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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597802808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597802802
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rudy Rucker is the author of more than a dozen books on science and science fiction, including "Infinity and the Mind" and "The Fourth Dimension." He is a professor of mathematics and computer science at San Jose State University in California.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. McLaren on July 30, 2011
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Easy to read, funny and as usual with Rudy Rucker, packed full of interesting ideas.

Some critics say "when anything and everything is possible, nothing is interesting",
but Rudy Rucker truly goes beyond "anything and everything",
this a rich and hugely enjoyable journey to places no writer has ever been before.
That said, I do realise this intense richness of ideas may be a challenge for some readers,
so open your mind and enjoy the trip!

Charles Howard Hinton makes a brief appearance,
which is a nice touch if your familiar with his work.
Also features a very clever and original way to find the "mystic portal" and
the method of closing the same portal is also very clever.
Somewhat similar themes to his book 'White Light', so if you enjoyed that, you'll love this.
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If drug culture, meta-physics and whimsy are your thing, than maybe this one is for you. The tale of a stoner challenging the status quo of the afterlife due to an accident with a molecular mapper her created in his garage has tons of potential...

However, potential is the only thing we really get. Plain and simple, the narrative reads like a rattled off semi-fever dream with characters that have no depth. Things start out promising, then go into a stream of consciousness story, only coming back to life for the last couple of chapters.

The metaphysics of the book are charming, the fact that the author seems to know both science and spirituality is refreshing... but ultimately, the plot and characters fail to provide the good
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Being a long-time Rucker fan, I really enjoyed "Jim and the Flims." Although I have "never inhaled," I felt that this must be what it is like. However, the editing was quite poor ... punctuation problems, names substituted for other characters, words left out, and so on. Buy it, but have patience ... it was like the editor was inhabited by a jiva.
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More About the Author

Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who spent 20 years as a Silicon Valley computer scientist. He's a contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice. His 37 published books include novels and non-fiction books such as THE FOURTH DIMENSION. His cyberpunk series THE WARE TETRALOGY and his novel of the fourth dimension SPACELAND are favorites. His memoirs NESTED SCROLLS and ALL THE VISIONS offer uniquely skewed insights into our times. Recent books include COMPLETE STORIES and the novels TURING & BURROUGHS and THE BIG AHA. His new reprint collection TRANSREAL TRILOGY includes his classic novels THE SECRET OF LIFE, WHITE LIGHT, and SAUCER WISDOM. More info at http://www.rudyrucker.com

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