Rudy Rucker

Tor Books

After the Singularity, everyone and everything is sentient and telepathic. Aliens notice and invade Earth. In Rucker’s last novel, Postsingular, the Singularity happened and life on Earth was transformed by the awakening of all matter into consciousness and into telepathic communication. The most intimate moments of your life can be experienced by anyone who cares to pay attention, or by hundreds of thousands of anyones if you are one of the Founders who helped create the Singularity.

The small bunch of Founders, including young newlyweds Thuy, a hypertext novelist, and Jayjay, a gamer and brain-enhancement addict, are living a popular, live-action media life. But now alien races that have already gone through this transformation notice Earth for the first time, and begin to arrive to exploit both the new environment and any available humans. Some of them are real estate developers, some are slavers, and some just want to help. But how to tell the difference? Someone has to save humanity from the alien invasions, and it might as well be reality media stars Thuy and Jayjay.

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Chapter One

After Everything Woke Up

Jayjay awoke beside Thuy; comfortably he molded himself against her. Early sunlight filtered in through the redwoods. The newlyweds were in sleeping bags on the forest floor beneath a tree. They’d teleported here to install their home. It was the first of May.

A big blue Steller’s jay perched on a jiggly thin branch overhead, cocking his head. Jayjay teeped stealthily into the bird’s mind. He savored the gentle jouncing of the branch, the minute adjustments of the jay’s strong claws, the breeze in his


Praise for Hylozoic

Praise for the novels of Rudy Rucker:

"It's all a fun romp, and Rucker makes it work by providing a cutting-edge hard-science basis for the world's transformation.. Read these novels. They are like candy with a light, fluffy outside and a hard, dense core. And nobody can eat just one."
--Sci Fi Wire on Hylozoic

goes much further into the realms of the twisted, the disturbing and the post-everything. . . .   The whole thing gets more and more demented, until it almost feels like you need a post-singularity brain to understand all of the eigth-dimensional drama and weirdness.  But just when you think Rucker's layered on too much . . . for one book, it reveals itself, once again, to be the story of JayJay and Thuy's marriage, and of their battle to stay married in the face of alien birds, addictive manta-ray gel, and a personality-eating world mind."

"Rucker’s yarn of a future where everything­--animals, rocks, the planet Earth­--is conscious, telepathic and often irrepressibly chatty. Rucker’s approach takes a high-comic trajectory with a satirical edge. . . .  Serious, uproarious fun, with brain-teasers and brilliant ideas tossed about like confetti."
--Kirkus Reviews on Hylozoic
"Bristling with cool ideas, bizarre but witty formulations and neologisms, Carrollian mathematical/logic puzzles, gnarly tech applications and gonzo speculations, wicked satire, hot sex, nasty aliens, anarchic plots, and psi powers. . . .  Rucker juggles the disparate elements of his plot with the zany aplomb of the Flying Karamazov Brothers.  His vision of the future is a hopeful and inclusive one--­and one hell of a party."
--Locus on Hylozoic

“Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channelling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the Singularity.”
--William Gibson, author of Spook Country on Postsingular

“Rucker puts the weird in science. String theory might as well have been invented to give rise to mind-benders like this book.”
--Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, on Postsingular

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  • Rudy Rucker

  • Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor. He is regarded as contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice. His thirty published books include both novels and non-fiction books. A founder of the cyberpunk school of science-fiction, Rucker also writes SF in a realistic style known as transrealism.

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