Realware (Ware #4) by Rudy Rucker

Realware (Ware #4)

This hilarious finale to the award-winning series offers more cutting-edge science, raucous social satire and deeply informed speculations from one of science fiction's wittiest writers (San Francisco Chronicle)

Details Realware (Ware #4)

TitleRealware (Ware #4)
Release DateApr 1st, 2001
GenreScience Fiction, Cyberpunk, Fiction

Reviews Realware (Ware #4)

  • Bradley
    This one might be too wild for maiden aunts. Heck, maybe it's too out-there for the run-of-the-mill reader of SF.But for the REST OF US, it's a truly wild ride that ramps up the same wild directions as Rucker has been taking us all along. Let's go crazy!First of all, the aliens aren't ALL dead. Two-dimensional, multi-timeline-living, reality-hacking aliens. Death isn't really a big thing for these guys. Blowing up their own cities doesn't really ...
  • Peter Tillman
    Ware #4 was the weakest of the 4, but still pretty good. Say, 2.6 star? From Booklog notes for 10-2000.These would be long novellas by today's standards, I think. Still, a lot to be said for not wasting words!
  • Elar
    Whole series is decent mature fun, where everything and everybody is connected and like Roborally boardgame you just start bots and give them some instructions, but you never know where they end up
  • Eran
    While it feels slightly less thought-out then previous books, it's nice to get to the end of a series. Also it does have some interesting thoughts explored and still in a cartoonish but fun way.
  • Kim Zinkowski
    A. "Fun".
  • Quinton Young III
    Stay High
  • Dana Cameron
    Bad. It seeks to undo and invalidate the entire story and all of its themes and thoughts.
  • Laura Dragon
    "Reality," pontificates one of Realware's characters to another, "is, after all, a consensual hallucination," and Rudy Rucker makes a first class run at convincing us this is so.Phil Gottner is not an ambitious man -- a fact which has long set him at odds with his brilliant mathematician father. Phil figures he's doing okay. He has a job as an assistant chef in a fancy restaurant. He has a place to live: a birdcage room he built himself inside a ...
  • Felix Zilich
    Кулинар Фил Готтнер был разбужен среди ночи печальным сообщением о том, что отца засосала его домашняя черная дыра. Вскоре обнаружилось, смерть старика была далеко не единственной. В сводках показали, что по всему миру последние дни происходят д...
  • JonSnow
    Book 1 (software) was awesome. A must read.Book 2 (Wetware) was pretty awesome. Had a kool nee drug called merge which was wicked.Book 3 was okay.Book 4 (this one) was kinda a slogI felt like this fourth book was maybe one too many. It was nice to see it all end, but i found this last book a real slog. after book 3 I was getting a bit tired of the series. it became way too much about the world, and descriptions of weird shit, and sex, than about ...
  • Mark Schomburg
    A little kilpy for a ware book. The allas leave me deflated in the same way that the matter converters of Farmer's Riverworld did. You can create anything instantly. Great. Now all we have to do is wait for the author to put it to use interestingly... for Rucker, that's not usually a problem, but you know, when the limits are taken away completely, who wants to wait for the book to load into one's head. The level of cultural & philosophical criti...
  • Christoph
    The cycle is complete; it took me 10 years to finish this series with a good three or four year break between Hard and Wet. Ironically, I started this series right around when Realware came out not even realizing it existed. Like the Dune series, this series really went off the deep end trying to outdo the previous book. The further I got into this series the more I felt like it was a young adult novel as he drifted away from the hardcore sex and...
  • Nate
    The final chapter of this extremely banal series was, in some ways, the least offensive, although still extremely negative about the nature of human beings. The book spends a pointlessly large amount of time following two characters around Tonga for a while, then jumps back to the expected cast of perverts and druggies that have been hanging around the other three books. The author keeps resurrecting poor Cobb from the first book like Dune's Dunc...
  • Phil
    For anyone who has read the first three "Ware" books it is worthwhile to finish the tetralogy. However, it is a tall order for Rudy Rucker to compete with the wildly imaginative books that started the cycle. The original book Software was unlike any book I ever read. The ideas were ahead of their time and Rucker's zany take on life, drugs, sex and ice cream trucks was a thrilling ride. By the time the fourth book rolls around the series feels tir...
  • Chris Craddock
    The 4th book of a 4 volume tetralogy. All 4 books outstanding. This was a good tying up of all the loose ends as the story followed multiple generations, and the original patriarch was still around, since his soul had been downloaded and reincarnated in a 'moldie' body, half fungus, half robot. Strange drugs and colonies on the moon are part of the story, but also the nature of god and existence. Rudy Rucker is a writer and a math professor and h...
  • Emily
    I'd read Wetware but didn't realize there were 2 other books between that and this, so it's possible I missed something from skipping those. That said, overall it was an interesting look at a possible high tech future, with the (now) fairly usual gritty cyberpunk feel of drugs, decay, and partial anarchy. Basic theme: aliens contact earth, give everyone a way to create absolutely anything they want, chaos ensues. The characters were ok, the world...
  • Brick Marlin
    Rudy Rucker delivers another great read in The Ware Tetralogy! Anyone who is a fan of cyberpunk should look this author up! Even though I did not own the third book in this series and read 1, 2 and 4, each novel could be considered a stand alone novel. Mr. Rucker does not leave the reader scratching his head about terms he has developed, explaining each one, if you do decide to read these books out of sequence.
  • Laura
    I'm not sure what I thought of this one. Yes, there were robots and not-robots, and surfer-style laidbackness, and the same sort of playful drunken stumble toward utopia as the other three books in this series. This one came with a hefty shot of meta and a surprising* walk-on by the 510 in the end.*Sorta surprising
  • Eric
    Rudy Rucker is always a pure delight to read.His writing style is unfettered, and flows from page to page, and is always unique in its perspective. Rucker can make the science in sci-fi supremely palatable, and the fiction deliciously mind-blowing.This is one of my favorite stories of his.
  • Sasha Romesburg
    I'm near certain that if I'd read the series in order, I would rate this higher. as it stands I picked this up at a dollar store when I desperately needed something to read, was as lost as one would expect with such intricate world-building. I love Rudy Rucker's short stories, and I intend to start this series from the beginning. I will change my rating when that happens, for sure.
  • Nicole G.
    I didn't find this as satisfying as the other three. Even the craziness of Freeware was more intriguing than this. I'm glad I finished it to see how the series ended, and the allas are certainly food for thought, but I just think it could have been better.
  • Bryan
    Not quite as good as "Freeware", but nevertheless a solid final chapter to this series. Some shades of Robert Heinlein in terms of the naivety and simplicity of the characters, but some clever new ideas make this story definitely worth the effort.
  • Devin
    In the final instalment, this series melts into a messy, stupid mishmash. The allusions to Alice in Wonderland hint at what the author possibly had in mind. But what comes out isn't terribly different from watching sausages get made.
  • Michael
    If you've made it to the 4th Ware book you must be a Rucker fan and know what you're in for. More of the same futuristic stoner dialogue, crazy plotting and inventions galore.
  • Aaron
    Fun science fiction!
  • Ben
    His characters and writing isn't always top-notch, but his setting, events, ideas, and wacky hijinks sure are. The tetralogy is well worth reading.
  • Tim
    A fine ending to one weird and fascinating series.