On Writing, by Rudy Rucker
November 11, 2021.
How to Write
A Writer's Toolkit
How to Self Publish
All the Interviews
Essays on Writing
A Transrealist Manifesto
What SF Writers Want
What Is Cyberpunk?
Power Chords, Thought Experiments, Transrealism and Monomyths
Seek the Gnarl
Introduction to Mad Professor
New Futures for SF
What I Write
Complete Stories (Online version)
Collected Essays (Online version)
I create book-length sets of notes while writing my novels and nonfiction books. Here are links, mostly to PDF versions of these notes, with some webpage versions as well.
Notes for The Big Aha (Transreal Books, 2013). 3 Meg file with links and pictures, 112,000 words. This time around, I decided to publish the Notes document as a book as well. See my Big Aha website for the ebook and paperback formats.
Notes for Turing & Burroughs (Transreal Books, 2012). 3.9 Meg file with links and pictures, 85,000 words.
Notes for Nested Scrolls (Tor Books, 2011). 0.5 Meg file with links and pictures, 45,000 words.
Notes for Jim and the Flims. (Night Shade Books, 2011) 4 Meg file with links and pictures, 110,000 words.
Notes for Hylozoic. (Tor Books, 2009). 3 Meg PDF file with links, 196,000 words.
Notes for Postsingular. (Tor Books, 2007). 2.5 Meg PDF file with links, 145,000 words.
Notes for Mathematicians in Love. (Tor Books, 2006). 2.6 Meg, 100,000 words.
Notes for The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul. (Thunder's Mouth Press 2005). 1.5 Meg, PDF file, 62,000 words.
Notes for Frek and the Elixir. (Tor Books 2004). 1.2 Meg PDF file, 75,000 words.
Notes for As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel (Tor Books 2002). 1.4 Meg PDF file. 64,000 Words.
Notes for Saucer Wisdom. (Tor Books 1999). 660 K PDF file, 50,000 words.
Notes for Freeware. (Avon Books 1997). 500 K PDF file, 50,000 words.
Notes for The Hacker and the Ants (Avon Books 1994, Four Walls Eight Windows 2003). 160 K PDF file, 14,000 words.
Random Extra Articles
A Timeline of my Transreal Novels
The CA Lab Manual. An introduction to cellular automata.
The Boppers Artificial Life Lab Manual. An introduction to artificial life.
Paper on Cubic Julia sets, Cubic Mandelbrot Sets and the "Rudy set". A math discussion of what comes after the regular Mandelbrot set.
Paper on Kappatau Space Curves. A math paper about a new kind of gnarly space curve.
Treatment for "Search for Infinity," an IMAX Movie about the Mandelbrot Set. We never got the NSF grant to make this, but it's still kind of a cool SF story.
Review of Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science(American Mathematical Monthly, November, 2003). I liked this book a lot.
Review of David Foster Wallace's Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity, (Science, January 16, 2004). I didn't like this book.
The Men in the Back Room at the Country Club. SF/Horror story. In the online magazine Infinite Matrix.
Frontwheeldrive.com interviews by Tom Georgoulias. Two interviews about SF and computer science, latest was June, 2002.
Web Mind Columns . In 2000, I wrote four columns for a webzine called Galaxy Magazine. I think they only ran two of them. And now they're out of business. This link goes to a directory on my site where you can find my columns, which are about the mind and the web.
Robot Obstetric Wards, by Rudy Rucker. Article for WIRED magazine about Rudy's tour of the clean rooms at AMD and Intel chip fabs.
Use Your Illusion: Kit-Bashing The Cosmic Matte, by Rudy Rucker. Article for WIRED magazine about Industrial Light And Magic's special effects.
Ten Mathematical Favorites, by Rudy Rucker. Posted on an interesting site by Wade Powell, reprinted from The SF Book of Lists by Maxim Jakubowski and Malcom Edwards.