Archive for the ‘Rudy Rucker Podcasts’ Category


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

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 I read an as-yet unpublished story called “Fat Stream,” but I’m not including that in this tape. But my recent podcast #97 has me reading my story “Like a Sea Cucumber,” which illustrates the lifebox idea quite well. Press the arrow below to hear the tape of “Lifebox Immortality Talk with Q&A.”

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

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.

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

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

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

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 increasingly agitated discussion of Thoreau’s eventual death by tuberculosis—and Thoreau’s relative silence on this topic. And then all at once Blumlein switches to a harrowing personal account. He tells about learning that he himself has lung cancer, about having large sections of his lungs removed, and about learning that the treatments have failed and that he’s approaching death. Blumlein is a doctor as well as as science-fiction author, and he ends with a profound meditation on the process and experience of death. Press the arrow below to play Michael Blumlein’s reading. This talk is like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

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