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I see my tales as simulated worlds in which the characters and tropes and social situations bounce off each other like eddies in a turbulent wake, like gliders in a cellular automaton graphic, like vines twisting around each other in a jungle. (4) My early mentor Robert Sheckley was a supremely witty writer.
Over the years I got to spend a few golden hours in Sheckley’s presence.
You experience a release of tension when you notice a glitch. Perceiving an incongruity in our supposedly smooth-running society provokes a shock of recognition and a concomitant burst of laughter.
Something was off-kilter, and now you see what it was. Wit is a critical-satirical process that can be more serious than the “humorous” label suggests. Early on, I found that using myself and my friends as characters in my science-fiction tales appeals to me very much.
If I want to imagine, for instance, what our world would be like if ordinary objects were conscious, then the best way to make progress is to fictionally simulate a person discovering this.
The kinds of thought experiments I enjoy are different in intent and in execution from merely futurological investigations.
Complete Stories by Rudy Rucker Including collaborations with Bruce Sterling, Paul Di Filippo, Marc Laidlaw, John Shirley, Rudy Rucker Jr., Terry Bisson, and Eileen Gunn. Complete Stories is Copyright © 2017 Rudy Rucker as a volume, and the individual stories are copyrighted to their authors. Shop for an ebook or a print version of Table of Contents Introduction Jumpin’ Jack Flash Enlightenment Rabies Schrödinger’s Cat Sufferin’ Succotash A New Golden Age Faraway Eyes The 57th Franz Kafka The Indian Rope Trick Explained A New Experiment With Time The Man Who Ate Himself Tales of Houdini The Facts of Life Buzz The Last Einstein-Rosen Bridge Pac-Man Pi in the Sky Wishloop Inertia Bringing in the Sheaves The Jack Kerouac Disembodied School of Poetics Message Found in a Copy of Flatland Plastic Letters Monument to the Third International Rapture in Space Storming the Cosmos (Written with Bruce Sterling) In Frozen Time Soft Death Inside Out Instability (Written with Paul Di Filippo) The Man Who Was a Cosmic String Probability Pipeline (Written with Marc Laidlaw) As Above, So Below Chaos Surfari (Written with Marc Laidlaw) Big Jelly (Written with Bruce Sterling) Easy As Pie The Andy Warhol Sandcandle (Written with Marc Laidlaw) Cobb Wakes Up The Square Root of Pythagoras (Written with Paul Di Filippo) Pockets (Written with John Shirley) Junk DNA (Written with Bruce Sterling) The Use of the Ellipse the Catalog the Meter & the Vibrating Plane Jenna and Me (Written with Rudy Rucker Jr.) Six Thought Experiments Concerning the Nature of Computation MS Found in a Minidrive Guadalupe and Hieronymus Bosch The Men in the Back Room at the Country Club Panpsychism Proved Elves of the Subdimensions (Written with Paul Di Filippo) 2 2=5 (Written with Terry Bisson) Visions of the Metanovel The Third Bomb The Imitation Game Hormiga Canyon (Written with Bruce Sterling) The Perfect Wave (Written with Marc Laidlaw) Tangier Routines Message Found In A Gravity Wave Qlone Colliding Branes (Written with Bruce Sterling) Jack and the Aktuals or, Physical Applications of Transfinite Set Theory All Hangy (Written with John Shirley) To See Infinity Bare (Written with Paul Di Filippo) Bad Ideas Good Night, Moon (Written with Bruce Sterling) Fjaerland (Written with Paul Di Filippo) The Fnoor Hen Hive Mind Man (Written with Eileen Gunn) My Office Mate Yubba Vines (Writen with Paul Di Filippo) Loco (Written with Bruce Sterling) I Arise Again Apricot Lane Where the Lost Things Are (Written with Terry Bisson) Laser Shades Attack of the Giant Ants Water Girl (Written with Marc Laidlaw) Totem Poles (Written with Bruce Sterling) Like a Sea Cucumber The Knobby Giraffe Kraken and Sage (Written with Bruce Sterling) @tlantis (Written with Marc Laidlaw) Fat Stream I’ve arranged my stories in the order in which they were composed.
The introduction and the notes to the stories describe the stories' previous publications. On the whole, the later stories are better than the earlier ones, so you might do well to start reading somewhere towards the middle of this collection.In practice, it’s intractably difficult to visualize the side effects of new technological developments.In order to tease out the subtler consequences of current trends, a complex fictional simulation is necessary; inspired narration is a more powerful tool than logical analysis.Flipping through these tales, I feel a mixture of nostalgia, pride, and embarrassment.I used to write as if women were wonderful, fascinating aliens—over the years I’ve gotten better at depicting them as people.But if absolutely anything can happen, a story becomes as unengaging as someone else’s dream.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating