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The Ware Tetralogy (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Rudy Rucker , William Gibson
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It starts with Software, where rebel robots bring immortality to their human creator by eating his brain. Software won the first Philip K. Dick Award. In Wetware, the robots decide to start building people­—and people get strung out on an insane new drug called merge. This cyberpunk classic garnered a second Philip K. Dick award. By Freeware, the robots have evolved into soft plastic slugs called moldies­—and some human “cheeseballs” want to have sex with them. The action redoubles when aliens begin arriving in the form of cosmic rays. And with Realware, the humans and robots reach a higher plateau. Includes an introduction by William Gibson.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1327 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 754 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1607012111
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Prime Books (16. Dezember 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004GKNLP6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very imaginific, and irriverent, writer 18. September 2014
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I've always considered Rucker a sort of 'beatnik' of SF. Before reading 'The Ware Tetralogy' I have divoured 'Master of Space and Time', a very intelligent and highly entertaining novel from 1984.
Now, his famous 'Ware' series is something more complex, and has to do not only with physics, with drugs and with a certain "philosophical" vision of our existence, but, as well, with the danger coming from intelligent machines.

Reading these four books we follow Cobb Anderson, a retired computer scientist, during some 20 odd years of his (old, and crazy) life.

'Software' is set in 2020, 'Wetware' a decade later (meanwhile Cobb is... an ex-human!), the events of 'Freeware' happen from 2051 to 2053 and 'Realware' presents the world in the year 2054.

We have in the 'Tetralogy' Philip K. Dick, Stanislav Lem, certainly Asimov, a huge dose of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and, last but not least, Cheech and Chong. Please tell me if somebody else can do better than Rucker.
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Das hat wirklich gut begonnen, tolle neue Ansätze -z.B. Was die kosmische Strahlung ist- aber sowohl ner Stil als auch der Inhalt werden langatmig und fad, habe die letzten 20% leider nicht mehr geschafft..
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5.0 von 5 Sternen whow endlich 22. Januar 2011
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mann o mann seit ich damals wetware gelesen hatte wollte ich immmer die gesamter Reihe lesen, aber die Romane waren alle ****. deswegen bin ich total begeistert, hier die komplette Geschichte kaufen zu können. DANKE!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Essential Sci-FI 13. Juli 2010
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Though I own every book of this tetralogy, I think I'm going to buy them collected as they are here because out of any living author I can think of, Rudy Rucker deserves my money (plus at 16 bones this is a STEAL).

When I first read Software (the first book in this collection) I flipped: it has become one of my favorite books ever. The series follows the rise and development of artificial intelligence on Earth and the Moon. Maybe that sounds vaguely interesting to you or maybe you think it sounds stupid and boring or simply over done, but Rucker approaches the whole story with a playfulness and irreverence and creativity that has left me only ever wanting more. The 'ware series is educated and does speculative fiction in a refreshing, funny and even gritty way. Rucker tackles topics like mathematics and spirituality but you would be hard pressed to ever called him pretentious or contrived. Great characters like Sta Hi Mooney, a young drug frenzied loser punk, and Cobb Anderson, an alcoholic old man ex-scientist ex-human (!), color the story with Rucker's unique charm. This is a winner for Philip Dick and Stanislaw Lem fans, though I think even readers that don't like science fiction will enjoy Rucker.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Rudy Rucker Writes Revelations 6. August 2010
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In the first three books of his `live robots' series, Rucker is so brilliant on so many levels it is sometimes hard to realize that he was writing to be read for fun.

In the first three books of his Tetralogy, Rudy Rucker shows himself to be one of the rarest and brightest lights that science fiction produces; a science fiction writer who knows what he's talking about in terms of the science involved; and one who makes it happen in prose that an adult will find entertaining-even, and perhaps especially, an adult who has read something other than science fiction.

His books are like looking at an onion in cross-section: you can stay close to the surface layers if you like, or you can look deeper and try to go to see what he does and how he does it. Rucker always lets you go deeper but no matter where you stop looking, it's still a wonderful onion.

Some highlights:

Rucker's central scientific premise works by getting around the limit of artificial intelligence established by Marvin Minsky's observation that a system cannot create another system as complex as itself.

Rucker's plots involve conflict between machines and machines and between machines and humans. What comes from it creates some wildly entertaining reading involving comedy, drama, war ("how about a nice laser-blast?") and intrigue-and sometimes all three at once.

Rucker's use of language is like no one else's. He's been compared to Phillip K. Dick, but only because too many people have read Phillip K. Dick. Rucker's language is all his own and it is just *better*-often better than mainstream fiction writers whose broader audiences allow them to be paid a lot more for a lot less.

The books are a breeze to read and Rucker comes up with gems of language that demonstrate not only that he can pound typewriter keys but that he has the rare gift of understanding that each member of his audience is another mind and playing with that fact with every word.

I am delighted that they are republishing the trilogy as an omnibus edition. I loved the first three books and it will be as if I'm getting the fourth one for free.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 17. Februar 2011
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I have read a lot of SF over several decades -- not much lately because the shelves seem to be filled with books by vampire, "fey" and fantasy writers that basically don't give a crap about science or the future and copy each other to death.

This tetrology actually is based upon an interesting future/science idea -- what is now referred to as the "singularity", that is, when our intelligent machines achieve consciousness and self-direction, what next? The plot had promise, but 4 volumes of this stuff is just too much. Fortunately I bought the Kindle edition, so no innocent trees were murdered in vain. Some electrons may have been damaged, though.

The trouble with this series is that the characters are cardboard, the science is bogus (as in "Cap'n, the dilithium crystals are overheating, she's gonna blow!) and there is a desperate need for an editor to tighten and pare all this stuff down. Additionally, the author evidently decided that this series would be the next "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Heinlein) and threw in a LOT of 'edgy' drugs/sex/violence into the plot to the point where it becomes irritating and eventually depressing. It's really hard to shock anyone these days, so the effort is wasted -- there's just not going to be a literary buzz, it's just tiresome.

There's no legitimate comparison here with Philip K. Dick -- who is revered because he developed many plot lines that were completely original and startling when first published.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hysterical 27. Juli 2010
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I recently re-read the 4 books and the first 3 are just great. Clever, inventive and laugh out loud funny. Really great Science Fiction. The 4th book is a disappointment and very tedious. It was written years after the first 3 and Rucker didn't get better. However, the first 3 are FABULOUS.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great books, great value 15. Februar 2011
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I highly recommend the Ware series to anyone who likes finding sci-fi with a genuinely different take on the future. The Ware series focuses on the rise and evolution of artificial intelligences side-by-side with humans. The books explore the differences between biological intelligences and electronic ones and asks the question - is there a difference at all? You'll encounter human minds copied into software that runs in robotic bodies, artificial intelligences biologically encoded into DNA and born into human bodies and even more.

The books in this series were written in 1982, 1988, 1997 and 2000 and the earlier ones still hold up quite well. Rucker's style is humorous (sometimes darkly so), fun and generally fast-paced. If there's a downside, it's an over-use of future slang that occasionally interrupts the flow of the story as you try to figure out what a new word means (or how a normal word is being used). This is only a minor quibble, however, and overall the quality is excellent. The characters are varied, unusual and have depth that's often lacking. Even characters that only have minor roles are very different and well-drawn.

Finally, this collection is a great value - the print length is 700+ pages, so unlike all too many Kindle "novels" of roughly 100-200 pages that they try to sell for $6, you're getting a ton of great reading for your money.
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