Synopses & Reviews
Joe Cube is a Silicon Valley hotshot--well, a would-be hotshot anyway--hoping that the 3-D TV project he's managing will lead to the big money IPO he's always dreamed of. On New Year's Eve, hoping to impress his wife, he sneaks home the prototype. It brings no new warmth to their cooling relationship, but it does attract someone else's attention.
When Joe sees a set of lips talking to him (floating in midair) and feels the poke of a disembodied finger (inside him), it's not because of the champagne he's drunk. He has just met Momo, a woman from the All, a world of four spatial dimensions for whom our narrow world, which she calls Spaceland, is something like a rug, but one filled with motion and life. Momo has a business proposition for Joe, an offer she won't let him refuse. The upside potential becomes much clearer to him once she helps him grow a new eye (on a stalk) that can see in the fourth-dimensional directions, and he agrees.
After that it's a wild ride through a million-dollar night in Las Vegas, a budding addiction to tasty purple 4-D food, a failing marriage, eye-popping excursions into the All, and encounters with Momo's foes, rubbery red critters who steal money, offer sage advice and sometimes messily explode. Joe is having the time of his life, until Momo's scheme turns out to have angles he couldn't have imagined. Suddenly the fate of all life here in Spaceland is at stake.
Rudy Rucker is a past master at turning mathematical concepts into rollicking science fiction adventure, from Spacetime Donuts and White Light to The Hacker and the Ants. In the tradition of Edwin A. Abbott's classic novel, Flatland, Rucker gives us a tour of higher mathematics and visionary realities. Spaceland is Flatland on hyperdrive!
"Science fiction author-hero Rudy Rucker is an oddity and a treasure . . . . In these days of neat little marketing categories, few writers attempt to cover so much ground."--Wired
"His work links the largest possible cosmic view with the trivia and tribulations of everyday life . . . . He portrays thoroughly real, everyday people grappling with some far-fetched phenomenon . . . with comic results."--Fantasy & Science Fiction.
"A hilarious tribute to Edwin Abbott's Flatland . . . combining valid mathematical speculation with wicked send-ups of Silicon Valley and its often otherworldly tribespeople . . . belly-laugh funny."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Spaceland is Flatland on hyperdrive! Mathematician Rudy Rucker, a two-time winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, combines all his strengths in Spaceland, a wild novel about contact with beings who inhabit the fourth dimension. A rousing hard-SF homage to the famous Flatland, Spaceland is one of the year's significant SF novels--and one of its most entertaining. On New Year's Eve, Joe Cube takes home an experimental machine. When he turns it on, he's contacted by Momo, a woman from the fourth dimension. She promises to make him rich if he'll help her with a project. Right. This is mind-blowing SF at its best, and a special treat for mathematics geeks.
About the Author
is a mathematician, computer scientist, professor and writer who has twice won the Philip K. Dick Award for best SF paperback original, and has published a number of successful popular books on mathematical subjects, including The Fourth Dimension
and Infinity and the Mind.
He lives in Los Gatos, California.