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The Penultimate Truth
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23 years after his death Dick is one of the hottest properties in Hollywood with his stories inspiring Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report amongst others. One of the genre's most influential writers. Part of the landmark Gollancz masterworks series.

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Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick won the Hugo Award for The Man in the High Castle. More than 20 years after his death his influence on SF has never been greater.

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In this audio edition of Dick's futuristic dystopian novel, narrator Nick Podehl demonstrates his impressive range and turns in a compelling performance. The story wastes no time imparting pessimism-with descriptions of an inner "fog of loneliness" to match the low-hanging clouds and landscape of dead trees "in the former city of San Francisco"-before presenting listeners with a post-WWIII United States in which survivors live in underground "ant tanks." Podehl takes his time with such descriptive passages, allowing the author's prose to truly have an impact on listeners. Podehl also deftly imparts a patrician accent to an addictive computer assistant for writers called a "rhetorizor," and employs staccato, machine-like tones for the leadies, robots that did most of the fighting during the war. The narrator is no less skillful with his rendition of the book's lead character, Joseph Adams, using tentativeness to convey the propagandist's inner conflict at purveying lies. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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