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Rucker's four Ware novels--Software (1982), Wetware (1988), Freeware (1997), and Realware (2000)--form an extraordinary cyberweird future history with the heft of an epic fantasy novel and the speed of a quantum processor. Still exuberantly fresh despite their age, they primarily follow two characters (and their descendants): Cobb Anderson, who instigated the first robot revolution and is offered immortality by his grateful "children," and stoner Sta-Hi Mooney, who (against his impaired better judgment) becomes an important figure in robot-human relations. Over several generations, humans, robots, and society evolve, but even weird drugs and the wisdom gathered from interstellar signals won't stop them from making the same old mistakes in new ways. Rucker is both witty and serious as he combines hard science and sociology with unrelentingly sharp observations of all self-replicating beings. This classic series well deserves its omnibus repackaging, particularly suitable for libraries.
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I had read a incomplete ebook or maybe it was part of a paperback. It took me awhile to find it and finally finished it! What a ride! I will need another read!!Published 24 days ago by Malcolm Welch
Lots of thoughts and lots of scenes makes for interesting Sci-Fi. Some topics are covered too briefly as loose ends are snipped off in the last section of each subplot... Read morePublished 3 months ago by KSTAMM
Probably the best book I've read this year, absolutely loved it. Couldn't put it down and I can't stop thinking about it. From boppers to moldies, to aliens, it's all in there.Published 3 months ago by DERF18
This is a weird, but entertaining series. I have reviewed each installment under separate title listings here on amazon. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Richard
Tired of the same old, same old? Want to read something very original that takes you somewhere new and interesting? This book will surprise you, hang on tight---it's a wild ride. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kevin
I wouldn't recommend any of these novels to anyone who doesn't like sci-fi. This is not a cross-over book with wide appeal. If you like sci-fi and you like Phillip K. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel Silveyra Perez
Edgy, nuts, and thoroughly entertaining - that's the Ware Tetralogy. If Kerouac wrote sci fi after way too many whiskies and reefers, this is what it might have turned out like. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tom Museth
I did my very best to get through the third portion but I found it, and the pages I skipped over, repetitive and just an exercise in reading. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ronald Smith