This image was inspired by a frame of a Carl Barks comic book. Naturally I had to put in a UFO and, if you look closely, a tiny snowflake-like alien in the middle. I thought it would be cute to give him a Vietnamese-sounding name; while teaching computer science at San Jose State for twenty years, I became friendly with hundreds or even thousands of my Vietnamese students. I ended up putting Da Nha Duc into my novel Frek and the Elixir. Here are some passages where he appears:
“Some Saturdays Frek would fight with Geneva and Ida to try and keep them from watching the Goob Dolls, who always debuted their latest skits and situations at the same time as that funny Vietnamese toon about Da Nha Duc and his nephews Huy, Lui, and Duy...
“Her shirt was a live wall skin playing, just now, a loop of a smug Da Nha Duc, throwing back his shoulders and curving his beak in triumph.
“‘What these free-loading pests doing on my farm?’ fumed Da Nha Duc, immersed up to his orange knees in the green water of his rice paddy. His hoarse voice was so close to a duck’s quack that he was quite hard to understand.”
Rudy Rucker, Los Gatos, California Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementRudy Rucker is a well-known science-fiction writer who enjoys painting surreal Pop SF scenes that are often related to incidents in his books. His favorite artists include Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, Rene Magritte, Wayne Thiebaud, R. Crumb and Carl Barks.
Born in Kentucky in 1946, he studied mathematics, earning a Ph. D. in the theory of infinite sets. He worked first as mathematics professor, then as a computer science professor, coming to rest in Silicon Valley, where he now paints, photographs, and writes novels full time.
Rucker has published over 30 books, mostly speculative fiction. A founder of the cyberpunk school of literature, Rucker also writes in a realistic/fantastic style known as transrealism. Rucker took up painting in 1999 while doing research for his historical novel about the life of Peter Bruegel, As Above, So Below. He often paints pictures as a way of imagining the worlds of his novels such as The Hacker and Ants, The Hollow Earth, Frek and the Elixir and Mathematicians in Love. and Postsingular.