NPR science fiction reporter par excellence Rick Kleffel has just posted an MP3 of his interview with cyberpunk legend Rudy Rucker. I love Rudy's books -- his latest, Mathematicians in Love is one of the greatest nerd-hero sf novels I've read, a mindbending trip through the math of interdimensional travel.
Rucker is rather unique among science fiction writers, and a great Santa Cruz type of personality, by which I mean he's incredibly smart, highly perceptive with a peculiar and bizarre imagination. And in spite of all that, he manages to remain really funny and a guy with a sort of sunny outlook. Even if the world is going to hell in a handbasket, Rucker is going to suss out just how intricate the path there might be and why, when we arrive, we might find that our destination has been changed mid-journey without our knowledge.
I spoke with Rucker about the beginnings of the cyberpunk movement, and he told me about his love of the Beats and about the high point of cyberpunk, when Mondo 2000 ("Their idea of using computers was to...take drugs and imagine they were having telepathic contact.") was on the cover of Time Magazine. Since Rucker has written a great deal of non-fiction about the future, I was pretty curious to have his take on futurology: "It's not terribly different from science fiction. I guess it tends to be more grasping, more humorless, less interesting...more bogus."
The escalating tariff slap-fight between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China is messing with so many bottom lines that the only people playing the market and making bank are those with companies that make red ink in their portfolios. Even Apple, a company that pretty much prints its own damn […]
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This alarmingly funny video shows an “Apple Engineer” explaining the company’s forthcoming $999 monitor stand. This guy is better than the “Downfall” meme! Also funny: to see people who had complained vocally about Apple’s lack of truly “pro” gear denouncing it when it finally came along, because it was too pro. Perhaps Apple should have […]
When it comes to large computer systems, not one of them is fully secure. Even with constant updates to the platforms that keep vital networks humming, there’s always a back door. And companies are willing to pay handsomely to effective bouncers that can keep an eye on them. Call them ethical hackers or white hat […]
So you’ve visited the Kennedy Space Center every year. You’ve watched “The Right Stuff” for the 95th time. There must be something to do while you’re waiting to join Space Force for the next manned mission to Mars or the moon. Here’s a combo that should raise a salute from any fan of space or […]
Looking for a new tablet? If you haven’t upgraded in a while, it might be time to check out the latest iPad Pro for two very good reasons. First, the 2018 model is a real workhorse. The 12X Bionic chip processor means it can handle any task you set out for it, and still have […]