- Rudy Rucker
name = Rudy Rucker
image_size = 222px
caption = Rudy Rucker, Fall 2004, photo by Georgia Rucker
birth_name = Rudolf von Bitter Rucker
birth_date = birth date and age|1946|03|22
nationality = American
alma_mater = St. Xavier High School,
Swarthmore College, Rutgers University
relatives = G.W.F. Hegel
website = [http://www.rudyrucker.com/ Rudy Rucker]
Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (born
March 22, 1946in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American computer scientistand science fictionauthor, and is one of the founders of the cyberpunkliterary movement. The author of both fiction and non-fiction, he is best known for the novels in the Ware Tetralogy, the first two of which ("Software" and "Wetware") both won Philip K. Dick Awards. At present he edits the science fiction webzine Flurb.
Rucker is the great-great-great-grandson of the philosopher G.W.F. Hegel. [ [http://www.rudyrucker.com/pdf/vonbittertreelarge.pdf The family tree of his mother's brother, Rudolf von Bitter.] ]
Rucker attended St. Xavier High School before earning a B.A. in
mathematicsfrom Swarthmore College, and a Master's and Ph.D. in mathematics from Rutgers University. He taught at the State University of New York at Geneseofrom 1972–1978. Thanks to a grant from the Alexander von HumboldtFoundation, Rucker taught math at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelbergfrom 1978–1980. He then taught at Randolph-Macon Women's Collegein Lynchburg, Virginiafrom 1980–1982, before trying his hand as a full-time author for four years, and then settling at San José State Universityin 1986, from which he retired in 2004. A mathematician with serious philosophical interests, he has written "The Fourth Dimension"; "Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension"; and "Infinity and the Mind". Princeton University Presspublished new editions of " Infinity and the Mind" in 1995 and in 2005, both with new prefaces; the first edition is cited with fair frequency in academic literature.
As his "own alternative to cyberpunk," Rucker developed a writing style he terms
Transrealism. Transrealism, as outlined in his 1983 essay "The Transrealist Manifesto," is science fiction based on the author's own life and immediate perceptions, mixed with fantastic elements that symbolize psychological change. Many of Rucker's novels and short stories apply these ideas. One example of Rucker's Transrealist works is "Saucer Wisdom," a novel in which the main character is abducted by aliens. Rucker and his publisher marketed the book, tongue in cheek, as non-fiction.
His earliest Transrealist novel, "White Light," was written during his time at
Heidelberg. This Transrealist novel is based on his experiences at SUNYin Geneseo.
Rucker often uses his novels to explore scientific or mathematical ideas; "White Light" examines the concept of infinity, while the
Ware Tetralogy(written from 1982 through 2000) is in part an explanation of the use of natural selectionto develop computer software(a subject also developed in his "The Hacker and the Ants", written in 1994). His novels also put forward a mysticalphilosophy that Rucker has summarized in an essay titled, with only a bit of irony, "The Central Teachings of Mysticism" (included in "Seek!", 1999).
His recent non-fiction book, "The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: What Gnarly Computation Taught Me About Ultimate Reality, the Meaning Of Life , and How To Be Happy" summarizes the various philosophies he's believed over the years and ends with the tentative conclusion that we might profitably view the world as made of computations, with the final remark, "perhaps this universe is perfect."
**"White Light" (1980)
**"Spacetime Donuts" (1981)
**"The Sex Sphere" (1983)
**"The Secret of Life" (1985)
**"The Hacker and the Ants" (1994) (Revised 'Version 2.0' 2003)
**"Saucer Wisdom" (1999) novel marketed as non-fiction
Master of Space and Time" (1984)
**"The Hollow Earth" (1990)
**"As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel" (2002)
**"Frek and the Elixir" (2004)
Mathematicians in Love" (2006)
**" [http://www.rudyrucker.com/postsingular/ Postsingular] " (Fall 2007)
**"Hylozoic" (in progress) sequel to "Postsingular"
**"The Fifty-Seventh Franz Kafka" (1983)
**"Transreal!", also includes some non-fiction essays (1991)
**"Gnarl!" (2000), complete short stories
**"Mad Professor" (2006)
*"Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension" (1977)
*(editor), "Speculations on the Fourth Dimension: Selected Writings of Charles H. Hinton", Dover (1980), ISBN 0-486-23916-0
Infinity and the Mind" (1982)
*"The Fourth Dimension" (1984)
*"Mind Tools" (1987)
*"All the Visions" (1991), memoir
*"Seek!" (1999), collected essays
*"Software Engineering and Computer Games" (2002), textbook
*" [http://www.rudyrucker.com/lifebox/ The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul] " (2005)
[http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/rucker/works.htm List] on Rucker's SJSU web page. With links to each book's web page.
* [http://www.rudyrucker.com The Rudy Rucker website]
* [http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/rucker Rudy Rucker's SJSU Home Page]
* [http://www.rudyrucker.com/pdf/autobiography2004.pdf Rudy Rucker's autobiography, written for "Contemporary Authors" in 2004]
* [http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/08.07.03/rucker-0332.html A story in a San Jose newspaper regarding Rucker]
* [http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/rucker/transrealistmanifesto.pdf The Transrealist Manifesto]
* [http://www.flurb.net/ Flurb, a Webzine of Astonishing Tales] (Rudy Rucker, editor)
* [http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2007/03/01/sf-writer-rudy-rucker-everything-is-computation/ Rudy Rucker: Everything is Computation - 3/1/2007]
* [http://philosophytalk.org/pastShows/Infinity.htm Radio interview] on
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