By Rudy Rucker
Joe dice is a Silicon Valley hotshot--well, a would-be hotshot anyway--hoping that the three-D television undertaking he is handling will result in the massive cash IPO he is continually dreamed of. On New Year's Eve, hoping to provoke his spouse, he sneaks domestic the prototype. It brings no new heat to their cooling dating, however it does allure anyone else's attention.When Joe sees a collection of lips speaking to him (floating in midair) and feels the poke of a disembodied finger (inside him), it is not as a result champagne he is under the influence of alcohol. He has simply met Momo, a lady from the All, an international of 4 spatial dimensions for whom our slender global, which she calls Spaceland, is anything like a rug, yet one jam-packed with movement and lifestyles. Momo has a company proposition for Joe, a proposal she will not allow him refuse. The upside power turns into a lot clearer to him as soon as she is helping him develop a brand new eye (on a stalk) which may see within the fourth-dimensional instructions, and he is of the same opinion. After that it is a wild journey via a million-dollar evening in Las Vegas, a budding habit to tasty pink 4-D nutrients, a failing marriage, eye-popping tours into the All, and encounters with Momo's foes, rubbery purple critters who thieve funds, provide sage recommendation and occasionally messily explode. Joe is having the time of his existence, till Momo's scheme seems to have angles he could not have imagined. unexpectedly the destiny of all lifestyles right here in Spaceland is at stake.Rudy Rucker is a previous grasp at turning mathematical options into rollicking technology fiction experience, from Spacetime Donuts and White mild to The Hacker and the Ants. within the culture of Edwin A. Abbott's vintage novel, Flatland, Rucker offers us a journey of upper arithmetic and visionary realities. Spaceland is Flatland on hyperdrive!
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She ran up the carved-out stairs and onto the main street of Flat Matthewsboro, shrieking out the news. I offered dead Custer a silent apology, and moved along next to the main street of Flat Matthewsboro myself, heading the opposite way from Mindy. Flat Matthewsboro's street ran East/West, punc-tuated by the town's buildings. It was more like a series of court-yards than a street. The buildings had staircase outlines, big on the bottom and small on top, with basements and sub-basements as well.
She was wearing a tight green T-shirt and light purple slacks. Her feet—well her feet didn't look right at all. They were in black shoes, but turned sideways, almost backwards in fact. And she was hovering a few inches above the floor. Our gravity didn't seem to have any effect on Momo. "Greetings," she said in that rich, low voice of hers. "Joe Cube, Jena Bonk, Spazz Crotty. " Jena gave a little shriek of fear and surprise. " said Spazz, looking at Jena. " "Oh yeah, Momo's a friend of ours," I said, trying to wallpaper over things.
Too plastic," said Jena. "Anyway, this is on our own tab. I know this great funky place called the Hog Heaven. They call it the Hog for short. " asked Spazz. "I was here in '95," she said. " I happened to know that she'd done that trip with Buck Sawyer; it had come a week or two after Jena and I had first met, back when we were working together at a CompUSA in Denver. "I'm half Yavapi, you know," Jena told Spazz. "Bitchin'," he said. "I like Native American stuff. A woman at Acoma sold me a little round pot with a hole in it, and with a tiny figure of someone crawling out of the hole.