Wetware (Ware, #2)
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Wetware (Ware #2)

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In 2030, bopper robots in their lunar refuge have founds a way to infuse DNA wetware with their own software code. The result is a new lifeform: the meatbop. Fair is fair, after all. Humans built the boppers, now bops are building humans. . .sort of. Its all part of an insidious plot thats about to ensnare Della Taze--who doesnt think she killed her lover while in drug-ind...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Avon Books
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I enjoyed Software, the first book in Rucker's Ware series, but this second installment was even better. The ideas were more unique and disturbing and took the logical steps forward that a series should which deals with artificial intelligence. For being such a slim read, it packs a punch and leaves the reader's mind scurrying down endless possible paths of what will happen next in the future Rucker has created.

I just love that as far this book is concerned, intelligence is intelligence, regard...more
Angela Alcorn
Rudy Rucker has reprinted the series as a complete set: The Ware Tetralogy. As a bonus, he's also released the whole Tetralogy as a free PDF available on his site.

The Ware Tetralogy (Ware, #1-4)
Rudy Rucker is something of an unsung hero of the Cyberpunk movement. Rudy should rightfully be considered the third aspect in a trinity that would include Bruce Sterling and William Gibson. In fact, one of my favourite stories in the seminal Mirroshades anthology—absolutely fundamental to understanding Cyberpunk—is Rudy’s Tales of Houdini. Possibly one of the earliest examples—along with Software—of posthuman or transhumanist literature; Wetware spins the central conceit of Software (humans dow...more
Luke Burrage
Finally got to the end! I think cyberpunk might not be for me.

Full review of Software and Wetware on my podcast, SFBRP episode #not-sure-yet-probably-about-227-or-228.
This one delves more deeply into the philosophy of meat and consciousness than the first in this series and for that reason was a more engaging read.

The characters have something of the dr Seuss about them still, individuals don't leave an impression and are interchangeable depending on their function... eg A female character's prime importance is about whether she can reproduce, similarly, a male who can't reproduce becomes less important to the plot because the plot is focusing on that idea a...more
"Wetware," the second book in the Ware series, picks up 20 years after the events of "Software." Earth has attacked the colony of "boppers," intelligent robots living on the moon, and driven them underground. Since then, an uneasy truce has been obtained between the humans and robots. Earth needs the cloned organs that the robots produce on the moon, and the robots require petroleum and raw materials from earth. As the story takes off, this equilibrium is shattered by a robot plot to unleash "me...more
If William S Burroughs and William Gibson had a strange lovechild...no, that is not doing justice to the weirdness that inhabits Rudy Rucker's 'Ware Tetralogy. While the first of the books, Software, introduced us to the boppers and their quest for immortality (via eating human brains), this book, Wetware, takes the story of the boppers to the next logical plateau: boppers want to merge with the wetware of the humans. He does this by first setting up the means by which boppers will be able to me...more
Felix Zilich
2031 год. После восстания лунных роботов-бопперов против своих старейшин прошло уже десять лет. За это время люди смогли вернуть себе поверхность спутника и переименовать бывшую бопперскую столицу в город Эйнштейн. Недобитые механизмы окопались после этих событий в недрах Луны, откуда и ведут по сей день свою активную подрывную деятельность, продолжая мечтать о дне расплаты.

В это время на Земле появился новый наркотик, который быстро стал проклятием всего человечества. Он называется “слив”, так...more
Another melting pot of ideas presenting the authors weird vision of the future of humans and robots and their uneasy, unharmonious relationship. No doubt greatly influenced by Asimov's earlier robot stories but here is a much more up to date exploration of AI by a man well qualified in the field. Like it's predecessor, Software, this also won the Philip K. Dick award.

Despite this however, the story is all over the place with barmy plot developments and unfathomable character motivations; they ju...more
I guess it was about 10 years ago when a guy I'd done some work for couldn't afford to pay me in cash, so he gave me a pile of books by Rudy Rucker, Bruce Sterling, Jack Womack and maybe a couple of other so-called cyberpunks. We had a mutual interest in theoretical mathematics and philosophy and he was of the opinion that these books would appeal to me. Which they did. Despite my distaste for what I perceived as the sci-fi aesthetic (aliens, big laser guns, android babes, etc.), the cyberpunks...more
Nicole G.
This book takes place twenty years after the events in "Software." In the intervening years, the humans have taken over the bopper civilization on the moon, and forced the boppers underground. The boppers are attempting to get their own back by attempting to merge their information with human, making what is termed a meatbop. The world-building is more developed here than in the first book. I'm really enjoying these.
Tämä ei ollut ihan minun makuuni. Paljon mässäiltiin ihmisten oman onnen tavoittelulla ja välinpitämättömyydellä toisia kohtaan. Kenelläkään ei mennyt hyvin. Lopusta pidin hämmästyttävää kyllä, koska se lupasi sentään jotain onnellisuutta, mistä syystä se ei kuitenkaan sopinut kokonaisuuteen.
Tai Viinikka
Jan 09, 2008 Tai Viinikka rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tai by: WTD
A quick one, and he throws out some ideas that were novel at the time. Their freshness still echoes. But the plotting went quite wide of the mark. This is not Neuromancer.

I do like the idea of just giving Florida to the old people. :)
Also good. The Kerouac/Poe references were great, and I finally realized that Imipolex(-G) is actually from Pyncheon. Unfortunately the Happy Cloak thing really ruined it for me.
I didn't really like Software, so why did I read the sequel? Maybe Software and Wetware came together in one book? I don't really remember.
Aug 06, 2011 Bryan added it
A creative story, but a little uneven and hokey in parts. Main role seems to be as a bridge between "Software" that precedes it and "Freeware" that follows.
Brick Marlin
Another great cyberpunk novel from the master himself! I'm really digging the fact of uncovering authors who I have never heard of. It is like buried treasure!
Dennis Schvejda
The second book of The Ware Tetralogy, "Wetware" was also awarded the Philip K. Dick Award. Better than the first book, much more going on!
I loved the *ware series by Rudy Rucker. All of his books are very funny and thought provoking.
Great book- funny and clever. I think I'm just a bit Ruckered out of it lately.
Jeffrey Hart
Loved this book. The robots decide they need to be more organic. Find out what happens.
Read this over the summer. Fun scifi a different view of the cyberpunk genre.
An awesome read. Wish there were a movie... or at least an animated series.
Not quite as good as Software, but not too shabby.
Aug 10, 2011 Glen added it
It was a great book!! Is it or am I just a Meat puppet?
Sequel to "Software"
Nick Sconce
The best of the series!
Totally warped. Original ideas on artificial intelligence, human-robot relations and drugs. Cyberpunk in all its twisted glory.
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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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