Thursday, 09 April 2020



This is the second time in as many months that we are sharing something by Rudy Rucker.  But what can we say about one of our favorite Cyberpunk authors?  He's a great guy and loves to share his stuff for free.  I will say that these works are also offered for sale on Kindle and other electronic formats as well as paper formats.  If you like the works, or even if you don't we think you should support the artist and buy it.  We are sure Mr. Rucker would appreciate it and if you like Cyberpunk it would be hard not to find something of his that you do like.  This week we are offering "Postsingular".  As its title suggests, the story takes place after a singularity event.  Or after a period where machines achieve some modicum of awareness if not complete awareness.  It is told in the style of Rucker's "Transreal" method, which many who don't understand what it is, become frustrated with it.  In other words, it is told from the perspective of, as Cory Doctorow puts it, : "...a dope-addled exploration of the way-out fringes of string theory and the quantum universe...".  

I'm going to take the time to explain something about my feelings about Rucker.  Ever since the "Ware Tetraology" I have viewed him as my "Steve Jobs".  Steve was this so-called hippy who was, in part, responsible for the advent of the modern age of computing.  He was a high priest of the oncoming digital age.  Rucker has always been that for me.  He didn't just extoll the virtues of technological advancements.  He tries to tell stories that surround those advancements and from the point of view of some very improbable characters.  He wasn't just some hippy selling computers (sorry Jobs fans), he was a person with an intimate knowledge of the topics his stories encompassed. If transrealism is confusing to you, it's only because you haven't bothered to step into the character and the story.  Not unlike being swept into an undertow, reading a book like this will take you off your feet and leave you disoriented for a time.  As it should.  

Included below is a link to the book and as a bonus, a link to Mr. Rucker's writing notes for all those who want to geek out over his process a bit.

Postsingular (mobi)

Postsingular Notes (pdf)