Sequel to Postsingular (2007), Rucker's yarn of a future where everything-animals, rocks, the planet Earth-is conscious, telepathic and often irrepressibly chatty. This weird future stems from the exploits of teenager Chu, who strummed the Lost Chord on a golden harp to unfurl the eighth dimension and unleash limitless computing power. Though based on respectable extrapolations of current physics theories, Rucker's approach takes a high-comic trajectory with a satirical edge, adding plot and imagery evidently inspired by the paintings of medieval Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch. Once everything's telepathic, there's little or no privacy, and the Founders-Chu, friends Thuy, Jayjay and many others-do pretty much as they please. Chu strives to become more connected and less fixated. Thuy writes hypertext novels. Jayjay, addicted to the "high" afforded by deep communion with Gaia, spaces out. However, various alien species take notice of the now conscious Earth. While brain-surfing toward a (temporary) pinnacle of omniscience, Jayjay encounters a talking pitchfork, Groovy, and his girlfriend Lovva (the harp who played the Lost Chord). Groovy betrays Jayjay into the clutches of the Pekklet, an invading alien who quantum-entangles Jayjay and forces him to reprogram large blocks of matter; the objects affected lose their "gnarl," becoming dull and predictable and allowing colonists from distant planet Peng to project themselves into Earth's reality and take up immovable residence. Chu, meanwhile, meets big trouble of his own. Serious, uproarious fun, with brain-teasers and brilliant ideas tossed about like confetti.
Praise for the novels of Rudy Rucker:
"It's all a fun romp, and Rucker makes it work by providing a cutting-edge hard-science basis for the world's transformation.. Read these novels. They are like candy with a light, fluffy outside and a hard, dense core. And nobody can eat just one."
Sci Fi Wire on Hylozoic
"Hylozoic goes much further into the realms of the twisted, the disturbing and the post-everything. . . . The whole thing gets more and more demented, until it almost feels like you need a post-singularity brain to understand all of the eigth-dimensional drama and weirdness. But just when you think Rucker's layered on too much . . . for one book, it reveals itself, once again, to be the story of JayJay and Thuy's marriage, and of their battle to stay married in the face of alien birds, addictive manta-ray gel, and a personality-eating world mind."
"Rucker’s yarn of a future where everythinganimals, rocks, the planet Earthis conscious, telepathic and often irrepressibly chatty. Rucker’s approach takes a high-comic trajectory with a satirical edge. . . . Serious, uproarious fun, with brain-teasers and brilliant ideas tossed about like confetti."
Kirkus Reviews on Hylozoic
"Bristling with cool ideas, bizarre but witty formulations and neologisms, Carrollian mathematical/logic puzzles, gnarly tech applications and gonzo speculations, wicked satire, hot sex, nasty aliens, anarchic plots, and psi powers. . . . Rucker juggles the disparate elements of his plot with the zany aplomb of the Flying Karamazov Brothers. His vision of the future is a hopeful and inclusive oneand one hell of a party."
Locus on Hylozoic
“Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction. Someone simultaneously channelling Kurt Godel and Lenny Bruce might start to approximate full-on Ruckerian warp-space, but without the sweet, human, splendidly goofy Rudy-ness at the core of the Singularity.”
William Gibson, author of Spook Country on Postsingular
“Rucker puts the weird in science. String theory might as well have been invented to give rise to mind-benders like this book.”
Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, on Postsingular