Rudy Rucker

Rudy Rucker

  • Commented on Rudy #8. In The SF Drawer
    scentofviolets, maybe someday I'll write from a dog's POV, sure, I like dogs. WHITE FANG is another Jack London book with dog POV, and it seemed quite good to me, read it about 2 years ago. And I guess you...
  • Commented on Rudy #8. In The SF Drawer
    Sorry, scentofviolets, I just don't have the time and energy to start posting special request photos! But you can find lots of Arf stuff in my electronic lifebox, just search it for Arf, with the capital, and some of these...
  • Commented on Rudy #8. In The SF Drawer
    Charlie remarks, "We might find it a bit uncomfortable on top of the pile as a bunch of authors with very polished character skills start moving into our dorm." This is a key point. One of the greatest weaknesses of...
  • Commented on Rudy #8. In The SF Drawer
    Alain, my latest novel, JIM AND THE FLIMS, is to some extent a fantasy, concerning a trip to the afterworld. Although, having an analytic mind, I couldn't resist sticking in somewhat logical explanations for most of the wonders. Alex Toley,...
  • Commented on Rudy #8. In The SF Drawer
    Rosie, Yes, writing and publishing SF is in itself a daunting and worthy goal. One suggestion I might make is that, in developing your style, it's not a bad idea to include some mainstream writers as your models, rather than...
  • Commented on Rudy #7. Transrealism
    Tuckerization! I'd forgotten that word, just learned it a couple of years ago from Eileen Gunn. Tuckerization is the practice of putting in friends or fans or patrons as characters as a reward for money or friendship. It's a bit...
  • Posted Rudy #8. In The SF Drawer to Charlie's Diary
    This will be, I think, the last of my guest posts here on Charlie's Diary. It's been fun to have such a big audience, and some of your comments have been quite valuable. I'm pleased to have stood in for...
  • Posted Rudy #7. Transrealism to Charlie's Diary
    The word "transreal" that I started applying to my novels in the early 1980s was inspired by a blurb on the back of my copy of A Scanner Darkly, saying that Philip K. Dick had written "a transcendental autobiography." I...
  • Commented on Rudy #6. Time As A Divergent Series
    Allynh, on second thought I don't quite agree with your model after all. It was just your elegant prose that won me over. My issue is that I want to write this time-branch story WITHOUT invoking a second-order time in...
  • Commented on Rudy #6. Time As A Divergent Series
    Thanks, Allynh, well said. It's nice to hear from a commenter who gets what I'm talking about and agrees with me! Your words make my idea more vivid to me than before. This is the kind of comment that makes...
  • Commented on Rudy #6. Time As A Divergent Series
    Turns out we're both "right," analytic continuation. See the Wikipedia article on this famous series, called Grandi's series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandi_series As I recall, it may have been Grandi himself who said the series showed how the Creator was able to make...
  • Commented on Rudy #6. Time As A Divergent Series
    Come on, Louis Savain, what are you so dire and cranky about today? We're talking about IDEAS FOR AN SF STORY, man, not about RELIGIOUS DOGMA. This is supposed to be fun, okay? The free play of ideas. A few...
  • Commented on Rudy #6. Time As A Divergent Series
    Analytic continuation, I assume you're joking when you say that series sums to 1/2. Check your local calculus book! Divergent means there's no unassaailable way to assign a sum. (1 - 1 ) + (1 - 1) + (1 -...
  • Commented on Rudy #4. More on The Big Aha.
    Louis Savain, that's an intriguing bit of cognitive science you mention. Do you have a link for this?...
  • Commented on Rudy #6. Time As A Divergent Series
    Not a bad idea, Dirk, I'll have to ponder if that would be a good fit. I wrote about Cramer's Transactional interpretation in my nonfiction tome THE LIFEBOX, THE SEASHELL, AND THE SOUL. I compare it to a reversible cellular...
  • Commented on Rudy #1. Digital Immortality and the Lifebox
    My father Embry Cobb Rucker had a very early coronary bypass operation in the 1970s, and was never the same peson after that. This was a transreal inspiration for the character Cobb Anderson in my novel SOFTWARE. Cobb gets a...
  • Commented on Rudy #2. The Nu Yu Lifebox.
    I like to use the word "twinking" for the process of getting so deeply into a work of art (book, painting, movie, scientific oeuvre) that you have the feeling of emulating the writer/artist/scientist. I talk about twinking in my nonfiction...
  • Commented on Rudy #3: Looking For The Big Aha.
    Robert Sneddon, I worked on four projects at Autodesk. CA Lab (later called Cellab), James Gleick's CHAOS software, Autodesk Cyberspace, and Artificial Life Lab. Autodesk Cyberspace was to be an API for writing VR programs, and it pretty much bombed...
  • Commented on Rudy #3: Looking For The Big Aha.
    C, that's a wonderful, memorable line: "And here I was thinking mainly of the time Pythagoras killed three guys in a bar fight with a hypotenuse."...
  • Posted Rudy #6. Time As A Divergent Series to Charlie's Diary
    As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've always been repelled by the notion of the multiversal world of branching time--a cosmos in which no decision matters, as you also do the opposite in some other branch of time. Rather...
  • Commented on Rudy #5. Gnarly Power Chords
    Alain, you're right that animism seems simliar to hylozoism. I guess a difference might be that a hylozoist regards the life/consciousness as being automatically inherent in every object, like mass. But an animist might be more inclined to see spirits...
  • Commented on Rudy #5. Gnarly Power Chords
    Awesome comment, Markham. I have thought of this problem from time to time. Like, if you have hylozoic teep powers to you feel guilty when you burn a lump of coal? A way out could be that things like lumps...
  • Posted Rudy #5. Gnarly Power Chords to Charlie's Diary
    Literature at large has its own tropes or standard scenarios: the unwed mother, the cruel father, the buried treasure, the midnight phone call, the stranger in town and so forth. When I speak of power chords in the context of...
  • Commented on Rudy #4. More on The Big Aha.
    Matt --- Ya, mon, including music in the squiddy Big Aha stimulation biodevice is a good idea. The more senses you tickle the more vivid is a fictional scene. And the idea of a Big Aha routine not continuing to...
  • Commented on Rudy #4. More on The Big Aha.
    Jon, you seem to be losing sight of the fact that in this post I'm talking about finding appealing ideas for an SF novel. No, physics doesn't care about my preferences. But I'm not trying to publish a physics paper,...
  • Commented on Rudy #4. More on The Big Aha.
    I don't really want to see an endless thread of yes/no/yes/no bickering regarding the notion of wave function collapse here. If you want to continue, Dirk and Greg, please take your argument somewhere else. Let's assume, just for the sake...
  • Posted Rudy #4. More on The Big Aha. to Charlie's Diary
    As I mentioned in my "Rudy #3" post a few days ago, I'm working towards a certain conception of a mind amplification process that I call the Big Aha. Remember that I'm not looking for something that's inarguably true, I'm...
  • Commented on Rudy #3: Looking For The Big Aha.
    Lots of good comments here, I'll go through them carefully and formulate a coherent summary/response in a day or two. === I don't quite know why Godel is mentioned in this discussion, but I might as well clarify his relationship...
  • Posted Rudy #3: Looking For The Big Aha. to Charlie's Diary
    One more before Christmas... IA, AI, and the Big Aha What I've been leading up to with my talk about the lifebox is a discussion about how a certain kind of advance in AI could occur in concert with a...
  • Posted Rudy #2. The Nu Yu Lifebox. to Charlie's Diary
    Nice cat photo, Charlie! I like the green eyes. In my previous post, I was talking about the idea of creating an online simulation of oneself--what I call a lifebox. For now, the lifebox is simply a largish database of...
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