This is an image of a guy seeing the vintage fractal in the sky, an object known as the Mandelbrot set. When I painted this, I’d just come back to fractals after a twenty-year hiatus, and I was creating extremely gnarly images. I was thinking about fractals all the time, seeing them in my dreams, and seeing them when I closed my eyes. I made videos, art prints on Imagekind, T-shirts on Zazzle, and a long blog post at tinyurl.com/rudyfractals. At the same time I was thinking about a made-up word of mine, fnoor, which first appeared in my novel, The Hacker and the Ants. Fnoor is meant to be an old-time graphics-hacker term for incredible weirdness on your screen, a kind of image that the early programmer Bill Gosper used to term “seething dog barf.” I was writing a science fiction story with the working title, “Fnoor,” in which the characters see some fnoor-like aspect of the natural world that suggests that (a) the world is a type of computation and (b) they can learn how to tweak this computation to improve their lot.
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.