Rudy Rucker writes, "I'm running a new Kickstarter project: Transreal Trilogy + All the Visions. What's the new project? Four novels bound as two books.
And what is 'transrealism'? Your usual life, only it's an SF novel!"
If there is an archetypal Happy Mutant, it might just be Rudy Rucker. A gone and gonzo genius whose transrealism is surrealism with physics, math, and science fiction and the nightmarish world of Breugel thrown in for good measure. This looks amazing. I bought in for $50, which is all the books as physical editions with signed and numbered bookplates.
If you are looking to get turned onto Rucker, I highly recommend starting with Spaceland, an n-dimension take on Flatland, which gave me a totally new answer to the "what superhero power would you like to possess?" question (answer: the ability to extrude yourself into a fourth spatial dimension).
Transreal Trilogy contains:
* The Secret of Life: A 60s college student learns he's a saucer alien.
White Light: A hipster math professor travels to the afterworld.
Saucer Wisdom: A cult author tries to write about alien abductions.
All the Visions is a short, autobiographical, non-SF that novel Rudy composed on the typewriter with an 80-foot scroll of paper in 1983. Inspiration? Jack Kerouac's On the Road. The underground classic returns in a new edition, smooth and strange.
Transreal Trilogy + All the Visions
In November, Bruce Sterling published “Pirate Utopia,” a dieselpunk novella set in the real, historical, bizarre moment in which the city of Fiume became an autonomous region run by artists and revolutionaries, whose philosophies ran the gamut from fascism to anarcho-syndicalism to socialism.
Randal Munroe nails it again in an XKCD installment that expresses the likelihood that your houseguests will be able to connect to your wifi (I confess to having been the “firmware” guide — but also, having been reminded to do something about my own firmware when other difficult houseguests came to stay).
Rainey from EFF writes, “EFF just launched a new video about its efforts to encrypt the web. It features bestselling author Baratunde Thurston explaining why encryption matters and two simple ways to ensure the web we love is encrypted.”
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