Mad Professor: The Uncollected Short Stories of Rudy Rucker
by Rudy Rucker
Cover Artist: Georgia Rucker
Review by Ernest Lilley
Thunder's Mouth Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1560259744
Date: 30 November 2006 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Five of the thirteen stories in Mad Professor were written with collaborators, and all are delightful trips through the barely imaginable reaches of Rudy Rucker's mind. Reading this collection will leave you cheerfully unhinged, which is to say a step closer to whatever plane of existence the author lives on normally. Reading Rucker is the best way I know of to help one appreciate how interesting, unpredictable, fun, and yes...gnarly the world is. From official release/information:
At the untamed frontiers of intelligence, consciousness, matter, and reality lies Rudy Rucker’s The Mad Professor, a collection of twelve mind-bending science fiction stories that probe the outer limits of possibility. Rucker, an accomplished computer scientist and mathematician with numerous science books and novels to his credit, brings his deep and varied knowledge of the mind, mathematics, and the ever-weird and wondrous workings of the physical universe to the stories collected here. In Chu and the Nants we read of a bizarre future following a Verge Singularity, in which hyperintelligent computers have taken over the solar system. Panpsychism Proved breaks down the boundaries between mind and matter, exploring the notion that “every object has a mind.” And Six Thought Experiments Concerning the Nature of Computation is an exhilarating collection of mini-stories taking us to the outrageous extremes of theoretical speculation.
In The Mad Professor, Rucker deploys the full range of his writing talent and scientific knowledge to take us on a wild romp through the known, the unknown, and the awesomely peculiar.
(Source: Thunder's Mouth Press)