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It begins the day after next year in California. A maladjusted computer industry billionaire and a somewhat crazy US president initiate a radical transformation of the world through sentient nanotechnology; sort of the equivalent of biological artificial intelligence. At first they succeed, but their plans are reversed by Chu, an autistic boy. The next time it isn't so easy to stop them.Most of the story takes place in our world after a previously unimaginable transformation. All things look the same, and all people feel the same but they are different (they're able to read each others' minds, for starters). Travel to and from other nearby worlds in the quantum universe is possible. And our world is visited by giant humanoids from another quantum universe, some of whom mean to tidy up the mess we've made.Or maybe just run things."
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Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor. He is regarded as contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice. His thirty published books include both novels and non-fiction books. A founder of the cyberpunk school of science-fiction, Rucker also writes SF in a realistic style known as transrealism.

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Alt-cultural folk strive to save Earth from digitized doom in this novel from the prince of gonzo SF. A computer mogul's threat to replace messy reality with clean virtuality and by a memory-hungry artificial intelligence called the Big Pig propels nanotechnologist Ond Lutter, his autistic son, Chu, and their allies on an interdimensional quest for a golden harp, the Lost Chord, strung with hypertubes that can unroll the eighth dimension and unleash limitless computing power. Though he tries to unite the hard and the fuzzy sides of physics, Rucker (Mathematicians in Love) favors the flower power of San Francisco over the number crunching of Silicon Valley. His novel vibrates with the warm rhythms of dream and imagination, not the cold logic of programming (or, for that matter, plotting). Playing with the math of quantum computing, encryption and virtual reality, Rucker places his faith in people who find true reality "gnarly" enough to love. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In the very near future, two influential and maladjusted individuals initiate a radical transformation of the world through the use of sentient nanotechnology-only to have their plans foiled by Chu, the autistic son of two scientists engaged in nanotechnology research. The persistence of money and politics, however, creates a strange new world in which humans become telepaths and can travel to other worlds in the quantum universe; finally, gigantic visitors from another place entirely arrive to sort things out. Rucker (Frek and the Elixir) excels in mind-bending premises and thought-stretching stories peopled with appealingly flawed characters that resonate with familiarity despite their eccentricities. A Sci Fi ESSENTIAL title, this quantum romp belongs in most sf collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channeling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the singularity." --William Gibson, author of Spooks"Rucker takes on the hot topics of nanotechnology and the transformation of humanity with exuberance and irreverent wit....Wildly inventive, tossing out ideas on the cutting edge of science with attention to their most offbeat consequences." --The Denver Post"Rucker puts the weird in science. String theory might as well have been invented to give rise to mind-benders like this book." --Cory Doctorow"This is over-the-top as only Rudy Rucker can do it." --Analog Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channeling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the singularity. "William Gibson, author of Spooks" Rucker takes on the hot topics of nanotechnology and the transformation of humanity with exuberance and irreverent wit .Wildly inventive, tossing out ideas on the cutting edge of science with attention to their most offbeat consequences. "The Denver Post" Rucker puts the weird in science. String theory might as well have been invented to give rise to mind-benders like this book. "Cory Doctorow" This is over-the-top as only Rudy Rucker can do it. "Analog"" "Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channeling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the singularity."--William Gibson, author of "Spooks ""Rucker takes on the hot topics of nanotechnology and the transformation of humanity with exuberance and irreverent wit....Wildly inventive, tossing out ideas on the cutting edge of science with attention to their most offbeat consequences.""--The Denver Post ""Rucker puts the weird in science. String theory might as well have been invented to give rise to mind-benders like this book."--Cory Doctorow "This is over-the-top as only Rudy Rucker can do it.""--Analog" Praise for "Postsingular" "Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channeling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the singularity."--William Gibson, author of "Spooks""Rucker takes on the hot topics of nanotechnology and the transformation of humanity with exuberance and irreverent wit....Wildly inventive, tossing out ideas on the cutting edge of science with attention to their most offbeat consequences.""--The Denver Post""Rucker puts the weird in science. String theory might as well have been invented to give rise to mind-benders like this book."--Cory Doctorow"This is over-the-top as only Rudy Rucker can do it.""--Analog" Praise for "Postsingular": "Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channeling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the singularity."-William Gibson, author of "Spooks ""Rucker takes on the hot topics of nanotechnology and the transformation of humanity with exuberance and irreverent wit....Wildly inventive, tossing out ideas on the cutting edge of science with attention to their most offbeat consequences.""-The Denver Post ""Rucker puts the weird in science. String theory might as well have been invented to give rise to mind-benders like this book."-Cory Doctorow "This is over-the-top as only Rudy Rucker can do it.""-Analog" Praise for "Postsingular": "Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channeling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the singularity."--William Gibson, author of "Spooks ""Rucker takes on the hot topics of nanotechnology and the transformation of humanity with exuberance and irreverent wit....Wildly inventive, tossing out ideas on the cutting edge of science with attention to their most offbeat consequences.""--The Denver Post ""Rucker puts the weird in science. String theory might as well have been invented to give rise to mind-benders like this book."--Cory Doctorow "This is over-the-top as only Rudy Rucker can do it.""--Analog" Praise for "Mathematicians in Love" "Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channeling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the singularity."--William Gibson, author of "Pattern Recognition" "Dr. Seuss meets Dr. Wolfram by way of Dr. Leary. This is vintage Rucker: whimsical and weird, with a chewy center of hard physics that's gnarly as hell." -Cory Doctorow, author "of Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town" "A mind-bending tale. In a riotously twisting plot, complete with hypertunnels, alien shellfish from a parallel universe, and an improbable resolution to the threesome's romantic dilemma, Rucker pulls out all the stops for one of his most entertaining yarns to date." --"Booklist" Praise for Mathematicians in Love & nbsp; "Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction.& nbsp; Someone simultaneously channeling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the singularity." --William Gibson, author of Pattern Recognition & nbsp; " Dr. Seuss meets Dr. Wolfram by way of Dr. Leary. This is vintage Rucker: whimsical and weird, with a chewy center of hard physics that's gnarly as hell." - Cory Doctorow, author of Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town & nbsp; " A mind-bending tale. In a riotously twisting plot, complete with hypertunnels, alien shellfish from a parallel universe, and an improbable resolution to the threesome ' s romantic dilemma, Rucker pulls out all the stops for one of his most entertaining yarns to date. " -- Booklist

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