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It all begins 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 ...more
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Ben Babcock
Speculation about the future is often a problem of calibration. It’s difficult to dial in our predictions. Sometimes we are too optimistic, too expansive, allowing our imaginations to run away with the plot. Sometimes we are too cynical, too cautious, and end up failing to see what was so obvious in hindsight. Whatever the mode of the day, however, as a species we remain pretty bad at predicting the future. Where’s my flying car?

Indeed, how often do we see the future coming? Yet we insist on pro
Nov 28, 2010 Rachael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: specualtive-fic
The first chapter should have warned me away. Half the dialogue amounted to:
"Let me tell you what cool things this tech we've been working on together can do!"
"I know. Now let me tell you something else!"
"Isn't this fantastic that we can keep telling each other things we should both already know so we can bring the audience up to speed!"

This kind of obvious exposition is one of my pet peeves of bad writing, largely because it pushes the reader out of the story. The writing got better as the book
Feb 13, 2009 Sir_orfeo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is a ex-drug addict, a Mondo 2000 alumnus, a professor of advanced mathematics, a key figure in the creation of cyberpunk (he preferred the term "Transrealist") a 2 to the 3rd (minus two) descendant of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, a multi-PKD award winning novelist and completely obsessed with cuttlefish.

What could possibly go wrong?
Sep 29, 2008 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chloe by: Cory Doctorow
This book took me months to read and I'm not sure whether that's a mark of acclaim or disparagement. This was quite the imaginative story, one that offered a very keen look at a world overrun with nanomachines capable of rewriting reality at the cellular level and the risks and benefits associated with the singularity (ask a physicist).

However, what took me so long to read this book was that Rucker was so focused on the wonders of the technology and the possibilities for it that the story itself
Oct 28, 2007 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gonzo sci-fi at its best. Quantum computing, networked consciousness, self-aware evolving artificial intelligence. It's easy enough to get through. But there are a few times when I feel a little too much of deus ex machina, and that the focus of the story is on the technology.

Good writing should always be about the characters, and at some point in "Act III", this book loses sight of the people and you find yourself distracted by how Rucker's technological universe works. That is, until you reca
Jan 26, 2015 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At 1st this just seemed like reruns to me. The "nants", life-as-we-know-it-threatening nanotechnology intent on eating the Earth & its inhabitants & recreating them virtually in order to create a super-computer more in keeping w/ the nants's own self-organization, seemed like a rerun of Rucker's own The Hacker and the Ants (1994)
Hank Hoeft
When I was twelve or thirteen years old, I worried about the ecological death of the planet, because that was when ecological concerns were beginning to get a lot of media attention. And it didn't help that I read a lot of science fiction dealing with man-made environmental catastrophes. That was when I learned that science fiction could be scary. (The quasi-documentary "The Hellstrom Chronicles," about the eventual--and according to the movie, inevitable--takeover of the earth by insects scared ...more
Nov 22, 2009 Bruce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is difficult to write a review of such a work of unremarkableness. The story is forgettable, the writing unsalted, unbuttered grits, and the science is at best that warped nonsense promulgated by the modern media.Given the credentials of the author, disappointing. He can do better.
Oct 20, 2010 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, abandoned
It's not often that I abandon a book, but this one I just couldn't finish. (I might have forced myself to read a few more pages, but then the new Iain Banks book downloaded to the Kindle, so that was the end of that.) The science part of the sci-fi just felt unbelievable to me. Now, I can suspend my belief as much as the next man, unless the next man is a politician. But, it just didn't feel like it made any sense. I like sci-fi where the ideas are followed logically and the author creates inter ...more
Marc Weidenbaum
Rudy Rucker starts a reported trilogy with a book about nanotechnology remaking the world, and the consciousness of the world's inhabitants right along with it.

In fact, the world is remade at least twice in the book, first in a freak experiment, and then in a phreakier one. The law of unintended consequences is the law of the land in Rucker's re-re-imagined Earth, where a global, semi-organic network of sentient helper tech grants everyone a form of omniscience, and taps into other dimensions.
Nov 16, 2010 Marco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book clearly seem divided in 'short stories' somehow, with a main new idea in each.
What I like at first are some of the highly imaginative ideas 'strech' to a future/possible world.

The two first section are excellent, mostly because there are highly imaginative ideas/stretch put into a plausible world.

Then for the middle of the books is just 'good' keeping the main characters alive and the story evolving with action, power, high-tech scifi and plain old guns and explosions. (Although it kind
Mar 27, 2009 Stefan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Damn, but this is a weird book. In one of the first chapters, a fairly typical weird scientist character uses sentient nano-machines to deconstruct the planet Mars, turning it into a giant super-computer shaped like a Dyson sphere. As a result, the entire sky-view of Earth is now in effect the inside of the sphere. One of the scenes in this book that positively gave me the creeps was a description of that sphere being used as a gigantic Imax screen for political propaganda. Imagine looking up to ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I possibly came into this one with overly high hopes. Rudy Rucker is often mentioned as one of the key authors writing about the Singularity, a concept I find endlessly fascinating. I think I was kind of expecting another Accelerando, but this wasn't up to that level.

Postsingular tells the tale of a few folks who live through a very simplistic Singularity, and how they cope with the new always-networked world populated by artificial intelligences and strange beings from a parallel universe (spec
Jan 26, 2010 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a disaster!

I can barely form a coherent reveiew after reading such a waste of ideas. And the truly depresing aspect of the situation is how much potential those ideas had to be explored.

Above all, story and science aside, the characters had no dimension. In character-driven story telling, as this novel attempted to be, this is unacceptable in fiction. The characters were given adult problems and situations to deal with, just pleading for some well written prose and dialogue to fully
Nov 15, 2011 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this book. I've heard a lot of good things about Rudy Rucker and this was the first book of his I chose to read. I enjoy reading and writing about the Singularity, so it's not the topic that bugs me. It's not the tech. It's the cartoonish characters that leave me cold.

Early on the narrative centers on a family: A mom, a dad, and a kid. We live with them for a bit as the world disappears into a cloud of nanobot munchers. Cool. Then the equations are reversed and everything c
Larry-bob Roberts
Feb 10, 2009 Larry-bob Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Rucker's books a lot but it's been a while since I've read one. Fortunately my brother gave this to me as a gift. I found that it was a really fast read - Rucker is very good at presenting his conceptual material in a rapidly absorbable manner.

I think that there is something for other writers to learn from his plotting - each character actually has two plotlines - the goals of their ego and the goals of their id or libido.

And another element of the book that appealed to me is that it's se
May 17, 2015 Pavlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark CB
At once painfully awkward and mind-blowingly imaginative. The narrative is almost embarrassingly bad, but the scale of ideass on display make up for it... just barely.

Don't read this for its story telling, read it for its inventiveness. This book is way ahead of its time. Rudy Rucker will be remembered as some kind of prophet- i am sure about that.
Jan 02, 2009 Yian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most of Rudy Rucker's books, there are a lot of great ideas in the this book. I really enjoyed reading about some of the (almost) out-of-this-world ideas he came up with. I would say that the characters are a little...awkward, and there were a lot of main characters who didn't really evoke any emotion from me.
Guy Ferguson
I love RR, but perhaps this one was a little disjointed at the end. It did not keep me reading and in a state of not being able to put down the text, as usually the first (and second) read of a new RR will do. Or maybe my brain is just slowing down. There are good arguments on both sides.
Aug 2010 - just re-read. Enjoyable, some good ideas - a computer powered by the gnarly information contained in a running flow of water from a tap', okay, so it's short on detail, but somehow Rucker makes me be
May 02, 2016 Andre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rucker's novels are always a wild-ride.
What he does with this novel: Explores technology in a way that looks at what happens when ideas go rogue. Rucker grabs concepts and ideas in technology and not only leap frogs them forward, but then sets the free on a set of unexpected characters. This leads to some entertaining and sometimes insightful rabbit holes. Its amusing because these are the things we often don't discuss when talking about technology. The technologists often talk about what is po
Oct 21, 2013 Ryun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rudy Rucker obviously has something up his sleeve. Throughout his literary career, he has explored a huge variety of times and places, and his speculative skills are honed to the point that I’m starting to think that they aren’t speculation: Rudy Rucker is a dimensional wanderer, able to explore the possibilities of the past, present and future on a whim.

Submitted for your perusal: POSTSINGULAR, Rucker’s latest novel. Science-fiction enthusiasts will be familiar with the concept of the Singulari
Regina Zabo
Nov 22, 2010 Regina Zabo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In italiano:

I must confess it: in front of cyberpunk literature I'm virtually helpless. At every nanotech trick, singularity episode and arising metaverse I rejoice as though this were the first SF book I've ever read, or better, as if I wasn't reading at all in the first place. I get deep inside the novel, I let it carry me away, I lose track of time and space.

So when I found out that Rudy Rucker's latest novel was free to download (http://www.rudyrucke

Jan 31, 2009 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Post-Singular serves as another proof of Rudy Rucker’s ability to expand the minds of his readers beyond conventional space and time. Built from a short story on nanomachines that appeared independently (a plot heavily dependent on an autistic child and a mathematician who worked with paper and pencil because he didn’t trust computers and calculators), this novel considers possibilities of inter-dimensional reality that might have taken shape after the initial plot was foiled.

Without sharing any
Dec 21, 2013 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Postsingular, tiny machines devour the Earth and copy everybody they eat into a simulation... luckily, one of the machine's developers also created a backdoor, and with the help of his autisitc son, they're able to reverse the situation, restoring everybody.

Soon after, another set of tiny self-replicating machines are released, which don't devour, merely reproduce until they cover every inch of the Earth, sharing information with each other and the people they're on, changing society forever
Jun 02, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has fascinating ideas-- a nanotechnology "internet" that encompasses all the senses and pervades the world, a nearby semi-parallel dimension that (Dune-like) has sworn off digital technology... It's also one of the only books that I've read written by a non-Vietnamese author that a) uses the Vietnamese language correctly (he notes the proper pronunciation of Thuy's name, uses the word ban gai with proper Quoc Ngu diacritics), and b) features a Viet-Kieu main character without making an ...more
Apr 15, 2009 Clifford rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book is stuffed to the brim with big ideas. Like Gibson's Neuromancer, it feels as though it's ahead of it's time. Also, like many Gibson novels, there is almost religious obsession with emergent technologies and sub-cultures that revolve/evolve it. Some of the ideas explored in this book include: Quantum Computation/Quantum Entanglement, Encryption, Nanomachines, Teleportation, Collective Intelligences, Intelligent Agents, Parallel Universes, Universal Telepathy, Simulated Virtual Worlds a ...more
Eric Juneau
Nov 04, 2013 Eric Juneau rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a trippy, zippy neo-science fiction. Something that combines the campiness of old with the technology of new. I don't really like that sort of thing. It's like what Cory Doctorow writes and what "Snow Crash" evolved into. I don't like my science-fiction in my fantasy, especially when you start as one and migrate to the other.

The story is about a possible "singularity" (look it up). In this case, the singularity is all of us becoming computers, or basically the world becomes an Inte
Jan 14, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Try as I might, I just can't get into this style of sci-fi...I'm not even sure what identifies this "style," but it seems to involve a wacky, bohemian view of the future ("gonzo" is the term I see mentioned a bit)...admittedly, a weird thing to dislike, but...yeah.

Postsingular gives up the ghost in the first few pages: the singularity happens and from then on "crazy stuff" is the norm. Everything can be answered via the omnipresent web of "orphids," nothing is unknowable, and the main characters
Apr 19, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
It took me so long to get to read this book. it’s fantastic. i’ve been hearing about Rudy Rucker for many years as a worthy successor to Philip K. Dick and other mind-bending authors. this book is a science-fiction fantasy of sorts and didn’t disappoint me. it's into dimensional travel and the very interesting idea of living in a world where there really is no privacy. you're never alone. you can always be in contact with somebody and everyone all the time via semi-sentient nanotech network.

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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.
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