Million mile road trip Novel

Rudy v. B. 1946- Rucker

Book - 2019

When a seemingly-innocent trumpet solo somehow opens a transdimensional connection to Mappyworld, a parallel universe containing a single, endless plain divided by ridges into basin-like worlds, three California teens find themselves taken on a million mile road trip across a landscape of alien civilizations in a beat-up, purple 80s wagon . . . with a dark-energy motor, graphene tires and quantum shocks, of course. Their goal? To stop carnivorous flying saucers from invading Earth. And, just may...be, to find love along the way. Million Mile Road Trip is a phantasmagoric roller-coaster ride--mind warpingly smart and wildly funny, with a warmly beating heart.

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Genres
Science fiction
Road fiction
Published
New York : Night Shade Books [2019]
Edition
First Night Shade Books edition
Language
English
Physical Description
469 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN
9781597809917
1597809918
9781597809924
1597809926
Main Author
Rudy v. B. 1946- Rucker (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Zoe and Villy are high-school seniors with no plans, so they decide to run away in Villy's purple station wagon days before graduation. But just as they're about to hit the road, Zoe plays a solo on her trumpet that accidentally opens a portal to the flat, alien dimension called Mappyworld. Two aliens cross over and inform Zoe that she and Villy need to travel a million miles through Mappyworld to help prevent an alien invasion on Earth. With Villy's younger brother in tow, they embark on a dangerous road trip across surreal realms of this foreign dimension. As the group picks up strange alien passengers along the way, they learn more about the war developing between vampiric flying saucers and all other conscious life forms that threatens to spill over onto Earth. Zoe also slowly begins to realize that her "crackpot" father didn't just disappear after her parents' divorce; he's been living in Mappyworld with her half-sister, Maisie, orchestrating Earth's salvation. Rucker's book is a fast-paced, absurd, and entertaining road trip through a fever dream—and that's a good thing. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

While on a road trip, three California teens find themselves transported to a parallel universe called Mappyworld, where they must journey across treacherous alien landscape to stop predatory flying saucers from invading Earth.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

One of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog's Best of May 2019!One of The Verge’s 10 New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Check Out in May!In his first new novel since 2013, cyberpunk pioneer Rudy Rucker offers his own smart, hilarious, and uniquely gnarly science fiction version of the classic road-trip story.When a seemingly-innocent trumpet solo somehow opens a transdimensional connection to Mappyworld, a parallel universe containing a single, endless plain divided by ridges into basin-like worlds, three California teens find themselves taken on a million mile road trip across a landscape of alien civilizations in a beat-up, purple 80s wagon . . . with a dark-energy motor, graphene tires and quantum shocks, of course. Their goal? To stop carnivorous flying saucers from invading Earth. And, just maybe, to find love along the way.Million Mile Road Trip is a phantasmagoric roller-coaster ride—mind warpingly smart and wildly funny, with a warmly beating heart.Night Shade Books’ ten-volume series with Rudy Rucker collects nine of the brilliantly weird novels for which the mathematician-turned-author is known, as well as a tenth, never-before-published book, Million Mile Road Trip. We’re proud to collect in one place so much of the work of this influential figure in the early cyberpunk scene, and to share Rucker’s fascinating, unique worldview with an entirely new generation of readers.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In his first new novel since 2013, cyberpunk pioneer Rudy Rucker offers his own smart, hilarious, and uniquely gnarly science fiction version of the classic road-trip story.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

One of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog's Best of May 2019!One of The Verge's 10 New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Check Out in May!In his first new novel since 2013, cyberpunk pioneer Rudy Rucker offers his own smart, hilarious, and uniquely gnarly science fiction version of the classic road-trip story.When a seemingly-innocent trumpet solo somehow opens a transdimensional connection to Mappyworld, a parallel universe containing a single, endless plain divided by ridges into basin-like worlds, three California teens find themselves taken on a million mile road trip across a landscape of alien civilizations in a beat-up, purple 80s wagon . . . with a dark-energy motor, graphene tires and quantum shocks, of course. Their goal? To stop carnivorous flying saucers from invading Earth. And, just maybe, to find love along the way.Million Mile Road Trip is a phantasmagoric roller-coaster ride'mind warpingly smart and wildly funny, with a warmly beating heart.Night Shade Books' ten-volume series with Rudy Rucker collects nine of the brilliantly weird novels for which the mathematician-turned-author is known, as well as a tenth, never-before-published book, Million Mile Road Trip. We're proud to collect in one place so much of the work of this influential figure in the early cyberpunk scene, and to share Rucker's fascinating, unique worldview with an entirely new generation of readers.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

One of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog's Best of May 2019!One of The Verge’s 10 New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Check Out in May!In his first new novel since 2013, cyberpunk pioneer Rudy Rucker offers his own smart, hilarious, and uniquely gnarly science fiction version of the classic road-trip story.When a seemingly-innocent trumpet solo somehow opens a transdimensional connection to Mappyworld, a parallel universe containing a single, endless plain divided by ridges into basin-like worlds, three California teens find themselves taken on a million mile road trip across a landscape of alien civilizations in a beat-up, purple 80s wagon . . . with a dark-energy motor, graphene tires and quantum shocks, of course. Their goal? To stop carnivorous flying saucers from invading Earth. And, just maybe, to find love along the way.Million Mile Road Trip is a phantasmagoric roller-coaster ride—mind warpingly smart and wildly funny, with a warmly beating heart.Night Shade Books’ ten-volume series with Rudy Rucker collects nine of the brilliantly weird novels for which the mathematician-turned-author is known, as well as a tenth, never-before-published book, Million Mile Road Trip. We’re proud to collect in one place so much of the work of this influential figure in the early cyberpunk scene, and to share Rucker’s fascinating, unique worldview with an entirely new generation of readers.