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Master of Space and Time
     

Master of Space and Time

by Rudy Rucker
 

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The real world is unbearable to madcap inventor Harry Gerber, so he uses his genius to twist the laws of science and create his own tailor-made universe. Master of Space and Time combines high physics and high jinks, blurring the line between science and magic. From a voyage to a mirror-image world where sluglike parasites make slaves of humanity, to trees and bushes

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The real world is unbearable to madcap inventor Harry Gerber, so he uses his genius to twist the laws of science and create his own tailor-made universe. Master of Space and Time combines high physics and high jinks, blurring the line between science and magic. From a voyage to a mirror-image world where sluglike parasites make slaves of humanity, to trees and bushes that grow fries and pork chops, to a rain of fish, author Rudy Rucker—two-time winner of the Philip K. Dick Award—takes readers on the ultimate joyride. But once the gluons at the core of Harry's creation run out ... disaster looms for Harry and his friends.

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Rudy Rucker's 1984 classic science fiction romp through time and space asks the question: What would you do if you could alter reality with a mere thought? When two madcap scientists create a machine that enables them to instantaneously fulfill their wildest dreams, chaos ensues.

Joseph Fletcher is a down-and-out engineer slaving away at a dead-end job and making barely enough to support his wife and young daughter. He longs for the day when he can once again be his own boss and run his own company. When Joe's old partner, a crazy inventor named Harry Gerber, suddenly reappears in his life in the form of a flock of miniature Harrys on the dashboard of his 1956 Buick, he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to build a blunzer, a machine that turns thought into reality. Once the blunzer is built, Joe and Harry (and Harry's homely girlfriend, Sondra Tupperware) instantly indulge. Joe becomes a millionaire, Harry turns into a deity, and Sondra transforms herself into a flying blonde sexpot. But paradise soon turns unruly as a giant lizard attacks New Jersey, parasitic alien "spine-riders" invade Earth, and porkchop bushes and fritter trees grow wild everywhere!

Rucker's genius is found in his unique ability to blend hard mathematical and scientific speculation with an insanely unpredictable imagination. Master of Space and Time is comparable to other irreverent Rucker masterworks like The Hacker and the Ants and Frek and the Elixir -- a twisted, uproarious, and surprisingly perceptive look at life, the universe, and porkchops. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762441389
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
02/24/2005
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
747 KB

Meet the Author

Rudy Rucker is a two-time winner of the Philip K. Dick Award and a professor of computer science at San Jose State University.

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