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Nested Scrolls reveals the true-life adventures of Rudolf von Bitter “Rudy” Rucker—mathematician, transrealist author, punk rocker, and computer hacker. It begins with a young boy growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a businessman father who becomes a clergyman, and a mother descended from the philosopher Hegel. His career goals? To explore infinity, popularize t ...more
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Published by PS Publishing (first published December 6th 2011)
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Larry-bob Roberts
I first read Rucker sometime in the mid 80s, when some early Usenet comment alerted me to the Cyberpunk writers. I haven't read all of his novels. Real life would have to pale in comparison with the wild plots of his science fiction novels, but it's interesting here to see where the autobiographical (or as he would call it, transreal) elements of his fiction come from.

Definitely can relate to Rucker -- I'm the son of a math professor, and I have an undergrad degree in Math with a side dish of Co
Rudy Rucker's fiction has always fascinated me, mostly for the way he plays with philosophical and scientific themes and questions, working them out as the story proceeds, and for his evident fascination with and delight in this universe. In his memoir, he continues that practice with his usual verve, humor and frankness.
My review is up at SF Signal: . Summary: it was OK, some interesting details, but the casual tone did not create much empathy or resonance. Also, way too many editorial errors.
Totally entertaining and enjoyable, especially if you know Rudy personally and/or are a fan of his work. And of course, I especially enjoyed the parts where my own family members became part of the story.
Like a fun visit with an old friend!
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Rudolf von Bitter Rucker is an American mathematician, computer scientist, science fiction author, and one of the founders of the cyberpunk genre. He is best known for his Ware Tetralogy, the first two of which won Philip K. Dick awards. Presently, Rudy Rucker edits the science fiction webzine Flurb.
More about Rudy Rucker...
Software (Ware, #1) Wetware (Ware, #2) Freeware (Ware, #3) Postsingular Realware (Ware, #4)

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