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Software is Rudy Rucker's book. It's first book in trilogy Software, Wetware, and Freeware. The book was published in 1982.


The year is 2020 and millions of aging flower children have been transplanted in Florida. They're content staying stoned, but Cobb Anderson has bigger plans. He's just been handed a ticket to immortality that may blow him away. He created the "boppers," sentient robots that overthrew their human overlords. But now Cobb is just an aging alcoholic waiting to die, and the big boppers are threatening to absorb all of the little boppers -- and eventually every human -- into a giant, melded consciousness. Some of the little boppers aren't too keen on the idea, and a full-scale robot revolt is underway on the moon (where the boppers live). Meanwhile, bopper Ralph Numbers wants to give Cobb immortality by letting a big bopper slice up his brain and tape his "software." It seems like a good idea to Cobb.

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