Freeware is Rudy Rucker's book and third book in trilogy Software, Wetware, and Freeware. It was published in 1997.
Artificial life forms made of soft plastic and gene-tweaked molds and algae, moldies are evolved robots in the year 2053 -- anatomically inventive and universally despised. In a sleazy, low-rent future, sexual fraternization with moldies is strictly taboo -- a societal sin that is of no concern whatsoever to Randy Karl Tucker. A Kentucky boy who has seriously strayed from the Heritagist religion's stern teachings about the evils of artificial life, Randy feels a definite something for Monique, moldi bookkeeper and maid at the Clearlight Terrace Court Motel. But Monique's sudden and inexplicable abduction from the planet -- coupled with unsettling revelations about Randy's own dubious origins -- is dragging the degenerate flesher and all those around him into an ugly, conspiratorial mess...even as it pulls an unsuspecting humanity ever-closer to a stunning encounter with intergalactic intelligence.
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