The “Introduction” and the notes at the end of each essay describe the previous publications.
Later editions of Table of Contents Introduction Part 1: THE ART OF WRITING A Transrealist Manifesto What Is Cyberpunk? The Freestyle Antifesto (Written with Marc Laidlaw) What SF Writers Want Against Mundane SF Psipunk Sex and Science Fiction Chant to the Muse Part 2: SILICON VALLEY Welcome to Silion Valley Hacking Code Five Flavors of Cyberculture Cyberculture in Japan Use Your Illusion: Kit-Bashing the Cosmic Matte Robot Obstetric Wards Goodbye Big Bang: Cosmologist Andrei Linde Mr.
In real life, the people you meet almost never say what you want or expect them to.
From long and bruising contact, you carry simulations of your acquaintances around in your head.
These simulations are imposed on you from without; they do not react to imagined situations as you might desire.
By letting these simulations run your characters, you can avoid turning out mechanical wish-fulfillments.If no node is available for a given strand-loop, you go back and write a node in (cf. As long as you labor under the feeling that you are the only weirdo, then you feel weak and apologetic.You’re eager to go along with the establishment, and a bit frightened to make waves—lest you be found out.A Transrealist protagonist is just as neurotic and ineffectual as we each know ourselves to be.The Transrealist artist cannot predict the finished form of his or her work.Transrealism tries to treat not only immediate reality, but also the higher reality in which life is embedded. What makes standard genre fiction so insipid is that the characters are so obviously puppets of the author’s will.Actions become predictable, and in dialogue it is difficult to tell which character is supposed to be talking.is Copyright © 2012 Rudy Rucker, with the individual pieces copyright to the authors. This edition includes Rucker’s essays written from 1983-2012.Two of the pieces were co-written with Marc Laidlaw, and one with Stephen Wolfram.Ideally, a Transrealist novel is written in obscurity, and without an outline. How is it possible to write such a book without an outline? In drawing a maze, one has a start (characters and setting) and certain goals (key scenes).If the author knows precisely how his or her book will develop, then the reader will divine this. A good maze forces the tracer past all the goals in a coherent way.