The Ware Tetralogy

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It starts with Software, where rebel robots bring immortality to their human creator by eating his brain. Software won the first Philip K. Dick Award. In Wetware, the robots decide to start building people-and people get strung out on an insane new drug called merge. This cyberpunk classic garnered a second Philip K. Dick award. By Freeware, the robots have evolved into soft plastic slugs called moldies-and some human "cheeseballs" want to have sex with them. The action redoubles when aliens begin arriving in the...
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Overview

It starts with Software, where rebel robots bring immortality to their human creator by eating his brain. Software won the first Philip K. Dick Award. In Wetware, the robots decide to start building people-and people get strung out on an insane new drug called merge. This cyberpunk classic garnered a second Philip K. Dick award. By Freeware, the robots have evolved into soft plastic slugs called moldies-and some human "cheeseballs" want to have sex with them. The action redoubles when aliens begin arriving in the form of cosmic rays. And with Realware, the humans and robots reach a higher plateau.
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Publishers Weekly
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. (Oct.)
Library Journal - BookSmack!
The cyberpunk Ware Tetralogy is made up of Software (1982), Wetware (1988), Freeware (1997), and Realware (2000). Soft and Wet both snagged Philip K. Dick Awards (Soft was the first winner of that prize). If cyberpunk circs well in your library, get this solid bargain. Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 10/7/10
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607012115
  • Publisher: Sean Wallace
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 754
  • Sales rank: 864,424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Great author...Awesome series!

    I read the first of this series years ago while road-tripping across the country (US). Sad to say i forgot to pay for the first one (sorry Mr. Rucker) but hopefully i made it up by immediately reading (all paid for) the rest of the series (the Ware Tetrology) followed by 'White Light', 'Postsingular', and 'Jim and the Actuals' and most recently 'The Hacker and the Ants'. Rudy is able to bring math, spirituality, sex, drugs and robotics all together in a way thats fresh, unique, absolutely crazy and yet it blends well and gets me thinking in different ways about this world we live in.
    One of the coolest things about Rudy Rucker is the fact that he's a Mathematician and a writer and can describe these complex mathematical abstracts in ways that non-math people (me) can grasp.
    This series is the best of his works possibly tying with 'White Light'

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