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The Simulacra

S.F. Masterworks

By Philip K. Dick

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 09 September 2004
A few years from now the President of the USA will be an android and his entire government a fraud. Everyone in the country is maladjusted. Doesn't seem possible, does it? Welcome to the world of Dr. Superb, the sole remaining psychotherapist. Philip K. Dick tells a story of desperate love, lethal body odour and an attempted fascistic takeover of the USA and shows that there is always another layer of conspiracy beneath the one we see.

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The SF Masterworks series has now sold 600,000 copies. Philip K. Dick is one of the most influential figures of 20th century SF. His stories have been the basis for some of Hollywood's biggest movies: BLADE RUNNER, TOTAL RECALL and MINORITY REPORT. The very best of the SF genre in a uniform edition 'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac' Sunday Times 'Dick has chosen to handle material too nutty to accept, too admonitory to forget, too haunting to abandon' Washington Post

About the Author

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 The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.

EAN: 9780575074606
ISBN: 0575074604
Publisher: Gollancz
Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 1.9 centimetres (0.15 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Apparently, the joke is on PKD. Paid measly amounts for his books during his lifetime, and with books going out of print all the time, he really struggled for his deserved recognition. These days, however, it seems that just about every PKD novel is back in print, including some real stinkers. Now, The Simulacra isn't bad. It's got some good (and strange) ideas in it, and a really pell-mell pacing. But it's not among the best 20 of so PKD novels. This one is for completists only. It's definitely not a 'SF Masterwork' but this edition sure has a nice cover.

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