The Hacker and the Ants

Rudy Von B. Rucker, Author William Morrow & Company $20 (307p) ISBN 978-0-688-13416-7
With a protagonist named Jerzy Rugby, a realty company called Welsh & Tayke, hackers who call themselves Bety Byte and Riscky Pharbeque and computer daemons that look like ants and destroy digital television transmissions, Rucker's second novel clearly dwells in that peculiar subdivision of postmodernism known as cyberspace. As it is enthusiastically described, Rugby's attempt to design a household robot that can function even in the most dysfunctional of homes seems truly like the Great Work he believes it to be. Rucker ( The Hollow Earth ) defines each computer-related term that might confuse the reader, ensuring that everyone will be able to understand the travails Rugby endures after he is blamed for the release of the TV-disrupting daemons. As matters become steadily more absurd, Rugby ultimately deals with the evolution of the human race. Readers familiar with Rucker's previous foray into virtual reality may be pleasantly surprised by his more mature perspective here. Even those who don't break into paroxysms of laughter while reading of bankrupt LISP programmers should find the Antland of Fnoor fascinating. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/02/1994
Release date: 05/01/1994
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 307 pages - 978-0-380-71844-3
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