Spaceland

A Novel of the Fourth Dimension

Rudy Rucker

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Joe Cube is a Silicon Valley hotshot--well, a would-be hotshot anyway--hoping that the 3-D TV project he's managing will lead to the big money IPO he's always dreamed of. On New Year's Eve, hoping to impress his wife, he sneaks home the prototype. It brings no new warmth to their cooling relationship, but it does attract someone else's attention.

When Joe sees a set of lips talking to him (floating in midair) and feels the poke of a disembodied finger (inside him), it's not because of the champagne he's drunk. He has just met Momo, a woman from the All, a world of four spatial dimensions for whom our narrow world, which she calls Spaceland, is something like a rug, but one filled with motion and life. Momo has a business proposition for Joe, an offer she won't let him refuse. The upside potential becomes much clearer to him once she helps him grow a new eye (on a stalk) that can see in the fourth-dimensional directions, and he agrees.

After that it's a wild ride through a million-dollar night in Las Vegas, a budding addiction to tasty purple 4-D food, a failing marriage, eye-popping excursions into the All, and encounters with Momo's foes, rubbery red critters who steal money, offer sage advice and sometimes messily explode. Joe is having the time of his life, until Momo's scheme turns out to have angles he couldn't have imagined. Suddenly the fate of all life here in Spaceland is at stake.

Rudy Rucker is a past master at turning mathematical concepts into rollicking science fiction adventure, from Spacetime Donuts and White Light to The Hacker and the Ants. In the tradition of Edwin A. Abbott's classic novel, Flatland, Rucker gives us a tour of higher mathematics and visionary realities. Spaceland is Flatland on hyperdrive!

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New Year’s Eve
 
 
My idea for handling December 31, 1999, was that Jena and I should fix a nice meal, drink champagne, watch TV, and stay clear of the Y2K bug. I bulldozered over Jena’s gently voiced objections. I figured that at midnight the power would go out and the rioting would start. We’d lock the door and light some candles, and Jena would smile at me and kiss me and say I’d been right to make us stay home. In my mind, that’s what was going to happen. And, hey, even if I was wrong about the rioting, we’d miss a Millennial traffic jam.

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"Science fiction author-hero Rudy Rucker is an oddity and a treasure . . . . In these days of neat little marketing categories, few writers attempt to cover so much ground."--Wired

"His work links the largest possible cosmic view with the trivia and tribulations of everyday life . . . . He portrays thoroughly real, everyday people grappling with some far-fetched phenomenon . . . with comic results."--Fantasy & Science Fiction.

"A hilarious tribute to Edwin Abbott's Flatland . . . combining valid mathematical speculation with wicked send-ups of Silicon Valley and its often otherworldly tribespeople . . . belly-laugh funny."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Rudy Rucker

Rudy Rucker is a mathematician, computer scientist, professor and writer who has twice won the Philip K. Dick Award for best SF paperback original, and has published a number of successful popular books on mathematical subjects, including The Fourth Dimension and Infinity and the Mind. He lives in Los Gatos, California.

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Spaceland
A Novel of the Fourth Dimension
Rudy Rucker

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429980074
ISBN10: 1429980079
304 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765303677
ISBN10: 0765303671
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$18.99
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