Rudy Rucker has seen the futureâ¦and it is extreme. The Godfather of cyberpunkâa mad scientist bravely meddling in the outrageous and hereticalâRucker created Bopper Robots, who rebelled against human society in his award-winning classic Software. Now, in 2953, "moldies" are the latest robotic advancementâevolved artificial lifeforms made of soft plastic and gene-tweaked molds and algae, so anatomically inventive and universally despised that their very presence on the planet has thrown the entire low-rent future into a serious tailspin. So the moon is the place to be, if you're a persecuted "moldie" or an enlightened "flesher" intent on creating a new, more utopian hybrid civilization. Of course up there, there are other intergalactic intelligences to contend withâand some not so intelligentâwho have their own agendas and appetites. This is scientific fabulation at its most brazenly inventiveâfunny, cutting-edge, and deeply informed. No writer alive puts it all together like Rudy Rucker.
Artificial life forms made of soft plastic and gene-tweaked mold and algae, moldies are evolved robots in the year 2053âanatomically inventive and universally despised. In a sleazy, low-rent future, sexual fraternization with moldies is strictly tabooâa societal sin that is of no concern whatsoever to Randy Karl Tucker. A Kentucky boy who has seriously strayed from the Heritagist religion1s stern teachings about the evils of artificial life, Randy feels a definite something for Monique, moldie bookkeeper and maid at the Clearlight Terrace Court Motel But Monique1s sudden and inexplicable abduction from the planetâcoupled with unsettling revelations about Randy's own dubious originsâis dragging the degenerate flesher and all those around him into an ugly, conspiratorial messâ¦even as it pulls an unsuspecting humanity ever-closer to a stunning encounter with intergalactic intelligence.
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