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Winter, with Hot Rods

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:37:31 +0000

I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve been pouring most of my energy into my novel Return to the Hollow Earth, which is a sequel to my 1990 The Hollow Earth. Really rockin’ on the book these days, and I think I see the ending now. Might finish this summer. At that time I might […]

Rudy & Paul Di Filippo in Lovecraft’s “Lost City of Leng”

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 01:21:47 +0000

Early in 2017, I was starting work on my next novel, Return to the Hollow Earth, intended as a sequel to my 1992 novel, The Hollow Earth. Unsure where to take my story, I considered introducing a Cthulhu mythos theme. But then I decided to fission off the Lovecraft element into a separate story. And […]


Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:17:47 +0000

After Madison, Sylvia and I spent a couple of days in Chicago, which is not a town I know well. Hadn’t been there for years. We stayed a hotel near the Millennium Park. Some nice stuff there, like a pair of large cell-phone-like sculptures showing short video/portraits of Chicagoans. Damp night, reflections on the pavement. […]

An SF Con and a Visit to Madison

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:26:27 +0000

Today’s topics are a trip to an SF con near Chicago, and a visit to Madison, Wisconsin. Flying over the Rockies to Chicago, looking down at a little town by the edge of the mountains. So archetypal, somehow. I can never believe that some people want to close the plastic shutters on their seat windows […]

Podcast #103. Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:15:16 +0000

November 10, 2017. Audio of my talk “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future,” at Windycon in Lombard, Ill. The slides are online here. I first gave this talk in Louisville, in September 27, 2017, and posted about it then. Press the arrow below to play “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future.” And, if you like, Subscribe to […]

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About Writing, with Pixel-2 Photos & More.

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:13:32 +0000

Upcoming events: My 2011 painting “A Skugger’s Point of View” will be part of the group show ILLEGAL, curated by Kal Spelletich at the Luggage Store gallery on Market St. in SF. (“P. S. We don’t sell luggage.”) ===Poster for the “Illegal” show in SF. Opening party Friday, Nov 10, 6-9. And I’ll be at […]

Ballula, Mt. Um, Louisville, Mammoth Cave

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:04:09 +0000

“Riding a Ballula” oil on canvas, October, 2017, 24” x 20”. Click for a larger version of the painting. I’ve been working on my next novel, Return to the Hollow Earth. I have these giant flying nautilus creatures in the book—they were also in my prequel The Hollow Earth. Their shells are filled with hydrogen, […]

“Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future”

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:15:49 +0000

I’m in my home town Louisville, Kentucky, to give a talk at the IdeaFestival 2017. I spoke on the morning of Wednesday, Sept 27, a good crowd, maybe 500 people, the tickets to the event sold out. Here’s a panorama of the audience, shot hastily by me from the stage. Click for hi-res (but slightly […]

Boppin’ Down Karman Vortex Street

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:39:15 +0000

My latest painting is a copy. “Matisse Nude” oil on canvas, September, 2017, 40” x 30”. Click for a larger version of the painting. I’ve always loved Matisse’s painting, Large Reclining Nude of 1935. That rectangular blue patch between her body and the arm along the right side. And the joyful curve of her bottom. […]

Road Trip to Wyoming

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:21:43 +0000

Three quick plugs. (1) My new, never-before-published augmented hipster reality story “Fat Stream” came out in the reborn Mondo 2000 online. I wrote it in December of 2016, and five of my usual SF magazine outlets turned it down. Too cool for the room? Or drooling senility? You decide. Read it online. Or listen to […]

Podcast #102. If Chatbots Talk, Where Will AI Go?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:35:47 +0000

August 22, 2017. Audio from interview with Wilson Walker for KPIX evening news, taped August 1, 2017. Topic: If Facebook has chatbots that have developed their own language, what does this mean for AI? Should we be scared or hopeful? Press the arrow below to play “If Chatbots Talk, Where Will AI Go?” And, if […]

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Podcast #101 “Fat Stream”

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:56:56 +0000

August 21, 2017. Cyberpunk SF story, a draft as read at UC Santa Cruz on February 13, 2017. In this tale, an intense VR streaming show in San Francisco leads to something more. The final revised version was published today on the Mondo 2000 ezine. Press the arrow below to play “Fat Stream.” And, if […]

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Christopher Brown THE TROPIC OF KANSAS. Radical SF.

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 02:06:58 +0000

I’ll start with my latest painting, “Bugs and Stars.” “Bugs and Stars” acrylic, July, 2017, 24” x 18”. Click for a larger version of the painting. I did this one pretty quickly. I used the background color from my recent “Monkeybrains ISP,” wrapping the pale blue-green around some purplish blobs. I added some strands of […]

Cory Doctorow’s WALKAWAY

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:19:07 +0000

I really enjoyed Cory Doctorow’s new Walkaway. I think it goes a step beyond any of his previous books. It’s up there with, say, Stross’s Accelerando, Sterling’s Holy Fire, Gibson’s Neuromancer, and my Software. In the cyberpunk pantheon. I read Walkaway on my Kindle, and I happened to highlight passages that struck me as memorable, […]

Exploding Head

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:39:20 +0000

I’ve been in high gear this month. Here’s a picture of me with my head exploding. Or the man standing next to me, as in Dylan’s “Day of the Locusts.” Or something. More details toward the end of this post. Let’s start with my latest painting. “MonkeyBrains ISP” acrylic, July, 2017, 40” x 30”. Click […]


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:31:50 +0000

Today I signed a contract selling the print rights for ten of my novels to Skyhorse Publishing, the books to appear under the Night Shade Books imprint, edited by Jeremy Lassen, with the deal negotiated by my agent John Silbersack. I have some other things to be glad about this week, and I just finished […]

Waiting for my Contract

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:53:27 +0000

Nothing much going on. I’m still waiting for the final contract for that ten-book deal I was talking about, that is, for nine of my back-list books plus my new novel Million Mile Road Trip. Meanwhile I’m revising Million Mile Road Trip to the tune of maybe five thousand corrections…that is nearly twenty per page […]

Last Chance for Nine of Rudy’s Transreal Books

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:30:26 +0000

[Updated June 25, 2017: The new publisher for the nine backlist novels mentioned in this post will be the Night Shade imprint of Skyhorse Books. Starting this week, print copies of these titles will no longer be produced or sold by Transreal Books. Transreal Books will continue to sell the ebook editions. The new Night […]

Swarthmore 50th Reunion. Louisville Icons.

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:29:25 +0000

Sylvia and I just went back east for a week, first hitting my Swarthmore College class of 1967 reunion, then visiting my brother in Louisville. On the way to Swarthmore, we spent a couple of nights in Philadelphia. Rainy day at the Philadelphia Art Museum. One of the big four or five museums in US, […]

Musing Attractors or How to Write

Sat, 20 May 2017 19:24:21 +0000

For my latest painting, I was inspired by piñatas I saw in the Mission district of San Francisco. I had two smallish canvases, and I decided it would nice to make a diptych. I saturated the backgrounds with two shades you might see on walls in Mexico. You can probably guess who the mean guy […]

Podcast # 100: Conversation with Siobhan Roberts

Fri, 12 May 2017 21:08:37 +0000

May 12, 2017. In conversation with journalist Siobhan Roberts, discussing math, logic, writing, and publishing. Roberts is the author of a great book on the mathematician and cellular-automatist John Horton Conway, Genius at Play. She was out in the Bay Area researching for upcoming projects and came by for a casual chat. Press the arrow […]

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Time Paradoxes. Hollow Earth Sequel. Gibson’s “The Peripheral.”

Wed, 03 May 2017 17:52:29 +0000

These days I’m starting—or thinking of starting—a sequel to my 1990 novel, The Hollow Earth. The sequel might be called, in classic style, Return to the Hollow Earth. For convenience, in my writing notes I refer to the volumes as HE1 and HE2. The set-up for HE1 was that I found the 1850 manuscript of […]

East Side of the Sierras. Death Valley.

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:02:20 +0000

Last week Sylvia and I went on a road trip, across the Sierras at Carson Pass, and then down along the east side of the Sierras through Lone Pine to Death Valley. It was alternately raining and snowing around Carson Pass. We stayed in a familiar place there called Sorensen’s. I had a great Zen […]

At the Boardwalk. Paintings Sale!

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:06:40 +0000

My son and his family came down for a day at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk a couple of weeks ago. The kids frolicking by the water like live Flatland beings, like gothic shadows, so iconic. I really ate a lot. Like the rat at the county fair in Charlotte’s Web. I got kind of hypnotized […]

CAs, Gibson’s Time Travel, Lovecraft, Gleick’s Chaos

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:23:29 +0000

I’ve been busy with various projects this month. As I mentioned before, I put a version of the code for my continuous-valued cellular automata (CA) program Capow on the ultrageek GitHub site. Here’s a really nice image I made with a CA based on a so-called “activator-inhibitor rule with saturation.” You can see the detailed […]

Podcast #99. Writing, Art, Photos, Computation

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:27:41 +0000

Feb 28, 2017. Interviewed by Christopher Nichols for his podcast, CG Garage. At Los Gatos Coffee Roasting cafe. Relaxed, hour-long discussion about writing, computers, and art. Press the arrow below to play “Podcast #99. Writing, Art, Photos, Computation.” And, if you like, Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.

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“Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:00:05 +0000

I recently read an advance copy of a great book by my friend Richard Tieszen. It’s called Simply Gödel. It’ll go on sale in mid-April, but you can pre-order now if you like. The book is a remarkable achievement—a handy guide with the impact of a philosophical tome. It’s all here: elegantly lucid discussions of […]

Still Seeking the Gnarl

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:47:30 +0000

I finished a new painting, “In the Lost City of Leng.” It goes with a novella of the same title that I’m working with my writer friend Paul di Filippo. It’s kind of a sequel to H. P. Lovecraft’s greatest tale, “At the Mountains of Madness.” “In the Lost City of Leng” acrylic on canvas, […]

Podcast #98. Lifebox Immortality Talk with Q&A at UC Santa Cruz

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:51:40 +0000

February 13, 2017. A talk on digital immortality, my novel Software, and the concept of a “lifebox.” Presented at Tim Fitzmaurice’s Core class at Crown College at UC Santa Cruz. Includes wide-ranging Q&A with the students also some remarks and quesitons by Tim. I read an as-yet unpublished story called “Fat Stream,” but I’m not […]

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Podcast #97. “Like a Sea Cucumber” at St. Luke’s

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:38:45 +0000

November 9, 2016. A reading of my story “Like a Sea Cumber,” as part of a literary evening at St. Luke’s church in Los Gatos. The story appeared on the Terraform website. Press the arrow below to play the reading. And, if you like, Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.

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Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:34:41 +0000

I wrote this post on Feb 7, 2017, and then I rewrote it, making it about twice as long, on Feb 11, 2017. It got longer because I learned more about Raymond Chandler. I’ve been reading a lot of Raymond Chandler over the last few weeks. He wrote seven novels: (1) The Big Sleep, (2) […]

Rain. Art. Life After the Inauguration.

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:50:30 +0000

As I’ve been doing in posts of late, I’ll work my way backwards through some recent photos. Sylvia and I went to the Women’s March in San Francisco the day after the Inauguration. A rainy day with a big crowd. It had some of that old Vietnam war protest march vibe. Reassuring to see so […]

Bottom of the Year

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:37:36 +0000

Here I am on January 1, 2017. Such a futuristic 21st Century date. I’m glad I’ve made it this far. 70 years old now. Insane. The future isn’t exactly what I expected. I’m glad there’s still no flying cars. Can you imagine the noise, with those suckers flying over your house? And I’m still stunned […]

My Top 15 Pages

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:51:26 +0000

Recently I started using some tools to see which pages on my site are most popular “landing pages,” that is, the pages that the most people visit first. So today, for lack of a better topic to blog about, I thought I’d list my top fifteen landing pages and, as usual, stick in some photos—some […]

Infinity & 4D & Gnarl Books. @lantis. T-giving.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:30:44 +0000

Onward into the future. Focusing on my family, my writing, and my art these days. “Welcome to Infinity” pen and colored pencil on paper, 1972, 9” x 11”. Click for a larger version of the drawing. I made a big push and put some more of my books online. Three of my big science books […]

Trumpic. Supermoon. Repub LIFEBOX.

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:32:41 +0000

Like a lot of us, I’ve been in shock since the election. Feeling drifty and at loose ends. Waiting for the hammer to drop. In a cell on death row. How to deal? “I Like Purple” acrylic on canvas September, 2016, 40” x 30”. I made this painting on comission for our friends Susie & […]

Gloucester & NYC

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:14:12 +0000

So Sylvia and I went back East to attend the wedding of Celia, the daughter of my old pal an comrade in arms Gregory Gibson. Before the wedding we looked around the port a little. A seagull the size of a chicken. Gotta have a lobster-related photo, right? I like his rope antennae. And, as […]

Hot New Editions of 5 of my Novels

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:00:52 +0000

I republished five of my older titles this week, polishing them up and adding new author notes—see the five covers below. Priced to sell: $2 ebooks and $12 paperbacks! Just scroll down this page and click on one of the covers to buy a Kindle or a paperback from Amazon. Once again, that’s $2 ebooks […]

Budapest / Vienna #3

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:28:03 +0000

So now I’m getting back to our trip to Budapest and Vienna. This is the Vienna part. The cathedral is all bumpy like drip castle at the beach. The story is that Sylvia’s great-grandfather designed the stripes in the tiling of the cathedral roof. Vienna’s really deluxe and classic in most of the downtown. Imposing […]

Budapest / Vienna #2

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:42:22 +0000

There’s a big island called Margaret Island, or Margitsziget, in the Danube at the northern side of Budapest. Once of its features is an amazing fountain, which is accompanied by recorded music several times an hour. Hungarians are very clever people, and the fountain design is fairly awesome. I thought of 3-D mathematical Lissajous curves. […]

Budapest / Vienna #1

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:47:57 +0000

Sylvia and I took a trip to Budapest to visit our daughter Georgia, who’s living there for two years with her husband Courtney and their two kids. Courtney is teaching English there, and Georgia’s still running her graphic design biz from afar. Sylvia’s family comes from Hungary, and I’ve been there two or three times […]

Kauai. Finished 2nd Draft of MILLION MILE ROAD TRIP.

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:33:39 +0000

So yesterday I finished the second draft of Million Mile Road Trip, an SF novel I’ve been working on since April, 2014. Nearly two and a half years. It’s been a long haul. And this year was hard one for me in other ways. I finished the first draft in June, and at that time […]

Podcast #96. “Totem Poles” by Rucker & Sterling

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:30:32 +0000

Aug 10, 2016. Rudy Rucker reads “Totem Poles,” a wild tale co-written with Bruce Sterling. Appears online on today. Press the arrow below to play Rudy reading the story. And, if you like, Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.

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Make Ebook for Amazon with Good ToC

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 01:00:36 +0000

My old friend and surfpunk-SF-tale collaborator Marc Laidlaw is putting all of his old novels up on Amazon as Kindle ebooks these days. My wife Sylvia and I recently visited Haena on the north shore of Kauai, and we saw a lot of Marc and his wife Geraldine. And I have a lot of good […]

Making a Lifebox

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:00:19 +0000

(Post updated on June 29, 2016, from a December, 2010 post.) This updated post relates to my Search Rudy’s Lifebox page, which I also updated today. A lifebox is meant to be interactive software that allows a user to feel like they’re having a conversation with the person whom the lifebox supposedly emulates. I have […]

SF in SF, Blumlein, End Draft MILLION MILE ROAD TRIP, Gunnar, John Shirley

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:34:50 +0000

I did a reading event with Michael Blumlein  for an SF in SF event in San Francisco on June 12, 2016.  I read my story “Knobby Giraffe,” about a woman rescuing her girlfriend from the dead, and Michael read an essay/memoir called “Unrestrained and Indiscreet,” which turned out to be about the fact that Michael […]

Podcast #95: Michael Blumlein Reads “Unrestrained and Indiscreet”

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:43:34 +0000

June 12, 2016. Michael Blumlein read this essay/memoir called “Unrestrained and Indiscreet” at the SF in SF series in San Francisco, during an event I shared with him. Blumlein’s deep and courageous piece begins with a light-hearted account of naming a minor Sierra peak after the author Henry David Thoreau. The talk progresses to an […]

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Podcast #94. “The Knobby Giraffe” at SF in SF

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 21:35:21 +0000

June 12, 2016. I read my story “The Knobby Giraffe” at the SF in SF series in San Francisco, an event I shared with with Michael Blumlein, whose piece appears in a separate podcast. “The Knobby Giraffe” appeared in print online in April, 2016, in Lightspeed magazine, and is also available as a Lightspeed podcast, […]

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Buttload of Photos. Rudy and Nick.

Wed, 25 May 2016 19:37:17 +0000

Another buttload of photos today, listed more or less in reverse chronological order. The one above is a panorama of a hill near where I live in Los Gatos. I think it’s great that I can find fairly wild-looking natural spots close to my house. I feed on nature. I shot these first three photos […]

SFMoma, SRL show, Cyclecide, Bagpipe and Flat Cow

Sat, 07 May 2016 18:06:21 +0000

Time for another blog post. I have a lot of photos that have piled up. Today I want to make it easy on myself, so I’ll just post the photos, recent ones first, older ones last, with some comments. Today’s theme? ART! Sylvia and I got into the newly renovated SF MOMA yesterday. They got […]