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Set against this background we have a story of racial tension and religious intolerance told in Philip K Dick's eminent style and subtle intelligence. I must admit it took me a little while to get to grips with this book, when imagining time running backwards I picture everying going in reverse, including conversations and peoples actions - partly due to the fact that the only other novel I have read that features reversal of time being the excellent Red Dwarf novel "Backwards" written by Rob Grant - however I can imagine this would be a very difficult book to write while trying to convey the big ideas that PKD does here.
So here we have some things backwards like "uneating" food and starting a conversation with "Goodbye" however most things still move in a forward direction including the conversations themselves, with the exception that people come to life in their graves and then become younger and younger until they are eventually put back in the womb and merge into their mother's bodies. These "reborn" people intermingle with those still on their first life and getting older which provides an interesting mix.
Once you get used to this idea the sutble and underplayed trope actually works very well, reminding the reader without being right in the face and acts as an effective counter-point to examine our own strange linear existence. As with PKD's usual style science fiction elements are also underplayed and when used are done so matter of factly without any additional information or indeed justification. Category Bestsellers. Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling. Counter-Clock World. Author: Philip K. Binding: Paperback. Pages: Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers.
Sometimes even gods need help. In Galactic Pot-Healer that god is an alien creature known as the Glimmung, which looks alternately like a flaming wheel, a teenage girl, and a swirling mass of ocean life. Joe Fernwright is one of those summoned, needed for his skills at pot-healing - repairing broken ceramics. Is the Glimmung good or evil?
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Following an inexplicable urge, Ted Barton returns to his idyllic Virginia hometown for a vacation, but when he gets there, he is shocked to discover that the town has utterly changed. The stores and houses are all different and he doesn't recognize anybody. The mystery deepens when he checks the town's historical records On an arid Mars, local bigwigs compete with Earth-bound interlopers to buy up land before the Un develops it and its value skyrockets. Martian Union leader Arnie Kott has an ace up his sleeve, though: an autistic boy named Manfred who seems to have the ability to see the future.
In the hopes of gaining an advantage on a Martian real estate deal, powerful people force Manfred to send them into the future, where they can learn about development plans. This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel, the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world.
Jason Taverner - world-famous talk show host and man-about-town - wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is - including the vast databases of the totalitarian government. And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs.
But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person's identity be erased overnight?
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Following a devastating nuclear war, the Moral Reclamation government took over the world and forced its citizens to live by strictly puritanical rules - no premarital sex, drunkenness, or displaying of neon signs - all of which are reinforced through a constant barrage of public messages. The chief purveyor of these messages is Alan Purcell, next in line to become head of the propaganda bureau.
On Mars, the harsh climate could make any colonist turn to drugs to escape a dead-end existence.
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Especially when the drug is Can-D, which transports its users into the idyllic world of a Barbie-esque character named Perky Pat. When the mysterious Palmer Eldritch arrives with a new drug called Chew-Z, he offers a more addictive experience, one that might bring the user closer to God.
But in a world where everyone is tripping, no promises can be taken at face value. What happens after the bombs drop? This is the troubling question Philip K. Dick addresses with Dr. It is the story of a world reeling from the effects of nuclear annihilation and fallout, a world where mutated humans and animals are the norm, and the scattered survivors take comfort from a disc jockey endlessly circling the globe in a broken-down satellite.
Earth is trapped in the crossfire of an unwinnable war between two alien civilizations.
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Its leader is perpetually on the verge of death. And on top of that, a new drug has just entered circulation - a drug that haphazardly sends its users traveling through time. In an attempt to escape his doomed marriage, Dr. Eric Sweetscent becomes caught up in all of it.
But he has questions: Is Earth on the right side of the war? And can he change the harrowing future that the drug has shown him? But when a civilization is found already living there, the people on this side of the crack are sent scrambling to discover their motives. Will these parallel humans come in peace?
Or are they just as corrupt and ill-intentioned as the people of this world? In this lyrical and moving novel, Philip K. Dick intertwines the story of a toxic love affair with one about sentient robots, and unflinchingly views it all through the prism of mental illness - which spares neither human nor robot.
Years ago, Earth and Titan fought a war and Earth lost.