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An omnibus of Rudy Rucker's groundbreaking series [Software, Wetware, Freeware, and Realware], with an introduction by William Gibson, author of Neuromancer.
Paperback, 751 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Prime Books (first published March 29th 2010)
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Modi123
Four books spanning nearly twenty years (Software (1982), Wetware (1988), Freeware (1997), and Realware (2000)) and encompassing a shifting view on technology, drug use, sex, and the direction of humanity. Over all - I ended up really enjoying the direction this series took - though that was not my initial sentiment. Initial I took the books as a series of cheap melding of beatnick, science fiction, and an inappropriate dash of 'new words'. That still may be true for the first book, but taken as...more
Pierre A Renaud
"Between 1982 and 2000, Rudy Rucker wrote a series of four sci-fi novels that formed The Ware Tetralogy. The first two books in the series – Software and Wetware – won the Philip K. Dick Award for best novel. And William Gibson has called Rucker “a natural-born American street surrealist” or, more simply, one sui generis dude. And now the even better part: Rucker (who happens to be the great-great-great-grandson of Hegel) has released The Ware Tetralogy under a Creative Commons license, and you...more
Gary
OK. I see what all the fuss is about Rucker. He's 'out there' and I enjoyed the first 2 books in the series a lot but number 3 and definitely number 4 left me somewhat jaded. Real Ware in particular I found tedious after the first third. It became unfunny and rambling about trying to make too much out of too little plot line. Maybe I shouldn't have read all 4 on the trot but when they are bundled together in one massive volume what do the publishers expect?
I recommend the first 2 but perhaps it...more
Nick
I read the first of these novels shortly after it first came out, and was fascinated by Rucker's imagination. His idea and descriptions of Florida as a kind of nature preserve for Baby Boomers has stayed vivid through the intervening years. Reading all four novels in fairly rapid succession, what stays with me is his optimism about humankind: despite violence, greed, selfishness and our other vices, Rucker ultimately sees happy endings for us all. I will probably reread these novels whenever I a...more
JenniferRuth
Rucker's ideas are great...well thought out, imaginative and compelling. Over the course of the 4 books Rucker tells a story of technology rushing forward and pushing at the intellectual event horizon. Change happens fast and becomes more fantastic and more removed from human hands as the novels go on. It is a bit of a slow start in the first and second books but by the third I was hooked and in the fourth I was anticipating the singularity. I don't want to give away spoilers for the book so I w...more
Lisa
"I think you should kill him and eat his brain," Mr. Frostee said quickly.

"That's not the answer to every problem in interpersonal relations," Cobb said, hopping out.

How can I not love this author? Well, I don't "love" him: Mr. Rucker's books are a bit too challenging for my literary palate to accept easily. No, he makes me work the old grey matter and even the venerable William Gibson (who wrote the forward) describes Mr. Rucker as an acquired taste.

After a steady diet of fantasy, horror, "soft...more
Simon Bailey
It's hard not to echo other people's views on the tetralogy. Starts off very well IMO, it's engaging and plausible, the characters are actually pretty good and I found myself enjoying this all the way through until about the last book. At that point, Rucker's imagination was extended to a full limit I think. He had taken the concept of materialism and applied a meta-physics to it that while it gave him an unlimited possibility for story lines, became a limiting factor for the story because where...more
Samuel Polacek
Its rare to find such unpredictable science fiction. Too often authors present technology as the bane or the great solution of our existence. In this series, it is quite clearly a little from column A, a little from column B, and plenty of column C pops out of nowhere too.

A crazy ride through crazy developments leads us from wet machines through photoelectric circuitry and fungally aided electronics and ultimately leaves us surfing beams of light across the universe. Somehow mind-bogglingly insa...more
Gendou
This is a book all about taking drugs and having horrid sex with loveless, disgusting robots.
There is no science fiction in this book, beyond the magical idea that robotics and nanotechnology can magically make anything possible.
I have not yet read anything so base and devoid of merit.
Finishing this book felt like eating a rotten-eggs and diarrhea omelet.
(I only post reviews for books I FINISH reading!)

One main character, Sta-Hi, is a drug addled, adult-sized baby who is married to a woman's bod...more
Julie Salyards
This is a collection of Rucker's "Ware" novels, which follow the descendants of Cobb Anderson - a brilliant robot engineer and emancipator - and a handful of other characters over many decades amid ever changing AI technology. Although, I am not sure if AI or "robot" are appropriate words for Rucker's creations; they are robots, but they are also living and that is what is so intriguing about these books: the technology. It is cool, especially the idea of uploading personalities described in Sof...more
Eric Evans
Great book about the future of human kind and technology. It gets a little strange there for a bit but gets better as you move on. A fun read for anyone looking for a quick book to read.
Trevor Mcpherson
This book is like a firmware update for your brain.
Rucker does a good job of making the scientific and mathematical concepts that inform his fictional worlds reader friendly. At least this reader thinks so. Granted, those who are not fascinated by nanotechnology, emergent sentience and Artificial Intelligence may not be as taken as a geek like me, but so be it.

Without an overly geeky warp to your outlook, the books(Tetralogy consists of 4 related novels) still offer up some solid story lines, in...more
Mclasen Clasen
took a long time bu
Joshua
This is definitely the wildest set of cyberpunk stories I've ever read. It's filled with sex, drugs, and robots...often at the same time. Each book in the series gets more gonzo than the previous one. Imagine a book co-written by Isaac Asimov and Hunter S. Thompson and Douglas Hofstadter: lots of interesting speculation about robots and consciousness set in a world populated by utterly depraved people.

All four of the books are fun reads, but I think the second book, "Wetware", is probably the be...more
Mike
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viking
I debated giving this a three star review. Rucker is a great writer, he's out there in the same way Phillip K. Dick was, but I found the writing a little sloppy at times. There were characters added who didn't really contribute that much (the two entities in Joke's head for example), and some things never quite connected for me however; if you like the cyberpunk genre, this is certainly worth a read.
Nicholas Tollervey
It was fun at times but also full of "meh". That it took so long to finish indicates that I got bored of it but would eventually return for reasons that I still can't comprehend. Probably the thought that some of it had been quite entertaining (boppers) and I was hoping it'd get better.
Jason Talley
Excellent content, and flows one book right into another

I love the few Rudy Rucker books I have read. he is by far my favorite author. this combination of four books of his does not disappoint, and certainly left me wanting more.
Neil Clarke
Classic Rucker cyberpunk. I read the books in the volume when they were originally published years ago. Nice to see all of them back in print.

I designed the ebook edition for this volume. If you find mistakes, feel free to drop me a line.
Donald
I was apparently unconscious when these came out. Because, they are really good reads, the topics are right up my alley. Ah, if I could only go back and turn me on to this then. At least I found it now. You should, too.
Jeremy Brooks
An epic tale of technology changing in unexpected ways, the way humans depend on technology, and the nature of consciousness and God. As always, Rucker's imagination creates a world that is familiar and bizarre.
Patrick
I cannot make myself adjust my self to the "for it's time this was amazing" mindset needed to be impressed by this story. Which is a pity, because the writing itself is fast paced and solid.
Jim Nicholson
This is, I gather, supposed to be a pastiche of Philip K. Dick. It's made of fail. Worst thing I've ever read on a kindle. Do yourself a favor and download bad mind control porn instead.
Heather
The evolution of the artificial life forms was cool, the concept of the moldies was very cool, and I just could not make myself give a shit about any of the characters in this saga.
Ron
Apr 03, 2011 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
My first Kindle book. The Kindle does not show page numbers, as they vary by text size and other display settings. So far, this is an interesting and bizarre tale...
R.L.
Feb 22, 2014 R.L. marked it as did-not-finish
Having finished the first two books of the tetralogy, I gotta take a break. There are some interesting ideas, but the narrative is like a feverish dream.
David Welling


This was a lot of fun. A little lurid, a little ahead of it's time (when it was written) and at times, very,very clever.
Stan Golanka
Very out there, crazy, twisted-- but somehow also "real"(?) plus best supporting role goes to imipolex.
Falbs
Some of it seems to be targeted to the 10-12 year old boy demographic, but some solid ideas
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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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