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Comment on Rudy & Paul Di Filippo in Lovecraft’s “Lost City of Leng” by David Davisson

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 01:33:11 +0000

Thank you for all yr posts about the writing process. I love the behind-the-scenes look!

Comment on Chicago by Ken Sherman

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:15:07 +0000

Thanks Rudy. Your blogs are a kindness.

Comment on Chicago by Tom Fool

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:23:07 +0000

Once again, thank you Rudy, for sharing your life with us. You go to fascinating places and do extraordinary things and then share the experience with us. I have ten comments for every photo but it would get tiresome to have to read so I'll just say again, thanks! Your life is it's own book.

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by Rudy

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:32:29 +0000

Roy, yep that is my granddaughter. I liked the view of the art glass and the window, but it needed more, so I asked her to walk across in front of me, and I happened to catch that impish pose. I'd like to include people in my photos more often, as they do liven things up!

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by Roy Whelden

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:28:22 +0000

Rudy, is that truly your own “impish grandchild” in the Madison museum photo?

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by Rudy

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 17:04:47 +0000

Thanks for the comments, guys. Greg, I plan to be at the Worldcon in SJ this summer, so hope to see you there. Will certainly sign books at that con, also when I do a reading at Borderlands Books in SF this spring sometime. Borderlands tends to carry some pre-signed books by me in any case. Joel, thanks for saying my blog posts are positive. Maybe one of these days I'll do an appearance in Madison. Tobos, I thought your comments were interesting, no worries about sounding out-there. Book recommendations? Recently I enjoyed Doctorow's "Walkaway" and Brown's "Tropic of Kansas"---reviewed both of those in recent posts on this blog. And, as always, if you've never read Phil Dick's "Scanner Darkly," that's a big treat, along with Stross's "Accelerando". De Jane, there are a number of my titles free online (See the "FREE Books" link at the upper right corner of my blog page), and you can forge my signature onto a paper napkin and I'll be virtually at your side.

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by De Jane

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 13:53:29 +0000

Hey Joel! I would also love to get all my books Rucksigned except I don't have any hardcopies LOL. I'm a broke student from Canada so traveling to the states might be a little tricky! Someday maybe as well...

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by Tobos Roreuho

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 04:25:34 +0000

Sorry about that earlier post. It sounded like I was flying pretty high myself and got lost into that picture! Do you know if Greg has any good recommendations for sf books. I really like that lastest blade runner movie that is/was out. I was reading Le Guin's The Dispossessed but I'm now living the dream so to speak and sort of lost interest. I might still pick it back up. Any thoughts?

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by Gregory Benford

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:55:33 +0000

Greg Ketter is a mensch who keeps the sf flame. I too eagerly watch down from airplanes. Gives sense of proportion and history, also whazzat moments. Cons are best when you know plenty people, as I was at Loscon last week. Readers are thin on the ground at cons but worth it still--especially San Joe next year!

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by Tobos Roreuho

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:48:25 +0000

Cool picts and interesting commentary! I especially liked reading your experience on the airplane. I think a lot of people enjoy the popular item du jour and can’t be bothered with looking outside the plane window and seeing the big picture. Although, I think that abstract vantage point is what makes for the interesting viewpoint. I'm not a fan of heights myself and can find it dizzying (maybe that’s why you were feeling aloof). It’s nice that you take time to see the beauty on a more grounded level. As for the panelists at the con, it amazes me the number of English teachers that don't have a clue about human nature (even though that's what it's suppose to be about...). I also wanted to mention, that’s a pretty cool gnarly zone between the boring prairies and the chaotic mountain range.

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by Tim

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:52:12 +0000

I like that impish grandchild photo. Getting off the interstate and looking for gas stations in little towns would always put me in that mindset of what if I lived here. When I lived on the coast, I imagined all of the people driving along 101 wondering what it would be like to be me.

Comment on An SF Con and a Visit to Madison by Joel Ward

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:53:23 +0000

I really wanted to go to this con but the schedule didn't work. Nice to see you with Greg Ketter - recently met back up with him after many years and he's as nice a man and bookseller as he ever was. I have so many books at home that I bought from by mail and at cons long ago. Maybe someday I can get all my Ruckerbooks signed. Being from Madison (where I met Greg at a Wiscon when I was in high school), loved that part of your journey too, Rudy. You're always very positive on your blog and I enjoy that greatly.

Comment on “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future” by Rudy Rucker

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:43:58 +0000

Hi Fernando. I don't have time to give you personal advice on your writing. But I do have a document called "A Writer's Toolkit" online, which contains material I've used in a would of writers' workshops. Maybe there's something in there that's useful for you. You can find this document (and also files of notes on how I've written each of my books) on my Writing page.

Comment on “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future” by Fernando

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:56:04 +0000

Hi Rudy. I'm trying to write a little novel / experiment kind of cyberpunk topic. Your work looks really complete around the genre, and maybe you could help me, gime me some advise. That would very kind. Thanks and regards.

Comment on Ballula, Mt. Um, Louisville, Mammoth Cave by Tom Fool

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:47:35 +0000

Caves - they take us to Hades, if we are not careful! Plus, don't go there if you are claustrophobic like me! But the wide open ones are fun. Once again, great photos. You have such a wide ranging background that keeps me coming back for more. Kentucky, Wyoming, San-Ho (as you put it), cellular automata, and of course, all of your various and sundry writings. Keep on keeping on!

Comment on “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future” by Tom Fool

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:40:25 +0000

Wow. Just fugging wow. I don't even know where to start. You and Embry on the hog; you just jump off the page --- 'that's Rudy!' And the shot of your kids - it should be on your living room wall! And the 'Riviera', I just shouted out 'I bet that's Sylvia' then look at the caption: yup, it is. You could have stopped 20 years ago and would still be a master of your art! Keep it coming, dude, keep it coming. Love to all of you and yours.

Comment on “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future” by Teena Maddox

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:01:37 +0000

Hi Rudy - This topic is fascinating. (The understatement of the year.) I am going to attend your talk at IdeaFestival tomorrow and I'd love to do a short video interview with you to accompany the article on TechRepublic. Please email me if you're interested. (I'm also a Louisville native who eventually moved to California. So at least we have that in common.)

Comment on Free Books by Rudy Rucker by Lee

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 19:18:34 +0000

Thank you for the cc books. I've not yet read 'The Big Aha' or 'Postsingular' and am looking forward to reading them.

Comment on Road Trip to Wyoming by Rudy

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 23:53:00 +0000

Don, yes it's hard to grasp how big the U.S. is till you get out there and drive around. Feels good, all that space and air. David, yes, we should move there! :) And walker, I agree that it would be great to just camp every night on the ground, and I dream of doing this, but...when we're driving a lot every day it feels impractical, especially since our camping technique is anything but finely honed. Someday! Maybe when I'm younger... Anyway, as you suspect, there is a certain charm to seeing the small towns close up.

Comment on Road Trip to Wyoming by walker

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:09:56 +0000

Motels instead of campsites? You're missing the nighttime wildlife, the starry dome, the fresh weather. But maybe you prefer the truckstop/Main Street ambience. ~shrug~ Thanks for the tour though!

Comment on Road Trip to Wyoming by David Dye

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:55:26 +0000

Thanks for sharing. I know too well the "we should move here" urge as well as the wifely "no." Great gnarly photos.

Comment on Road Trip to Wyoming by Donald Marritz

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:03:24 +0000

thanks for the travelogue, Roo....we just did a 2-week trip out West was life-changing...

Comment on Cory Doctorow’s WALKAWAY by superkuh

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:56:34 +0000

To me "Walkaway" seemed like Doctorow's attempt to distance himself from and refute the core ideas of his earlier books which glorified meritocracies and reputation systems. As an aside, git is the name of the revision control system. Github is a commercial platform and social network based around providing git+bug tracking as a service. Another author that does actual computing practices really well is Daniel Suarez in his "Daemon" books.

Comment on Christopher Brown THE TROPIC OF KANSAS. Radical SF. by Roy Whelden

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:13:17 +0000

Great review. Reading Rucker is like playing Bach; you feel really smart when you're doing it.

Comment on Cory Doctorow’s WALKAWAY by Bruce McRae Campbell

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:27:58 +0000

I started the quest to read this about a month or two before the official release, then couldn't wait until Cory's tour to buy and begin reading. Already slightly sweaty and mildly scuffed by the time I handed it to Cory to be signed, I found it one of those books I race to finish, while at the same time dreading it's completion, as then what? Realizing it as the chronological bridging novel between Makers and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (something Cory brought up during his Q&A in Vancouver in May) brings some interesting possibilities for a Makerverse extended world to continue building. Like, was Keep-A-movin'-Dan a survivor of the Akron Ohio siege? Great review, thanks Rudy!

Comment on Cory Doctorow’s WALKAWAY by doug

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:19:43 +0000

Job creator reminds me of philanthropist, angel investor, etc. And books from like the year 1700 where one had to go on at the beginning about how the king was the most amazing perfect man in the history of men. *places walkaway on to-read list*

Comment on Hooray! by womans_voice

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 01:45:46 +0000

Very happy to hear that you are still a success in the publishing world. Congrats on your anniversary. You and your wife still look like the best of friends. That's a REAL measure of success. :)

Comment on Hooray! by Z

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:44:47 +0000

Super cool about the deal!

Comment on Last Chance for Nine of Rudy’s Transreal Books by Grego

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:25:27 +0000


Comment on Musing Attractors or How to Write by Rudy

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:49:07 +0000

Gayle and James, glad you appreciate the power of the green shoot. Speaking of green fuse, James, thanks for reminding me of Dylan Thomas, "The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower."

Comment on Musing Attractors or How to Write by James Littlefield

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:56:52 +0000

Just a note to say hope that wasn't you from whom I stole a line about green fuse sidewalks cracking forty almost fifty years ago. Cheers

Comment on Swarthmore 50th Reunion. Louisville Icons. by womans_voice

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:55:09 +0000

That thing they have their hands on... it's Sauron's Palantir. :) Lovely stories of your college reunion. And of Old Louisville. What you say about racing jockeys is true. A tougher breed you will be hard pressed to find.

Comment on Swarthmore 50th Reunion. Louisville Icons. by geebert

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:41:42 +0000

Loves it!

Comment on Musing Attractors or How to Write by Gayle Packard

Tue, 30 May 2017 23:01:48 +0000

"Struggling art, the frail green shoot that cracks the sidewalk." As I read that sentence, it resonates deeply. It permits reflection on what it is to be human in the world we live in. In your paintings I see a reflection, critique and juxtaposition of the world and its truths. I Just finished reading an article by Chis Hedges: The Artist as Prophet in Truthdig. He talks about the artist as a truth teller and why they threaten those in power. The phrase, “struggling art” encapsulates our lives today. Thank you for your insightful blogs.

Comment on Podcast # 100: Conversation with Siobhan Roberts by EH

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:14:20 +0000

Good to see your blog still the same, the pictures especially. Conway's surreal numbers didn't come up, which I think is his most interesting idea that I can sort-of understand and which gave new ways of thinking about infinities. You might like to check out the post on my linked blog: "A Curious Way to Represent Numbers: Ternary Factor Tree Representation", which connects to some of your interests. TFTR is a simple, n-dimensional, recursive, entirely multiplicative/exponential representation of real numbers (and others), including exact representation of irrational numbers, which resembles the cellular structure that automata live in and which has some interesting potential applications to infinities. The blog post is not rigorous, has a lot of conjectures, but is easily understandable and has brief, readable working computer code for converting from the representation to rational or floating-point. I think it gives an infinite, totally orderable sequence of countable infinite numbers spaced infinitely far apart, but I'm doubtful about my argument as to why Cantor diagonalization does not apply and whether repeating pseudo-random infinite sequences are orderable. Prof. Ono at Emory drew connections between TFTR and the "theory of valuations, heights, and most prominent in the theory of abeles and ideles." ["ideals", I think] As far as I can tell these are only vaguely similar. I thought about emailing Conway about TFTR since it seems similar in motivation to the surreals, but chickened out. The posts: "Thermodynamics, Information and the Afterlife" and "A First Approximation to Mindspace" are also ones you likely would like.

Comment on East Side of the Sierras. Death Valley. by Simon

Sat, 13 May 2017 19:41:44 +0000

I always enjoy your photos, but for whatever reason these desert pictures are really knocking me out this afternoon (perhaps because of the contrast to the rather gray, cloudy day outside my window as I read this).

Comment on Time Paradoxes. Hollow Earth Sequel. Gibson’s “The Peripheral.” by John

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:59:41 +0000

I'm quite interesting with this sequel. I find the paradox and hollow earth thing unique and very sci-fi for a book but it's very interesting how the story goes. I hope it goes well.

Comment on Time Paradoxes. Hollow Earth Sequel. Gibson’s “The Peripheral.” by Ken Wharton

Thu, 04 May 2017 20:07:02 +0000

Hi Rudy -- it's been awhile! Glad you're pondering deep thoughts about time travel. (Here's a pop-sci talk I sometimes give on the topic; . Your paradox #1 is in what I call a "T1" time travel story (I call your example a 'bootstrap paradox'); the branching options are what I call "T2" stories. In T1 you also get free-will paradoxes, which are also worth thinking about further. (For example, why would your *future* self feel compelled to stay consistent with the timeline, but not your *past* self? Surely they should be on the same footing, as far as what they feel is "free" about their own choices?) I didn't talk much about bootstrap paradoxes in that talk, unfortunately, but I've been thinking about them more lately in the "T1" context -- and free-will-paradoxes as well -- esp. with the movie Arrival fresh on my mind. Some thoughts: 1) I don't think you need hyper dimensional "Great Old One" to keep everything consistent; all you need is a single copy of the universe, and then it's logically *impossible* to have an inconsistency. If something happens, somewhere and somewhen, then it's logically impossible to have something *different* happen at that same place and same time. 2) If there are multiple different consistent universes, some with complex bootstraps (receiving a novel from the future, that you never consciously invent), and others with no-boostraps or simple-bootstraps (you get a single sentence from the future), I would think there would have to be some master probability rule that made the simpler cases much more probable. Say some entropy argument: it's logically possible that a novel will assemble itself out of sand on the beach, but that doesn't make it at all *plausible*. Same thing for time-travel-boostrap-paradoxes. I wouldn't think it would be at all plausible to use one to generate anything particularly complex, like a novel. 3) That leads into free-will paradoxes, which I've been trying to sort out lately. I think my favorite resolution right now is to think of the joint history, made by your future and past selves, as a global collaborative decision, between all of your selves. Just as you don't have complete control over a collaborative decision with someone else, you also don't have complete control over a collaborative decision with your future or past selves. The single-universe *forces* the various time-traveller-selves to agree on *something*, something that they're all at least partially amenable to choosing, but I think both future and past selves would be somewhat constrained by such a global-collaboration; they wouldn't feel totally "free". 4) This gets even trickier when large-scale events are concerned; say, a newspaper from 100 years from now is sent to the past. For something like this, the entire history of the next 100 years is now a global collaborative decision between[...]

Comment on Still Seeking the Gnarl by emilio

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:25:43 +0000

did you look at doing it in javascript?

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by emilio

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:21:41 +0000

Wonderful post. I don't know why I have not visited lately. Wasting too much time on FB I suppose.

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by drew hempel

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:33:07 +0000

Hi Rudy: I reference your mention of Gödel discussing how time-travel is possible since to time travel you can't have any personal desires. This is actually true as I discovered by doing intensive qigong training to finish my master's degree in 2000. Also I discovered that ghosts and spirits are indeed real. Science is starting to confirm these "dimensions" via biophotons and quantum coherence. So when "light is heavy" as relativized mass by "turning the light around" in meditation, then we get quantum relative entropy as the spin angular momentum of light, creating momentum energy - the source of qi or prana enabling precognition, levitation, etc. Also check our Gerard 't Hooft's latest essay notes on how we exist in virtual quantum black holes arising from "timelike moebius strips." This is the "noncommutative phase space" that creates entanglement - as the fifth dimension, as astrophysicist Paul S. Wesson detailed. Wesson said it explains spiritual phenomenon. I have the research details on my blog.

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by Rudy

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:28:54 +0000

Thanks, womans_voice and Eric. Certainly the Eastern philosophies or mind-studies have angles (curves?) that the West neglects. And Eric, I don't think psychedelic phenomenological information is to be entirely neglected. Back in 1970, on the one really serious trip I took, I noticed that I had (unwittingly) "bracketed" my ability to correct for distortion and irregular coloration, and my visual inputs/phenomena were in completely raw form, with wide-angle lens distortion and super-spotty skin. Husserl talks, I think, about peeling off layers of phenomena to get closer and closer to the raw core...though, on the other hand, what's so great about raw? Bracket that Puritan quest, dude, and enjoy the pretty music and the luscious colors and gorgeous shapes.

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by Eric

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:00:06 +0000

I have an intuitive understanding of monads, but an intellectual one, no. Same thing with phenomenology. I did have an experience (chemically assisted) where I was able to see thoughts as bubbles in space, and could see it approaching, then experience the thought, then it vanished. Éirinn go Brách!

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by womans_voice

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:34:47 +0000

"I think for the rest of the week I’ll make a habit, of saying I’m bracketing whatever is going on around me at any given time." When I saw this I had to laugh, given that this week the NCAA Basketball Tournament will be underway in earnest. So this will be Rudy Rucker's "brackets". Also, I noted a tiny typo in your text, calling the moon "smeely" instead of smelly. I like the replacement word better. I hope you keep it. :) All that said, whenever I read the "phenomenology" stuff from Western philosophers, I think of the Vedic scholars, and note that they had this "bracketing" process down pat something like a thousand years ago. It's called practicing Witness Consciousness. Or in modern parlance, Mindfulness. The Vedics say that if you practice it skillfully enough, you really do experience bliss. I am not sure that is the point of modern Western philosophy, but it does seem to be the end result of ancient Eastern meditation practices. Thanks also for your comments about Husserl's wordiness. I used to tell my friends that reading Husserl was a little like smoking a legal intoxicant. Just inhale enough that you feel overwhelmed and confused, then let out a long belly laugh and smile. But he had his good points too. Thanks for describing them here. Best to you this week. :)

Comment on Still Seeking the Gnarl by Tom Fool

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 03:14:18 +0000

Yowza! Always enjoyed playing with CA! Once you have experienced glider guns, there's no going back. So while reading through your latest posting, I'm mindful of some questions. They revolve around aspects of your work: prose, paintings, photos and programming. Damn, they all start with 'p', don't they? Anyway, I use these same tools to approach problems and issues from four different directions and it always helps to give new insight into the situation. I also use simulations but, that doesn't start with a 'p' so who knows? Think about some topic you are faced with solving: a plot for a story, etc. When I get stuck on a problem, I take a walk and if the answer is not forthcoming, I try one of the other methods - simulate the problem, write some code, draw some schematics or flow charts, do something different to take the mind back a step from the swamp or thornbush and see a path around it. "Oh, look! If you step to the side over here, you can see what was holding things up and also see other possible paths forward." Pretty soon, I'm off down the path towards solving the problem and finding out what the next problem is. Your paintings look to me like they possibly help you see your characters and plots in somewhat the same way. Or not. Who knows? Keep on keeping on, Rudy!

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by Rudy

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:35:21 +0000

Thanks for the comments! * Eddie Evers, as you see, I went back and added High Window and Replay. * Barney, I watched "Big Sleep" on VUDU, and enjoyed it, although as a film it feels more confusing than as a novel. Also of course they had to drop and/or blur some things for the censors. Ineresting that Faulkner wrote the screenplay. As a writer, he respected our man Chandler enough to simply collage in great swathes of the book's dialog, which is all to the good. * Gary Singh, I love those Chandler similes too. I recently realized that, when reading a novel on Kindle, I can highlight a passage, choose Highlight on the popup, and then when I'm done, open the Notes (and Highlights) and Export them as an email to the Kindle device owner, that is, me. And then I have a bunch of text that I can paste into something like...a blog post! * womans_voice, I always appreciate your kind and thoughtful remarks..

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by womans_voice

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:04:02 +0000

Haven't been here in awhile, thought I'd take a peek at what you've been up to... Found your essay on the formula fiction writer Raymond Chandler interesting in juxtaposition with your visual work. I am continually impressed with the contrast between the stark maturity of your photos and the vibrant playfulness of your illustrations. Like the two halves of your brain in an endless conversation with each other - each one bringing to consciousness what the other one cannot. It's an interesting pas de deux. In any case, it looks like Mr Chandler provided you with some useful company, and your art made interesting company with him as well. Another ballet of ideas, it seems.

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by Gary Singh

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:35:57 +0000

I have a notebook from a few years ago, when I read a few Chandler books. Some of the lines I wrote down, although I don't recall which books they were from: "I got a hangover like seven Swedes." "The roar of his laughter was like a tractor backfiring." "The elevator had an elderly perfume in it, like three widows drinking tea." "His remarks fell to the ground, eddying like a soiled feather." "The dollar went into his pocket with a sound like caterpillars fighting."

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by Barney

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:08:11 +0000

The screenwriter trying to figure out the convoluted plot of "The Big Sleep" was a fellow named William Faulkner.