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Spaceland By Rudy Rucker Spaceland Joe Cube is a Silicon Valley hotshot well a would be hotshot anyway hoping that the 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 imp

  • Title: Spaceland
  • Author: Rudy Rucker
  • ISBN: 9780765303677
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spaceland By Rudy Rucker 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 lipsJoe 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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    1. Kelvin on said:

      3 StarsAs much as this book sounds like a three dimensional version of flatland, it felt much like fantasy and to be honest, that probably made the book better Our main character, Joe Cube, is visited by a fourth dimensional creature, Momo, who recruits him to spread knowledge of the fourth dimension to the people of Earth with a business concept of phones that do not require a carrier to transmit message because the signals are transmitted in the fourth dimension Joe calls up some his friends [...]

    2. David Kinzer on said:

      This is a quirky little gem of a book If you like sci fi and have a mathematical bent, you will like this book The protagonist is named Joe Cube, and things get weird when he receives a visitor from The All a world of four dimensions surrounding our own 3D world referred to as Spaceland and thus the title of the book The names the author uses for the places and creatures in The All are comical in and of themselves, but they lend charm to this story about a young entrepreneur, his wife Jenna, fri [...]

    3. Ahmed Khalifa on said:

      Ludicrously bad, so bad that it was unputdownable Rudy Rucker is obviously a insert real profession first and a writer fourteenth The characters are one dimensional and archetypal, the plot is meandering, the pacing is loose, the twists are telegraphed and the prose is juvenile.All that said, Rucker takes the time and research to make his depiction of what a fourth dimensional experience would be like as accurate and compelling as possible This is sci fi at its best, theoretically speaking Rucke [...]

    4. John Zorko on said:

      though I liked the mathematical concepts in the book, I can t say the same for any of the characters which were as flat in our world as the protagonist s in the 4D world of the All Though not terrible, the story wasn t much better.

    5. Kenny on said:

      SPACELAND is a continuation of the ruminations on dimensionality first begun over one hundred years ago in Abbot s Flatland, continued in the 60s with Sphereland, culminating or maybe not with Rucker s Spaceland Rudy Rucker has one of the most fertile and flexible minds currently working on SF subject matter In this case, his foray into trying to explain fourth dimensionality uses the methodology of his predecessors going to the next lower dimension to show how easily we perceive it and then ask [...]

    6. Bruce on said:

      I love Rudy Rucker, don t get me wrong, but this is not one of his best books.It contains the usual mathematically sound extradimensional romps with wacky names and gonzo characters But as other reviewers have commented the juice isn t flowing so much on this one.Rucker writes according to his doctrine of the transreal, heavily incorporating elements from his regular life In his earlier books you will see lots of gratuitous drug use of substances real and otherwise Here you see his transition to [...]

    7. Amanda on said:

      this just became available to me from my wishlist on pbs and i can t decide if i should buy a credit and get it I ve only read one Rudy Rucker book The Hollow Earth The Narrative of Mason Algiers Reynolds of Virginia but it was excellent I already have 2 other of his books that i haven t read, but who knows when this one will become available again as it s not a popular book OH decisions, decisions As a founding father of cyberpunk and a twice PKD award winner, as well as a brilliant scientist i [...]

    8. Jasper Elsley on said:

      I ve read Flatland and Flatterland, but i ve never read a novel as well written as this one This book, written from Joe, the main character s point of view, is about a four dimensional creature who augments Joe to make him able to see either Dronia or the Klupper city It also gives Joe the ability to see through walls, using the point of view on his vinn side The four dimensional creature, Momo, teaches Joe that the fourth spatial dimensions are vinn and vout and that the vinn side of space land [...]

    9. Erik on said:

      I read this right before Frek and the Elixer As reviewers have said it s pretty one dimensional But it has it s good points and I did finish it I m not sure I can remember what those good points are, though I think Rucker is mimicking the style of Flatland, another dull, one dimesional read But since it s about dimensions there s an inside joke playing here Kind of a slog to get through I think I m going to try White Light before i give up on Rucker, just to figure out if he s a style chameleon [...]

    10. D.L. Morrese on said:

      I made it about halfway through before giving up on this book I very seldom do that, but if the characters fail to appeal to me after 150 pages, chances are they won t ever I could not force myself to care about what happened to them They re quite unlikeable, in fact, and the plot and setting were not interesting enough to overcome that for me Don t let this prevent you from trying it I m sure there are people this book will appeal to TOR liked it enough to publish it, after all It just was not [...]

    11. Kyrie on said:

      Spaceland is definitely less science math oriented than the others I ve read in this grouping It s also geared to an adult audience It lacks the charm of Flatland, to which the author pays homage.It also reads like a what I tend to call a guy book Not that I think all guys are clueless idiots when it comes to women, but there s a lot of that in this book To be fair, women come off as clueless idiots as well.The ending was pretty good, but overall, no, I just didn t really like the book, and I f [...]

    12. lisa on said:

      Okeh, so I got half way through, and the real obstacle to finishing isn t the difficulty in wrapping my head around analogies about the 4th Dimension, it s the terrible prose and the uninteresting shallow characters If I had time to devote to something so poorly written, than maybe I would allow myself a chapter a week of this junk food book, but as it stands right now, it s just not worth it.

    13. Greg on said:

      This was much less focused on the science and on a story that relied on the science compared to the other Flatland spawns I ve read The story reminded me of early Christopher Moore and so it was fun in that way It did, at times, make the idea of the fourth dimension come alive better than any of the others because it dealt strictly with how humans would experience this do,ensign I also appreciated the nod to Planiverse by including Drabk.

    14. Mclane on said:

      Interesting idea, but poorly executed Is the flatness of the characters intentional Because that would be clever in a way, though still almost unreadable It seemed as though the author were taking a 2D example from lecture and folding, duct taping, and wishing it into the shape of a novel I d be interested to read some of his non fic, but I was happy to finally put this down.

    15. Jake Parks on said:

      Dude, the 4th physical dimension blows my mind Rudy Rucker is a smart guy who I am pretty sure is a string theorist and is using fictional books to open people s minds to the idea of extra physical dimensions He uses a comparison of 3D people looking at 2D people to describe what 4D people see when looking at 3D people Get it

    16. Kathleen on said:

      Ridiculous book It kind of like what would flatland or sphereland be like if it happened to humans in the modern era The parts that I remember most are that the poor girlfriend of the main character was constantly described in terms of her oily pimply skin And that we could imagine exactly how streets and cafes in Los Perros mapped onto Los Gatos.

    17. Natalie Thurlby on said:

      I didn t like the characters, they are so boring, unlikable and ironically one dimensional I read this book quite a long time ago, and that s all that I can really recall about it I really liked flatland, which is I guess why I bothered finishing this.It is at least quite a fun idea for a book, I just think the execution is pretty bad.

    18. Mark Sequeira on said:

      So I believe from what I ve read that Rudy Rucker is quite knowledgeable and readable regarding extra dimensionsbut as a fiction writer I was let down I wanted to like this book but it was nowhere near being good fiction Some of the explanations make you think but would have been better served being in a non fiction book about space time science.

    19. Martin Stein on said:

      Entertaining SF from an author who understands the male mind very well.Set in Silicon Valley with a lot of references to real places, people this book quickly takes off into a physics thought experiment It is still quite entertaining and a kind of Gilgamesh epos feel.

    20. Kọlá on said:

      Excellent book, full of Rucker s wit and inventiveness Does a great job conceptualising 4 dimensional life forms and what it would be like for a 3 dimensional being to interact with them.If you ever read Flatland or been intrigued by a hypercube, read this.

    21. Joanne on said:

      One of very few books I read partway and put down The writing was fair, but the plot was sub par As a fan of a vast variety of science fiction and fantasy, I feel I can say with feeling this just isn t me Blech.

    22. Thomas on said:

      I love Rudy Rucker, I really do But as I ve started reading his fiction again recently, I m finding that it s his non fiction works that really draw me in This book, while entertaining, just didn t quite do it for me.

    23. Nancy on said:

      The 4th dimension pieces were ok, but the plot was dumb and the characters were uninteresting I guess my expectations were too high I expected to be blown away by a novel with the 4th dimension woven into it It was a struggle to finish So disappointed

    24. Andrea on said:

      Really different from books I normally read i.e I don t read much science fiction but this was entertaining A little hard to read in some parts, a little too much description sometimes, but a quick read and a nice escape book.

    25. Yelena Malcolm on said:

      I liked Flatland and was ready to really like this It was, as the stars say, just OK I didn t dislike it and I didn t love it I would not have chosen not to read it if given the chance, but it seemed like an exercise and less like a fully developed story.

    26. Ethan Bagley on said:

      Interesting and funny Honestly, trying to wrap your brain around a 3 dimensional person s experiences in a further dimension is sort of hard Lots of great visualization queues from the author, and a plot that keeps it interesting.

    27. Samantha Balmes on said:

      Fantastic Quite the ride through dimensional travel Fun twist and fantastical food to make you drool Weird science and definitely a good read for anyone who loves physics, math, and technology.

    28. Jesse on said:

      This guy writes books that are so outlandish, you can barely wrap yer head around it One of the few science fiction authors with a firm grasp of both theoretical physics and plot structure.

    29. Yian on said:

      While the plot was a bit bland, the explanations behind the fourth dimension were really intricate and at times mind blowing.

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