Archive of Rudy Rucker’s Podcasts

  • Podcast #102. If Chatbots Talk, Where Will AI Go? 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 ...
  • Podcast #101 “Fat Stream” 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 ...
  • Podcast # 100: Conversation with Siobhan Roberts 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 ...
  • Podcast #99. Writing, Art, Photos, Computation 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.
  • 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 I read an as-yet unpublished story called “Fat Stream,” but I’m ...
  • 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. And, if you like, Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • 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. And, if you like, Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • 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 ...
  • Podcast #94. “The Knobby Giraffe” at SF in SF 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, ...
  • Podcast #93: Junk DNA from TRANSREAL CYBERPUNK January 16, 2016. Rudy Rucker reads the Rucker & Sterling story “Junk DNA.” Funny, scary tale of genetic engineering run wild. Appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction in 2003. Press the arrow below to play “Junk DNA” right now! “Junk DNA” appears in Transreal Cyberpunk, a collection of the nine stories that Rudy & Bruce have ...
  • Podcast #92: Big Jelly from TRANSREAL CYBERPUNK January 16, 2016. Bruce Sterling reads the Rucker & Sterling story “Junk DNA.” Wild, whoop-it-up story where Silicon Valley meets Texas Big Oil. Result? Flying jellyfish. Appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction in 1994 Press the arrow below to play “Big Jelly” right now! “Big Jelly” appears in Transreal Cyberpunk, a collection of the ...
  • Podcast #91. “Storming the Cosmos” from TRANSREAL CYBERPUNK. January 14, 2016. Bruce Sterling reads the Rucker & Sterling story “Storming the Cosmos.” Insanely funny atompunk take on early Soviet space program + Tunguska disaster + psychotomimetic Siberian mushrooms + Soviet beatniks + Laika the space dog. Appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction in 1985. Press the arrow below to play “Storming the Cosmos” ...
  • Podcast #90. “Loco” from TRANSREAL CYBERPUNK December 29, 2015. Bruce Sterling reads our joint story “Loco.” An engaging and florid performance. When the story appeared on Tor.com in 2012, Cory Doctorow termed it “the weirdest fucking thing I’ve ever read that managed to still make sense.” Press the arrow below to play “Loco” right now! “Loco” appears in Transreal Cyberpunk, a collection ...
  • Podcast #89. “Kraken and Sage” A brand new Rucker & Sterling story. For TRANSREAL CYBERPUNK. December 14, 2015. This week I recorded a reading of “Kraken and Sage,” a brand new, never-before-published story by me and Bruce Sterling. The podcast is about forty-five minutes long. It could be our best joint story ever. It’s about … well, it’s about Bruce and me, but it’s also about runaway biotech and ...
  • Podcast #88. “Hormiga Canyon” from TRANSREAL CYBERPUNK December 7, 2015. This week I recorded and produced a reading of “Hormiga Canyon,” a story about giant ants, written by Bruce Sterling and me in 2007. The podcast is about an hour and a half long. It turned out to be quite a bit of work to perform, edit, and produce it—and certainly it ...
  • Podcast #87. Interviewed by Doug Lain August 11, 2015. Interviewed by author Doug Lain for his podcast Zero Squared. We mostly talked about what it’s like to have a career as a writer, with some mentions of my recent Journals 1990-2014. An edited version of the interview appeared as part of an episode on Lain’s podcast Zero Squared, ...
  • Podcast #86. Beat Con in SF with V. Vale. TURING & BURROUGHS. June 28, 2015. At “Beatnik Shindig” event at Fort Mason in SF. I said a few words in praise of V. Vale and Marian Wallace. Then talked on TURING & BURROUGHS, and did Q&A. Sound is pretty good. 20 minutes in all. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #85. Reading from JOURNALS at Borderlands. June 13, 2015. June 13, 2015. At Borderlands Books. I read about six passages from Journals 1990-2014, about 45 minutes, including long Q & A. Some passages read are the same as in Santa Cruz Podcast #84, but most are different. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #84. Reading from JOURNALS, Santa Cruz May 1, 2015. Event in Santa Cruz, sponsored by Scott Clements of LOGOS Books. The tape includes part of an introduction by Scott’s partner Andrew, the organizer of the “Santa Cruz College” lecture series. I read about six passages from my Journals 1990-2014, and then we did Q&A. Good sound quality and a lively, responsive ...
  • Podcast #83. Rudy Rucker discusses THE HOLLOW EARTH March 24, 2015. Interviewed by Robin Ince for a BBC Channel 4 broadcast on the theme of the Hollow Earth. Tape made in my home by Mark Mollineaux. Doesn’t include Robin Ince’s prompts, just my statements about history of the Hollow Earth concept and about my novel The Hollow Earth. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #82. Reading. “The Attack of the Giant Ants” October 18, 2014. Story read by Rucker at the Lit Crawl 2014 event Dark Lords of Cyberpunk. “The Attack of the Giant Ants” was inspired by the classic B movie THEM. Story appeared in the Motherboard webzine Terraform. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #81. Reading. “Laser Shades.” June 11, 2014. Rucker reads his short SF story, “Laser Shades,” written for Robert Shults’s photo book THE SUPERLATIVE LIGHT, which contains photos of the Austin, Texas, Petawatt Laser Lab. Taped in Rucker’s home studio, good sound. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #80. Song: For ALL THE VISIONS. “Rucker Songs” This song is from Roy Whelden’s album LIKE A PASSING RIVER, which was in part inspired by my novel ALL THE VISIONS. “Rucker Songs” is an operatic oratorio featuring the playing of Roy Whelden and the American Baroque quartet, with Karen Clark singing. The words are drawn from intense closing passages of ALL THE VISIONS. ...
  • Podcast #79. Reading. From ALL THE VISIONS. “What’s the point?” Roy Whelden’s album LIKE A PASSING RIVER includes this recording of me reading from the ending of ALL THE VISIONS, wondering what’s the point of life at all. This recording was made early in 2005. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #78. Reading. From ALL THE VISIONS. “I’m going to die.” Roy Whelden’s album LIKE A PASSING RIVER includes this recording of me reading “from the beginning of ALL THE VISIONS, talking about my realization at age 16 that eventually I have to die. This recording was made early in 2005. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #77. Reading. From ALL THE VISIONS April 12, 2014. Reading the climactic rant from my Kerouac scroll novel, ALL THE VISIONS, at the Brainwash laundromat-cafe in the SOMA area of San Francisco for David Gill and his Pravic science-fiction zinesters. Plus a short Q&A on transrealism and the future of SF. About 20 mins long. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #76. Reading: THE BIG AHA with Q&A at Scribd. March 27, 2014. At Scribd in San Francisco. Introductory discussion of how I wrote BIG AHA, short reading from BIG AHA, extensive Q&A discussion. Good, responsive crowd—Scribd employees. About 45 mins. Thanks to Carrie Jones for organizing the event. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #75. Talk. “Cosmic and Robotic Consciousness”. Feb 1, 2014. A talk at the Transhuman Visions conference at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Thirty minutes including the Q&A. Ideas relating to my novel THE BIG AHA. Some good laughs from the crowd. The sound quality is poor, as there was an echo in the hall. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #74. Reading. THE BIG AHA, with Art Show Tour. Jan 17, 2014. Opening party for my BIG AHA Paintings show at Borderlands Books in San Francisco, the show from Jan 17 – March 15, 2014. Tape includes my description of my novel THE BIG AHA, two short readings, some Q&A, and my “tour” of the paintings on the walls. To SEE the paintings while ...
  • Podcast #73. Talk. “Speculations on Future Computations” Nov 14, 2013. Computer Science department Colloquium talk on future forms of computation. Given at San Jose State. The slides are here as a PDF file. Talk is about an hour long, with some Q&A. The first five minutes of my talk are missing from the recording. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #72. Interview: By V. Vale. Aug 29, 2013. Audio of a video filmed for The Counter Culture Hour, public access TV show in San Francisco. Interviewed by V. Vale of RE/Search publications. Lasts a full hour. Rudy’s career and his NESTED SCROLLS memoir, William Burroughs and TURING & BURROUGHS, punk scenes in SF, painting and Peter Bruegel, R’s new novel ...
  • Podcast #71. Interview: By LOCUS Magazine. May 2, 2013. An interview by Liza Groen Trombi taped for Locus magazine on May 2, 2013. An edited transcript appeared in the June, 2013, issue. Topics include my autobio NESTED SCROLLS, my novel TURING & BURROUGHS, and the novel THE BIG AHA. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #70. Talk & Reading. The Fourth Dimension & “Message Found in a Copy of Flatland”. March 19, 2013. Teaching a guest class for mathematician Thomas Banchoff at University of San Francisco, discussing concepts of the fourth dimension of space, Abbott’s FLATLAND, and ideas about portals to parallel worlds. Podcast ends with a reading of the second half of the story, “Message Found In A Copy of Flatland.” Subscribe to Rudy Rucker ...
  • Podcast #69. Talk & Reading. TURING & BURROUGHS. Jan 12, 2013. Talking and reading at Borderlands Books in San Francisco the day of my art show opening there. I discuss my novel “Turing & Burroughs,” and then begin reading a section of it. Due to a technical glitch, the tape cuts off after twenty minutes. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #68. Talk. “Haunted by Phil Dick,” at SFSU. Sept 22, 2012. A mashup of my essay “Haunted by Phil Dick” and the afterword of my WARES TETRALOGY—discussing my imaginings of PKD and my Dick Award events. Delivered to lively audience at the Philip K. Dick Festival at San Francisco State University, organized by David Gill. In Q&A I I talk about my new ...
  • Podcast #67. Transrealism, Beatnik SF, and TURING & BURROUGHS. Gloucester, Mass. Aug 29, 2012. Rucker’s talk at the Gloucester Writers Center in Gloucester, Mass. With an introduction by Gregory Gibson. Topics are transreal SF and beatnik writing, particularly that of William Burroughs. A reading from TURING & BURROUGHS, followed by Q&A touching on Burroughs’s cut-up technique and on contrasts between fantasy vs. SF. Subscribe to Rudy ...
  • Podcast #66. Interview: Transrealism and TURING & BURROUGHS with Leon Marvell. July 27, 2012. In conversation with Australian scholar Leon Marvell in my back yard. Topics: TURING & BURROUGHS, Beat literature, self-publishing, transrealism. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #65. Anarchism and SF Panel, with Shirley and Bisson. March 31, 2012. With Terry Bisson and John Shirley at the Anarchist Book Fair, San Francisco. Talking about anarchy in science fiction and in reality and whether SFictional events can free the world. Some Q&A. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #64. Interviewed by Jim Freund in NYC. March 13, 2012. Interviewed in New York by Jim Freund for his radio show, “Hour of the Wolf.” This interview aired on WBAI on March 21, 2012. About half an hour. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #63. THE BIG AHA. Dorkbot, SF. Feb 29, 2012. Reading at the San Francisco Dorkbot gathering, motto: “People doing strange things with electricity.” Reading is “Jane and Me” from the early chapters of a novel in progress with the working title, THE BIG AHA. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #62. “Surfing the Gnarl” & NESTED SCROLLS. Feb 7, 2012. Reading from “Surfing the Gnarl” essay/book and NESTED SCROLLS at Green Arcade books in San Francisco. Some Q&A as well. Introduced by Terry Bisson. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #61. NESTED SCROLLS at Borderlands. Jan 14, 2012. Reading from NESTED SCROLLS at Borderlands Books in San Francisco, with Q&A. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #60. JIM AND THE FLIMS and Writing. Borderlands. July 10, 2011. Reading the first chapter of JIM AND THE FLIMS at Borderlands Books in San Francisco, with Q&A on writing. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #59. Interview: In Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson, Capitola. June 4, 2011. Rick Kleffel leads Rudy and Kim Stanley Robinson in conversation at the Capitola Book Cafe. Rudy is mainly discussing his novel JIM AND THE FLIMS, and Stan is talking about his fantasy-historical novel GALILEO’S DREAM. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #58. NESTED SCROLLS, “The Birth of Transrealism.” SF in SF. Jan 15, 2011.Reading the “Birth of Transrealism” chapter from my memoir, NESTED SCROLLS, at the regular SF in SF gathering in San Francisco. Taped and posted by Rick Kleffel, for his “Agony Column” blog. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #57. (#56 is Gone). Interviewed On Projects, by Rick Kleffel. The audio for Pocdast #56 is lost, so onward to #57! Jan 15, 2011. Rick Kleffel interview Rudy about THE WARE TETRALOGY, his webzine FLURB, his 2011 memoir NESTED SCROLLS, and his 2011 novel JIM AND THE FLIMS. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #55. Interview: By Thomas Gideon, On POSTSINGULAR, HYLOZOIC and the WARES. October 22, 2010. Interview with Thomas Gideon for his “Command Line” podcast site at thecommandline.net, on POSTSINGULAR, HYLOZOIC and the WARE TETRALOGY. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #54. “Good Night, Moon”. Written with Bruce Sterling. October 14, 2010. My reading of a story written with Bruce Sterling and published on Tor.com. Transreally speaking, it’s a story about two aging science-fiction writers. I.e., it’s about Bruce and me. This is one of the stories that appears in our 2016 anthology, Rucker + Sterling, Transreal Cyberpunk, funded during December, 2015 on ...
  • Podcast #53. Talk on THE WARE TETRALOGY, Borderlands Books. August 14, 2010. I talked a bit about the origins of the “Ware Tetralogy,” read the brain-eating scene from “Software,” a cheeseball vs. moldie scene from “Freeware,” and a juggling moldies scene from “Realware.” And then we had some Q&A. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #52. “New SF Futures.” Westercon. July 4, 2010. A talk about new ideas for SF. Role of idea in a book or story. A list of some topics that seem interesting to me. Larry Niven was there, but he fell asleep. That’s okay. Q&A. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #51. “Transreal SF Writing.” Westercon. July 3, 2010. A 45 minute talk on the theory and practice of Transreal SF writing in my novels. Starts with a reading of my 1983 “A Transrealist Manifesto” essay. Q&A at the end. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #50. THE WARE TETRALOGY. At SF in SF. May 22, 2010. Rudy reads from his four-novel cyberpunk omnibus, THE WARE TETRALOGY at the SF in SF gathering in San Francisco. This clip includes the classic “monkey brain feast” scene from SOFTWARE, and Sta-Hi Mooney’s introduction to the drug “merge” in WETWARE. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #49. Talk. “My Life as a Writer.” Melbourne. Nov 24, 2009. Forty minute talk on my life as a writer, followed by ten minutes of Q&A (the actual questions are hard to hear). Taped by my friend Leon Marvell at Deakin College of the University of Melbourne. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #48. HYLOZOIC, Chap 6, with Q&A, Dark Carnival Books. July 12, 2009. A short reading from HYLOZOIC, “Chapter 6: The Peng,” with a lengthy Q&A session about the Singularity and the possibility of human immortality. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #47. HYLOZOIC Chap 9 at Writers With Drinks, SF. July 11, 2009. Charlie Jane Anders introduces Rudy on her live show, Writers With Drinks, at the Make-Out Room bar in San Francisco. Rudy reads from Chapter 9: Live Sex, of HYLOZOIC. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #46. HYLOZOIC, Reading with Q&A. Books Inc. June 10, 2009. A half-hour reading with a half-hour of questions and answers. Reading from Chapter Two of HYLOZOIC at Books Inc. in Mountain View, CA. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #45. JIM AND THE FLIMS, San Francisco. EFF at 111 Minna. March 23, 2009. Rudy reads the first chapter of his novel in progress at an Electronic Freedom Foundation benefit at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #44. Eddie Poe in THE HOLLOW EARTH. Litquake Steampunk. October 24, 2008, Rudy reads from his novel at an evening of steampunk readings hosted by SF in SF as part of LitQuake. Taped and posted by Rick Kleffel of Trashotron. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #43. “Jack and the Actuals,” for Tor.com October 10, 2008. My story about levels of infinity beyond alef-one. Appeared online in the webzine www.Tor.com, and in my COMPLETE STORIES. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #42. Talk. “Sex and Science Fiction” at Arse Elektronika. September 27, 2008. San Francisco. Rudy talks for about half an hour about aspects of sex in science fiction, then answers questions for another half hour. This event was at a conference organized by monochrom. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #41. POSTSINGULAR, Chap 3, Booksmith. November 13, 2007. Thirty-five minute reading from Chapter Three of POSTSINGULAR, followed by twenty minute Q&A at the Booksmith in San Francisco. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #40 “The Imitation Game”, SF. May 16, 2007. A reading of my story “The Imitation Game,” about the last days of computer pioneer Alan Turing and his persecution by the British secret service. This time, Turing wins… The story appeared in INTERZONE magazine, and as Chapter One of my 2012 novel, TURING & BURROUGHS. Reading at monthly “SF in SF” ...
  • Podcast #39. “Panpsychism Proved” with Q&A. March 7, 2007. Follow up to my Sunnyvale Library talk about writing. I introduce and read the short-short story “Panpsychism Proved” from my MAD PROFESSOR anthology. And then we have Q&A. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #38. Talk. “My Life as a Writer”, Sunnyvale. March 7, 2007. A talk at the Sunnyvale Library about my life as a writer. Discussion of how I became a writer, my career, how I work, and some of my techniques. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #37. MATHEMATICIANS IN LOVE with Q&A, City Lights, SF. Jan 30, 2007. Reading from “Mathematicians in Love” at City Lights Books in San Francisco. Good sound quality. Reading from the “Hundred Percent” concert scene plus Q&A. A big thrill for me to read at City Lights, the veritable Vatican of Beat. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #36. Q&A on writing, Berkeley, Black Oak Books. January 18, 2007. The question and answer segment of my MATHEMATICIANS IN LOVE reading at Black Oak Books on Shattuck St., in Berkeley, CA, January 18, 2007. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #35. Q&A on writing, San Francisco, Booksmith. January 16, 2007. The question and answer segment of my MATHEMATICIANS IN LOVE reading at Booksmith on Haight St., SF, CA. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #34. KUSP Interview: Rick Kleffel with Rudy in Santa Cruz Jan 11, 2007. Rick Kleffel interviews Rudy for his “Agony Column” webzine/podcast. Interview was done in the KUSP studios near the beach in Santa Cruz, January 11, 2007. We talked about cyberpunk, transrealism, Mathematicians in Love, and Mad Professor. See http://www.trashotron.com/agony/news/2007/01-15-07.htm#11507 Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #33. Interview by Boing Boing on MATHEMATICIANS IN LOVE Oct 23, 2006. “Boing Boing” editors Mark Frauenfelder and David Pescovitz interview author and mathematician Rudy Rucker about his two upcoming books:” Mad Professor” and “Mathematicians in Love.” Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #32. “Gnarly Computation,” At LucasFilm, SF. May 18, 2006. Talk on “The Lifebox, the Seashell and the Soul” at LucasFilm in the Presidio in San Francisco. See slides . See photos on the May 19, 2006 entry of Rudy’s Blog. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #31. “Gnarly Computation,” Fresno State U. April 20, 2006. Talk on “The Lifebox, the Seashell and the Soul” at Fresno State. See slides . Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #30. (#17 – #29 are Gone.) “Chu and the Nants”. New College, in SF. Audio files for podcasts #17-#29 are gone, due to bit rot and unreliable hosts… Onward! April 18, 2006. Reading “Chu and the Nants.” This story is in the June, 2006, edition of ISAAC ASIMOV’S SF magazine. It also serves as part of the first chapter of POSTSINGULAR. The reading was at The New College on ...
  • Podcast #16. Philosophy & Computers 9: Panpsychism, Undecidability, & How to be Happy Dec 9, 2005. My final lecture in my Philosophy and Computers class at SJSU in Fall, 2005. Based on Chapter 6 of my tome, “The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul.” Includes discussion of my ambivalence about how to end the book, panpsychism, ontologies, unsolvability, computational equivalence, unpredictability, undecidability, and my six principles ...
  • Podcast #15. Philosophy & Computers 8: Hive Minds & Society. Dec 2, 2005. Lecture on Chapter 5 of “The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul”. Flocking behaviors, how conversations can exemplify different computation classes, the hive mind of society, the nature of language, the ubiquity of social power laws. (If you want to follow the computer demos, download the “Boppers” and “CAPOW” programs from the ...
  • Podcast #14. Philosophy and Computers 7: Consciousness. Nov 17, 2005. Lecture on the second half of Chapter Four of “The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul.” Arguing that a computer program can be conscious, and that this will happen within a hundred years. (48.27MB. min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #13. “Hello Infinity.” KFJC 6. Nov 15, 2005. Final reading at KFJC. This short-short science fiction story, from my nonfiction book, “The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul,” illustrates some questions about whether every thinkable process is physically realizable, and whether every computation is thinkable. (7.85MB. min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #12. “The Kind Rain.” KFJC 5. Nov 8, 2005. At radio KFJC with Ann Arbor, reading the fifth thought experiment story from my nonfiction Lifebox book. Can a rainstorm be conscious? (6.61MB. 7 min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #11. Philosophy and Computers 6: Neural Nets and the Phenomenology of Mind. Nov 4, 2005. The 6th lecture in my SJSU philosophy course. Covers sections 4.1 to 4.3 of “The Lifebox, the Seashell and the Soul.” (60.96MB. min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #10. “Terry’s Talker.” KFJC 4. Oct 25, 2005. At radio KFJC, www.kfjc.org or 89.7 FM, with Ann Arbor, 7:20 AM, Tuesday, reading the fourth thought experiment story from my nonfiction Lifebox book. Intro included. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #9. Interview: Rucker’s Early Life. At KFJC October 20, 2005. Rudy interviewed at KFJC while reading stories from The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul. The question here is “Tell us about your early influences.” (6.28MB. min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #8. Reading.”Aint Paint.” KFJC 3. Oct 18, 2005. At radio KFJC with Ann Arbor, reading the third “thought experiment” short-short SF story included in The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul, see http://www.rudyrucker.com/lifebox. Introduction is included.(1.12MB. min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #7. Philosophy and Computers 5: Review Chaps 1-3. Oct 13, 2005. Review session summarizing Chapters 1 – 3 of The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul. A good introduction to the material. Visuals of the questions I wrote on the blackboards are online. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #6. “The Million Mandalas.” KFJC 2. Oct 11, 2005. Rudy reads at radio KFJC. A story on multiple universes, introducing Chapter Two of Rudy Rucker, The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul, see www.rudyrucker.com/lifebox. Intro included. (1.17MB. min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #5. Reading.”Lucky Number,” KFJC 1. October 4, 2005. Rudy at radio KFJC, reading the story “Lucky Number” which introduces chapter one in his nonfiction book The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul. Intro included. (1.96MB. min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.
  • Podcast #4. Philosophy & Computers 4: Evolution & Artificial Life. October 4, 2005. The 4th lecture in my Philosophy and Computers course, covering the second half of Chapter 3 of The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul. Topics: homeostasis, evolution, artificial life, robotics. I recorded this in stereo and equalized the sound with the Audacity program, and I think this one sounds better than ...
  • Podcast #3. Philosophy and Computers 3: Morphogenesis. Sept 29, 2005. The 3rd recorded lecture in my Philosophy and Computers course, covering the first half of Chapter 3 of The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul, see www.rudyrucker.com/lifebox. I talk about self-reproduction, intelligent design, morphogenesis, and ecology in terms of computations. By the way, my Philosophy class lectures ...
  • Podcast #2. Philosophy & Computers 2: Quantum Mechanics. Sept 22, 2005. The 2nd lecture from my Philosophy 115 class at SJSU. The lectures are based on my book The Lifebox, the Seashell and the Soul On the book’s page you can download the Cellab and CAPOW software used in the demos being discussed. I didn’t manage to record the three classroom ...
  • Podcast #1. Talk at IFTF. Philosophy and Computers 1: Gnarly Computation. Sept 26, 2005. Rudy’s talk on “Gnarly Computation” at the Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, September 26, 2005. The slides for this talk are online. And there’s a blog post on the talk. This talk serves as lecture #1 for my online Philosophy and Computers course. (46.93MB. min.) Subscribe to Rudy Rucker ...
  • Podcast #0. Interview. The First Shall Be Last. R. U. Sirius. July 17, 2005.Mondo 2000 editor R. U. Sirius interviews Rudy Rucker for his online MondoGlobo Neofiles show. Much of the discussion concerns “Frek and the Elixir.” The sound quality isn’t great. Subscribe to Rudy Rucker Podcasts.

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