Rudy Rucker is his own blend of strange. He wrote his Ph. D. thesis on the mathematics of higher infinities—and turned it into a novel about the transfinite afterworld: White Light. It was also a novel about Rucker's actual life—which is something he does. He calls it transrealism.
Soon after this, on a research grant in Heidelberg with his young family of five, Rucker wrote his well-known cyberbpunk tetralogy Software, Wetware, Freeware, and Realware—an early example of digital immortality. Rucker won the Philip K. Dick Award for Software and for Wetware.
You might say The Secret of Life marks Rucker's coming out as an alien. As his character faces his true nature, he takes on a series of awesome powers. He can change his face, shrink to the size of a thumb, fly around the Eiffel tower—and hand out joints to everyone at his college's annual student assembly. And this is important because government snipers are out to kill him. Why did youth rebel in the 60s? This transreal book will help you understand how it happened.
In Mathematicians in Love, Rucker returns to his roots. Two young mathematicians compete for the love of two women across space, time and logic—spinning out Dr. Seuss-like mathematical mumbo jumbo along the way. Berkeley grad students Paul and Bela have discovered the mathematical underpinnings of ultimate reality. Bela starts a wild rock band. And Paul hacks fundamental reality. But there are side effects.
Another combo volume: The Hollow Earth and Return to the Hollow Earth. One of Rucker's most demented—yet logical—constructs. Earth is hollow, like a tennis ball. And you're weightless in there! The gravity cancels out. The wondrous Hollow Earth holds jungles, seas, native tribes, flying pigs, killer nautiluses, giant ants, live flying saucers, and giant flying sea cucumbers. In The Hollow Earth, our young narrator Mason Reynolds leaves his farm, accompanied by Otha and the dissolute Edgar Allan Poe—and falls through a thousand-mile hole in the ice of Antarctica. And when Return to the Hollow Earth ends, they're in modern day Santa Cruz, California.
Saucer Wisdom. What if some nut was taking trips to the future in a UFO, and bringing back reports for Rudy Rucker to write up? In Saucer Wisdom, the ultimate transreal extravaganza, the author becomes one of the characters. Profusely illustrated with line drawings. And with two prefaces by Bruce Sterling.
Jim and the Flims. A surfing SF novel. Jim and the Flims is set in Santa Cruz, California . . . and in the afterlife. Jim Oster ruptures the membrane between our world and afterworld, creating a two-way tunnel between them. His wife is killed in the process. And now Jim faces an invasion of the aliens—who resemble blue baboons and flying beets. Aided by a posse of Santa Cruz surf-punks, Jim plunges into a mad series of adventures in the underworld—where he just might find his wife. Jim and the Flims is like classic myth retold for the 21st century. Except that it's funny.
Turing & Burroughs. What if Alan Turing, founder of the modern computer age, escaped assassination by the secret service to become the lover of Beat author William Burroughs? What if they mutated into giant shapeshifting slugs, fled the FBI, raised Burroughs's wife from the dead, and tweaked the H-bombs of Los Alamos? Welcome to Turing & Burroughs, A Beatnik SF Novel, compulsively readable, hysterically funny, with insane warps and twists—and a bad attitude throughout.
The Big Aha. Biotech has replaced machines. Qrude artist Zad works with living paint. His career's on the skids, and wife Jane threw him out. Enter qwet—it's quantum wetware! Qwet makes you high and gives you telepathy. A loopy psychedelic revolution begins. Zad and Jane travel through a wormhole and meet the aliens. Stranger than you ever imagined. What is The Big Aha?
Million Mile Road Trip is Rucker's smart, hilarious, and uniquely gnarly science fiction version of the classic road-trip story. When a seemingly-innocent trumpet solo opens a transdimensional connection to a parallel universe containing an endless plain divided into basin-like worlds, three California teens take a million-mile road trip across a landscape of alien civilizations in a beat-up, purple station wagon— with a dark-energy motor, graphene tires and quantum shocks. Their goal? To stop carnivorous flying saucers from invading Earth. And, just maybe, to find love along the way.
Complete Stories. Every one of Rudy Rucker's science-fiction stories, a trove of gnarl and wonder, from 1976 through 2022. Includes collaborations with Bruce Sterling, Marc Laidlaw, Paul Di Filippo, John Shirley, Terry Bisson, and Eileen Gunn. Ninety-six tales in all.
And—Juicy Ghosts. Telepathy, digital immortality, gossip molecules, and artificial ghosts, set amid a pitched battle to oust the evil forces of the nanopercenters, the Citadel Club, the Top Party, and the falsely elected President Ross Treadle. Rudy's wildest world yet.
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