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Publication Order of The Hollow Earth Books

The Hollow Earth (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return to the Hollow Earth (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notes for Return to the Hollow Earth (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Next Wave Books

Alien Tongue (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Genesis (By: S.C. Sykes,Eugene Mallove) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Modular Man (By: Roger MacBride Allen) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Postsingular Books

Publication Order of Ware Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

White Light (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spacetime Donuts (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sex Sphere (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Master of Space and Time (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hacker and the Ants (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saucer Wisdom (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spaceland of the Fourth Dimension (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Above, So Below (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spaceland (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frek and the Elixir (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mathematicians in Love (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jim and the Flims (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turing & Burroughs (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Visions (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Million Mile Road Trip (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of Life (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juicy Ghosts (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notes for Juicy Ghosts (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Jack and the Aktuals, or, Physical Applications of Transfinite Set Theory (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Night, Moon (With: Bruce Sterling) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loco (With: Bruce Sterling) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where the Lost Things Are (With: Terry Bisson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Totem Poles (With: Bruce Sterling) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The 57th Franz Kafka (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transreal! (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gnarl! (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mad Professor (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Complete Stories, Volume One (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transreal Cyberpunk (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hollow Earth & Return to the Hollow Earth (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fourth Dimension: Toward a Geometry of Higher Reality (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mind Tools (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Artificial Life Lab/Book and Disk (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seek! Selected Nonfiction (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Software Engineering and Computer Games (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nested Scrolls (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Essays (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
How To Make An Ebook (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journals I (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journals II (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Better Worlds (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notes for The Big Aha (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journals (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notes for Million Mile Road Trip (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of PM's Outspoken Authors Books

The Presidential Papers (By: John H. Kessel) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Human Front (By: Ken MacLeod) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Underbelly (By: Gary Phillips,Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoths of the Great Plains (By: Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modem Times 2.0 (By: Michael Moorcock,Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surfing the Gnarl (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patty Hearst & The Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials (By: Eleanor Arnason,Paul Krassner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raising Hell (By: Norman Spinrad,Eleanor Arnason) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gypsy (By: Carter Scholz) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be (By: Joe R. Lansdale,Eleanor Arnason) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire. (By: Elizabeth Hand,Eleanor Arnason) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Atheist in the Attic (By: Samuel R. Delany,Eleanor Arnason) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beatrix Gates (By: Rachel Pollack) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talk Like a Man (By: Nisi Shawl) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Girl (By: Meg Elison) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planetbreaker’s Son (By: Nick Mamatas) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Utopias of the Third Kind (By: Vandana Singh) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Shift (By: Eileen Gunn) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collapsing Frontier (By: Jonathan Lethem) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Mirrorshades(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mathenauts(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Semiotext SF(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storming the Reality Studio(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, November 1994(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ultimate Cyberpunk(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 11(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Golden Age SF(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 14(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieroglyph(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trumped(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Rudy Rucker
Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (Rudy Rucker), born March 22, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky, where he grew up. Rudy is the great-great-great-grandson of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

He attended St. Xavier High School before she earned a BA in mathematics from Swarthmore in 1967. He also got an MS (in the year 1969) and a PhD (in the year 1973) degrees in mathematics from Rutgers University.

From 1972 until 1978, Rudy taught math at the State of University of New York at Geneseo. Despite being liked by students and publish several papers and a book, many of his colleagues took offense at his long hair and his convivial relationships he had with philosophy and English professors amid some looming budget shortfalls. And as a result of this, he failed to get tenure in the department.

Because of a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Rucker taught at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg from 1978 until 1980.

He is a two-time winner of the Philip K. Dick Award (“Software” and “Wetware” which both won Best Book) and is a world-class mathematician. Rudy is one of the founders of the cyberpunk genre.

In addition to writing popular mathematics books and science-fiction, he has co-written many software programs, including a freeware flicker-cladding sim called CAPOW! and an adaptation of James Gleick’s Chaos. He teaches computer science at San Jose University.

Rudy writes the “Ware” series and the “Postsingular” series, as well as some stand alone novels. His debut novel, called “White Light”, was released in the year 1980. He also writes non-fiction books on infinity, fourth dimension, and the meaning of computation.

“The Secret of Life” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1985. The book tours the sixties with Conrad Bunger, the alter ego of Rudy Rucker. Almost suicidally reckless, he doesn’t seem destined to ever reach legal drinking age. Although, thanks to the supernatural powers he manifests when in crisis, not even the worst of mishaps interrupt the quest he is on for enlightenment, booze, and women.

From Catholic high school and into college, he slowly awakens to his secret identity as the energy being from outer space. His one solemn commission to go incognito and come back with the ultimate prize. Knowledge on the Secret Life. Trouble is, he is having too much fun to keep it all together.

These books are tons of fun, and the action is all fast paced and the story line stays interesting the entire way through. The novel is very enjoyable and an oddly satisfying book.

“Software” is the first novel in the “Ware” series and was released in the year 1982. Cobb Anderson is the creator of the ‘boppers’, which are sentient robots that wound up overthrowing their human overlords. Cobb is only an aging alcoholic who waits to die, and the big boppers threaten to absorb the little boppers, and eventually all the humans. Right into one melded, huge consciousness.

A few of the little boppers are not very keen on this idea, though, and a full-scale robot revolt has started on the moon, where all of the boppers live. At the same time, Ralph Numbers wants to give Cobb immortality by allowing a big bopper to slice up his brain and tape all his ‘software’. It sounds like a good idea to Cobb.

Rudy delivers an idea lover’s book and it is written quite well, and takes you away into a great pot-dream, with a ton of zany action and stoned philosophizin’ going on in this. This novel is funny, fun, and wild and readers like how this kicks off this series. Readers like the two main characters, Sta-Hi and Cobb, and enjoyed the ending quite a bit.

“Wetware” is the second novel in the “Ware” series and was released in the year 1989. In the year 2030, bopper robots in their own lunar refuge have found a way to infuse DNA wetware with software code of their own. The result is a brand new life form: the meatbop. After all, fair is fair. Humans built boppers, and now the bops build humans, well, kind of.

This is all part of an insidious plot that is about to ensnare Della Taze, who does not believe she has murdered her lover when she was a drug-induced ecstasy. Although, she cannot really be too sure. It is certainly catastrophic enough to call in Cobb Anderson, that pheezer that started it all, out of his cold-storage heaven.

The book packs quite a punch and leaves the mind of the reader scurrying down the endless potential paths of what could happen next in this world. Readers like that intelligence is intelligence in this book, no matter what the housing is, as it makes mistakes and kicks off all kinds of mischief, no matter what.

“Freeware” is the third novel in the “Ware” series and was released in the year 1997. Artificial life forms that are made of soft plastic and some gene-tweaked algae and mold. Moldies are evolved robots in 2053, and are universally despised and anatomically inventive. In a sleazy, low-rent future, sexual fraternization with moldies is entirely taboo, a sin that is not a concern to Randy Karl Tucker at all.

He is a Kentucky boy that has strayed seriously from the Heritagist religion’s stern teachings on the evils of artificial life, as he feels a strong something for Monique, a moldie maid and bookkeeper at the Clearlight Terrace Court Motel.

Her sudden and unexplainable abduction from the planet, along with the unsettling revelations about Randy’s own dubious origins, drags the degenerate flesher and those around him into a conspiratorial and ugly mess. Even while it pulls an unsuspecting humanity even closer to a shocking encounter with intergalactic intelligence.

Each of these books is something different with new focus, ideas, and plots, but follow from the previous ideas and continue the same history, all in a cohesive manner. This book was much more complicated and more technical than the first two in the series. All of Rucker’s world building and ideas are interesting.

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