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Reader's Den: "Software" by Rudy Rucker (Discussion #4)
Thank you for joining us for the June edition of Reader's Den. We hope that you have enjoyed reading (and discussing) Software by Rudy Rucker and that you will return for E.M. Forster's A Room With a View in July!
Some final discussion questions:
- What did you think of the ending of Software, specifically the confrontation between Cobb and Sta-Hi?
- Did you read the ebook or print version and did this affect your experience of the book?
- If you were to recommend the novel to someone else, how would you describe it?
Want to read more cyberpunk this summer? Here are some titles in a similiar vein:
by William Gibson (1984)
This is generally considered the book that both defined cyberpunk and brought it to the attention of the mainstream and was winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick awards.
It follows hacker Henry Dorsett Case and mercernary Molly Millions through the shadowy streets of futuristic dystopia Chiba City, Japan and many of its concepts, such as "cyberspace," prefigure the World Wide Web by almost a decade.
by Rudy Rucker (1988)
The sequel to Software gave Rudy Rucker his second Phillip K. Dick award and is set ten years after the events in the first book.
Cobb Anderson and Sta-Hi Mooney (now Stahn Mooney) return, but while there are some similarities to Software, Wetware focuses on bopper Berenice's attempt to populate the Earth with a genetic robot-human hybrid or "meatbop." As a result, the work is sometimes classified as biopunk.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick (1968)
This novel (and the Ridley Scott film adaptation Blade Runner) are two more hugely influential cyberpunk works.
In a world full of androids and synthetic animals that are nearly indiscernable from their organic counterparts, the book explores the question of what it means to be human through the eyes of android hunter Rick Deckard.
This online book discussion is part of Sci-Fi Summer Reading 2011. Find more science fiction-themed programming at bit.ly/scifisummer.