Help me find a book of Daemon's
January 17, 2008 11:29 PM Subscribe
I was told of a book of Daemon's, where the protagonist is a C coder who gets transported to a magical world where his code can do magic.
posted by Pontifex to media & arts (12 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I was told this by a co-worker during an internship. He was a big fan of all the things I thought was passe in my childhood. So we're talking about the 80's here when he read the book. And the book must've been pretty modern considering how hip and modern coding was at the time.
From what he told me the magical world our hero comes to is inhabited by people and magical creators (hence Daemon's). Magic is complicated and dangerous - a la Basic before C - and thus isn't practiced very much. I got the sense the setting was fairly feudal in governance. Our hero arrives and figures out that he can do magic, by whipping up some code to do things. He despise the feudalistic nature of the world he's come to live in and sets out to create new and safe code segments that people can copy and paste to do things. He creates libraries to make magic accessible.
Thus he goes on to save the day by creating a better world with the power of his code.
Thanks for your help. I'd truly love the title and author of this book so I can remind my friend of it; As he's since forgotten everything about it.