New Book(s) Announcement: Rudy Rucker!

Here’s some exciting news: recently, we finalized a ten-book deal with the incomparable SF legend Rudy Rucker!

For the past few years, Rudy’s been self-publishing his work via his own publishing venture, Transreal Books. Now we’ve convinced him to return (in part, at least) to the traditional publishing world. We’ll be reissuing a number of novels from years past, publishing a few novels that had only been available through Transreal, and—for the cherry on top—releasing a brand new novel.


[Photo by Sylvia Rucker, 2010]

A Quick Introduction To Rudy Rucker

Rucker is an award-winning writer and a mathematician known for a unique take on science fiction, especially bio-technology and the possibilities that developing software and wetware hold for the future. His writing, including more than twenty novels, frequently highlights a quirky sense of humor and penchant for the unusual (Turing & Burroughs, a novel that fictionalizes a relationship between Alan Turing and William S. Burroughs, turns both into giant slugs; his new novel, Million Mile Road Trip, is an On The Road-esque science fiction take on counterculture featuring a flying station wagon with monster truck tires and electric guitars that grow on vines).

Rucker was a pivotal figure in the early cyberpunk scene alongside John Shirley, Bruce Sterling, and William Gibson. That group carved out a influential and unique take on science fiction that drew comparisons to Beat Generation writers like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac (Rucker himself has pointed out strong similarities between the two groups, penning an essay in which he suggests his own analog from the beat writers would be Burroughs, who shares his “scientific streak and an antic sense of humor”).

Rucker also coined the term “transrealism” to describe science fiction writing that incorporates autobiographical elements into the storytelling (that’s our simplified explanation: here’s Rudy’s 1983 manifesto in his own words). Much of Rudy’s writing qualifies; several novels go so far as to include the author himself as a main character, and some of his work was originally marketed as non-fiction in a tongue-and-cheek nod to the grey line between fact and fiction.

New Night Shade Editions
White Light (1980)
Spacetime Donuts (1981)
The Sex Sphere (1983)
The Secret of Life (1985)
Saucer Wisdom (1999)
Mathematicians in Love (2006)
Jim and the Flims (2011)
Turing and Burroughs (2012)*
The Big Aha (2013)*

*Previously only available through Rucker’s self-published editions

We’ll also be publishing a brand-new novel from Rudy, Million Mile Road Trip. A final publication order for all ten books is forthcoming, but it’s likely that we’ll lead off with a few reissues to whet reader’s appetites for the new novel, beginning in Fall 2018 and running through 2020.

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“Saucer Bagpipe,” the chief villain of Million Mile Road Trip. Artwork by Rudy Rucker.

(That’s right, he’s an artist, too.)

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Stay tuned to Night Shade’s social media for more information on these forthcoming titles from a pioneering author, including artwork and a series design that’s getting underway as we speak.