Cook, Rick - Wizardry 1 - Wizardry Compiled

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Unformatted text preview: WIZARDRY COMPILED by Rick Cook C lic k h e r e t o b u y A B B Y Y P D F Tra nsf o r m e r 2 . w w w .A BB YY .c o m C lic k h e r e t o b u y A B B Y Y P D F Tra nsf o r m e r 2 . w w w .A BB YY .c o m This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. The Wizardry Compiled copyright © 1990, both by Rick Cook All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form. A Baen Books Original Baen Publishing Enterprises P.O. Box 1403 Riverdale, NY 10471 ISBN: 0-671-69856-7 Cover art by Tom Kidd First printing, October 1997 Distributed by Simon & Schuster 1230 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Typeset by Windhaven Press, Auburn, NH Printed in the United States of America C lic k h e r e t o b u y A B B Y Y P D F Tra nsf o r m e r 2 . w w w .A BB YY .c o m C lic k h e r e t o b u y A B B Y Y P D F Tra nsf o r m e r 2 . w w w .A BB YY .c o m BOOK TWO: The Wizardry Compiled Part I: LOAD TIME One : Politics and Strange Bedfellows You can always tell a really good Idea by the enemies it makes. —programmers' axiom Pelus the wizard paused for dramatic effect. " . . . and so, My Lords, we must act quickly," he concluded ringingly. For the sixth time that morning. "Not so quickly, not so quickly," old Honorious said testily from the end of the table. He cleared his throat and prepared to restate his position for the eighth time. The traceried windows along the south wall of the council chamber had been thrown open and the fitful summer breeze rustled the brightly colored tapestries hung along the buff sandstone walls. Outside trellised roses climbed the walls and peeked in the windows, perfuming the air. The stained glass in the window panes threw patches of brilliant color on the walls, the table and the men and women in the chamber. Sitting at the long wooden table was the Council of the North. Fifteen of the mightiest wizards in the World—and one programmer from Cupertino, California who was bored out of his skull. William Irving Zumwalt, "Wiz" to his friends, "Sparrow" to most, tried to shut out the C lic k h e r e t o b u y A B B Y Y P D F Tra nsf o r m e r 2 . w w w .A BB YY .c o m C lic k h e r e t o b u y A B B Y Y P D F Tra nsf o r m e r 2 . w w w .A BB YY .c o m bickering and concentrate on the latest improvement to his magic compiler. It wasn't easy, especially since every so often he would be called on to say something and he had to keep at least one ear cocked to the conversation. The Council had been arguing over the same point for the entire morning. Everyone knew that eventually they would do it, just as everyone knew the idea was good as soon as it had been proposed. But Agricolus had to get his opinions on record, Juvian saw an opportunity to snipe at Pelus and Honorious was constitutionally opposed to anything that looked like action. The result was a three-hour wrangle over nothing much.looked like action....
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