Million Mile Road Trip by Rudy Rucker

I will avoid spoilers here and request that any comments remain spoiler free as well.

Imagine Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy involving a car instead of a space ship.

Now imagine that car driving across a parallel universe that is flat with valleys of lands instead of a sequence of globes hung in space.

Now imagine the characters and their encounters have more in common with cyberpunk attitudes and sensibilities than space opera.

If you’ve got all that in mind, then you’ve got a pretty good mental image of what you’ll find in Rudy Rucker‘s novel Million Mile Road Trip.

Now add a giant bagpipe the size of a mountain as the big bad, a Mayan pyramid as the ancient advisor, and three teens (18, 18, and 16) as the heroes. This is one road trip you don’t want to miss.

To be honest, I’d never heard of Rudy Rucker prior to picking up this book in my local library. The cover offered praises from William Gibson and promised a humorous scifi adventure. Once I’d finished the novel and read the afterward, I discovered that Rucker was influenced and mentored by Robert Sheckley, a personnal favorite scifi author I’ve mentioned in a previous post and one of the true kings of comedic scifi.

I really enjoyed this one and recommend it to all fans of scifi, humor, comedic scifi, and anyone else looking for a different spin on so old scifi themes.

I again request that any comments remain spoiler free.

3 thoughts on “Million Mile Road Trip by Rudy Rucker

    1. Definitely try this one out. I was skeptical at first but with Gibson’s plug, I thought it was worth the risk. Finding out his connection to Sheckley was a huge bonus afterwards, but the Sheckley influence is definitely there throughout the tale.

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