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The Ware Tetralogy
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An omnibus of Rudy Rucker’s groundbreaking cyberpunk series—Software, Wetware, Freeware, and Realware—with an introduction by William Gibson.

The first two books both received the Philip K. Dick Award for best novel

The events in the series are set in motion by Cobb Anderson, a computer scientist born in 1950 as part of the baby boomer generation. In the late part of the 20th century, the population bulge of the Baby Boomers causes massive unemployment. By 1995, Anderson’s self-replicating robots, known as “boppers”, colonize the Moon. By 2010, the United States Social Security system collapses. In response to riots, the federal government turns over the state of Florida to the elderly. This leads directly into the events of Software, in 2020.

 

The Hacker and the Ants

The Hacker and the Ants
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This cyberpunk adventure from Philip K. Dick award-winner, Rudy Rucker, reads like a ripped-from-Reddit romp of white hat hacking, artificial intelligence. run amok, and an unstoppable electronic ‘bugs.’From a two-time winner of the Philip K. Dick award, and one of the founding fathers of cyberpunk comes a novel about a very modern nightmare: the most destructive computer virus ever has been traced to your machine.

Computer programmer Jerzy Rugby spends his days blissfully hacking away in cyberspace – aiding the GoMotion Corporation in its noble quest to create intelligent robots. Then an electronic ant gets into the machinery … then more ants …. then millions and millions of the nasty viral pests appear out of nowhere to wreak havoc throughout the Net. And suddenly Jerzy Rugby is Public Enemy Number One, wanted for sabotage, computer crime, and treason – a patsy who must now get to the bottom of the virtual insectile plague.

“Rudy Rucker warms the cockles of my heart … I think of him as the Scarlet Pimpernel of science fiction.” – Philip Jose Farmer