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Rudy Rucker

Rudy RuckerAKA Rudolf von Bitter Rucker

Born: 22-Mar-1946
Birthplace: Louisville, KY

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist, Mathematician, Computer Programmer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Author of Wetware series

Rudy Rucker is an American mathematician and science fiction writer, author of the Ware Tetralogy: Software, Wetware, Freeware, and Realware. He has written fiction in what he calls the "transreal" style, where characters and plot elements are based on reality, giving the author's own life the fantasma-allegorical treatment. Alongside William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and others, Rucker is often credited as a founding father of cyberpunk. Some readers, however, argue that Rucker's work is just too enjoyable and optimistic to be considered cyberpunk, lacking the genre's generally dehumanized, dystopian, and depressing outlook.

Rucker was a Professor of Computer Science at San Jose State University until 2004, where he mostly lectured on computer graphics and game programming. He has published software to study artificial life and cellular automata, in pursuit of gnarly computation. Rucker is co-editor of Speculations in Science and Technology, a scientific journal. He sometimes calls himself Rudy Rucker the Elder, to distinguish himself from his son, Rudy von Bitter Rucker, Jr.

Father: Embry Cobb Rucker (furniture maker, later Episcopal priest, b. 1-Oct-1914, d. 1-Aug-1994)
Mother: Marianne von Bitter (housewife)
Brother: Embry Rucker Jr.
Wife: Sylvia Bogsch (teacher, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Georgia Rucker
Son: Rudy Rucker, Jr. (Monkeybrains ISP)
Daughter: Isabel Rucker

    High School: St. Xavier High School, Louisville, KY (1963)
    University: BS Mathematics, Swarthmore College (1967)
    University: MS Mathematics, Rutgers University (1969)
    University: PhD Mathematical Logic, Rutgers University (1973)
    Professor: SUNY Geneseo (1973)
    Professor: University of Heidelberg (1979)
    Professor: Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA (1982)
    Professor: Computer Science, San Jose State University (1986-2004)

    Mondo 2000
    Church of the SubGenius
    Autodesk 1990s
    Hip Replacement Surgery left hip joint
    Risk Factors: Peyote, Former Smoker, Yoga, Arthritis

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Author of books:
Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension (1977, mathematics)
White Light (1980, novel)
Infinity and the Mind (1982, nonfiction)
Software (1982, novel)
The Fifty-Seventh Franz Kafka (1982, short stories)
The Sex Sphere (1983, novel)
The Fourth Dimension (1984, nonfiction)
Master of Space and Time (1984, novel)
The Secret of Life (1985, novel)
Mind Tools (1987, nonfiction)
Wetware (1988, novel)
All the Visions (1991, memoir)
The Hollow Earth (1990, novel)
Transreal! (1991, anthology)
The Hacker and the Ants (1994, novel)
Freeware (1997, novel)
Seek! (1999, nonfiction)
Saucer Wisdom (1999, novel)
Gnarl! (2000, short story anthology)
Realware (2000, novel)
Spaceland (2002, novel)
Software Engineering and Computer Games (2002, textbook)
As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Breugel (2002, novel)
Frek and the Elixir (2004, novel)
The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: What Gnarly Computation Taught Me About Ultimate Reality, the Meaning Of Life, and How To Be Happy (2005, nonfiction)
Mathematicians in Love (2006, novel)
Mad Professor (2007, short stories)
Postsingular (2007, novel)
Hylozoic (2009, novel)
The Ware Tetralogy (2010, novels, omnibus edition)

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