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Free Books by Rudy Rucker

I’ve made a number of my books available as free CC (Creative-Commons-licensed) ebooks. Others are browsable as free web pages. Why do I post free versions of my books? Mainly because I want people to read them! If you’d like to buy one of my titles, see the individual book-page links at Rudy Rucker Books.


Novels as free CC ebooks.

The Big Aha
Postsingular
The Ware Tetralogy Software, Wetware, Freeware & Realware


Books as free webpages.

Pop science:

Infinity and the Mind
The Fourth Dimension
The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul What is gnarly computation?

Novels & Stories:

Jim and the Flims
Transreal Trilogy Secret of Life, White Light & Saucer Wisdom
Turing & Burroughs
All the Visions Beat novel
Complete Stories Updated 2016
The Hollow Earth

Nonfiction:

Nested Scrolls Rudy’s autobiography
Journals 1990-2014
Collected Essays
Better Worlds Rudy’s paintings
Software Engineering and Computer Games Textbook


8 Responses to “Free Books by Rudy Rucker”

  1. Dave Gauer Says:

    I’m a huge fan of your writing and your ideas, Mr. Rucker. This is an extremely generous thing to do and I hope you will be rewarded many times over for it!

  2. Starn Mooney Says:

    gimme gimme more in my Brain hole..leznerizr till I Stay Hi..luv it till I die and then some…too good to be tru! free me, slackme, rude me, crack me,,,Stay Hi fer ever……feed me head til I DEAD!!

  3. Greg Says:

    I’m wondering about the fourth reason. Is it altruism or some sort of Chinese disdain for the number 4?

  4. Rudy Says:

    Oops, Greg, I’d misnumbered the reasons. Sometimes I revise a page and put IN mistakes.

  5. Mr TinKan Says:

    Thanks for making your work available like this. I do really appreciate it, and I am sure to pick up a hardcopy or two when I see them now.

  6. Mike Hebert Says:

    Hi Rudy, Thanks for all the access to your thoughts. I was sharing some references to you in discussion with a friend about Augustine’s thoughts on time, and my friends meanderings on space and time, past and future. I noted that the wikip. article about you stated, “His non-fiction book, The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: What Gnarly Computation Taught Me About Ultimate Reality, the Meaning Of Life, and How To Be Happy summarizes the various philosophies he’s believed over the years and ends with the tentative conclusion that we might profitably view the world as made of computations, with the final remark, “perhaps this universe is perfect.”

    Doesn’t the view that the universe is (perhaps) perfect, suffer from a similar problem as the idea of God, that “he/she/it” can’t be both all-powerful, all knowing and all powerful, because an all powerful, all loving God would not permit suffering? Or maybe perfection is an asymptote, always strived for, but never achieved? So maybe believers are worshiping (or idolizing?! an asymptote?! How can a perfect universe be so full of pain and suffering? This reminds me of an essay by Stanislaw Lem in his book “One Human Minute” that I read some 20+ years ago, about how the universe creates using destruction.

    Which brings me back to your book on infinity and the mind. For me, one of the most interesting passages was your insight into how Goedel’s Incompleteness Theorems opens up the world to the possibility of freedom, which to me is similar to how the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle does the same in physics.

    But the price of that freedom, for us at least, as time-space-data-intelligence limited beings, seems to be to be locked out of the “paradise” of knowing all, with, perhaps, Cantor, Goedel, and Heisenberg standing at the gates.

  7. Cinco_D Says:

    I have a notion…
    that the …ware collection is incomplete..
    Etherware…
    some elements of human existence…
    are not physical…
    hope..
    dreams..
    knowledge..
    understanding..
    wisdom..
    love..
    everything that no longer exist…
    in a lifeless corpse…
    all of which defy the laws of physics..
    they increase…
    defying entropy…

  8. Lee Says:

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

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