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PW Reviews The Ware Tetralogy

Publishers Weekly came out with a great review of The Ware Tetralogy today.

Rudy Rucker, The Ware Tetralogy. Prime Books, $24.95 (752p).
Rucker’s four Ware novels—Software (1982), Wetware (1988), Freeware (1997), and Realware (2000)—form an extraordinary cyberweird future history with the heft of an epic fantasy novel and the speed of a quantum processor. Still exuberantly fresh despite their age, they primarily follow two characters (and their descendants): Cobb Anderson, who instigated the first robot revolution and is offered immortality by his grateful “children,” and stoner Sta-Hi Mooney, who (against his impaired better judgment) becomes an important figure in robot-human relations. Over several generations, humans, robots, drugs, and society evolve, but even weird drugs and the wisdom gathered from interstellar signals won’t stop them from making the same old mistakes in new ways. Rucker is both witty and serious as he combines hard science and sociology with unrelentingly sharp observations of all self-replicating beings. This classic series well deserves its omnibus repackaging, particularly suitable for libraries.

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2 Responses to “PW Reviews The Ware Tetralogy”

  1. Bill Says:

    I was trying to find hardcover 1st editions of these 4 novels, but discovered this omnibus edition and decided on it. I recently finished the Ware Trilogy. These are thoroughly enjoyable cyberfi novels: clever, new, funny with great characters and interesting stories. I recommend this omnibus to anyone interested in speculative from a master of the genre.

  2. Alex Says:

    Bill, I pretty sure these *ware books were never in hardback, except for a previous compilation called ‘Moldies & meatbops’ it had the first three *ware novels : Software ; Wetware ; Freeware.

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