Rudy Rucker

Rudy Rucker

Infobox Person
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
birth_place = Louisville, Kentucky
death_date =
death_place =
death_cause =
resting_place =
resting_place_coordinates =
residence =
nationality = American
other_names =
known_for = Ware Tetralogy
education =
alma_mater = St. Xavier High School, Swarthmore College, Rutgers University
employer =
occupation = Author
home_town =
title =
salary =
networth =
height =
weight =
term =
predecessor =
successor =
party =
boards =
religion =
spouse =
partner =
children =
parents =
relatives = G.W.F. Hegel

website = [ Rudy Rucker]
footnotes =

Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (born March 22, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American computer scientist and science fiction author, and is one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary 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. [ [ The family tree of his mother's brother, Rudolf von Bitter.] ]

Rucker attended St. Xavier High School before earning a B.A. in mathematics from Swarthmore College, and a Master's and Ph.D. in mathematics from Rutgers University. He taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo from 1972–1978. Thanks to a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Rucker taught math at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg from 1978–1980. He then taught at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia from 1980–1982, before trying his hand as a full-time author for four years, and then settling at San José State University in 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 Press published 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 SUNY in 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 selection to develop computer software (a subject also developed in his "The Hacker and the Ants", written in 1994). His novels also put forward a mystical philosophy 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."



*The Ware Tetralogy
**"Software" (1982)
**"Wetware" (1988)
**"Freeware" (1997)
**"Realware" (2000)
*Transrealist novels
**"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
*Other Novels
**"Master of Space and Time" (1984)
**"The Hollow Earth" (1990)
**"Spaceland" (2002)
**"As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel" (2002)
**"Frek and the Elixir" (2004)
**"Mathematicians in Love" (2006)
**" [ Postsingular] " (Fall 2007)
**"Hylozoic" (in progress) sequel to "Postsingular"
*Story collections
**"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
*" [ The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul] " (2005)

[ List] on Rucker's SJSU web page. With links to each book's web page.


External links

* [ The Rudy Rucker website]
* [ Rudy Rucker's SJSU Home Page]
* [ Rudy Rucker's autobiography, written for "Contemporary Authors" in 2004]
* [ A story in a San Jose newspaper regarding Rucker]
* [ The Transrealist Manifesto]
* [ Flurb, a Webzine of Astonishing Tales] (Rudy Rucker, editor)
* [ Rudy Rucker: Everything is Computation - 3/1/2007]
* [ Radio interview] on Philosophy Talk

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать реферат

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Rudy Rucker — Rudy Rucker, 2006 Rudy Rucker (eigentlich Rudolf von Bitter Rucker; * 22. März 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) ist ein US amerikanischer Mathematiker, Computerwissenschaftler, Science Fiction Autor und Philosoph. Seine fiktionalen Werke werden zum… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Rudy Rucker — à l automne 2004 Nom de naissance Rudolf von Bitter Rucker Activités Informa …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rucker — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Atterson W. Rucker (1847–1924), US amerikanischer Politiker August Rucker (1900–1978), deutscher Architekt, Hochschullehrer und Politiker Darius Rucker (* 1966), US amerikanischer Musiker (Hootie and the… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Rucker — is a surname, and may refer to:* Darius Rucker Lead singer of the band Hootie and the Blowfish * Frostee Rucker an American football defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals * Martin T. Rucker a Democratic member of the Missouri House of… …   Wikipedia

  • Rudolf von Bitter Rucker — Rudy Rucker, 2006 Rudy Rucker (eigentlich Rudolf von Bitter Rucker; * 22. März 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) ist ein US amerikanischer Mathematiker und Science Fiction Autor, der zum Cyberpunk Genre gerechnet wird …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Liste der Biografien/Ru — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • List of cyberpunk works — The following is a list of works commonly ascribed to the cyberpunk genre of science fiction. While some of these works mdash; such as Neuromancer and Blade Runner mdash; have become accepted as archetypal examples of cyberpunk, the… …   Wikipedia

  • White Light (novel) — infobox Book | name = White Light title orig = translator = image caption = author = Rudy Rucker illustrator = cover artist = country = United States language = English series = genre = Science fiction novel publisher = Ace Books; Wired Books… …   Wikipedia

  • Mathematicians in Love —   Author(s) Rudy Rucker …   Wikipedia

  • Flurb — is a science fiction webzine, edited by noted science fiction author Rudy Rucker. In addition to short stories, Flurb features paintings and photography by Rucker. It is released on a quarterly basis, the most fifth and most recent edition going… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”