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The Simulacra Paperback – October 18, 2011
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Over a career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (19281982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels, establishing himself as one of the most visionary authors of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly.
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Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928–1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned to deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly, as well as television's The Man in the High Castle. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, including the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and between 2007 and 2009, the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Reissue edition (October 18, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0547572506
- ISBN-13 : 978-0547572505
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #457,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On a ravaged laden Earth we are introduced to several main characters, all of them lonely, depressed, a little whacky, yet mostly wanting nothing more than to leave Earth and live on Mars.
Richard Kongrosian is a middle aged musician with telekinetic powers, who is able to play the keyboard like a God, with his mind only. Yet he only wants nothing more than to be left along.
Nat Flieger is a music recorder who intends to record Kongrosion, yet the old man is gone, missing, and a journey through a wasteland of rotted life and mutation, can he learn the truth?
Believe me, there are many more characters, all with significant problems, some sick, delusional, even a time traveler gets involved. Dicks character development was really on point here. You could really get into some of these peoples lives and problems. The backdrop, set in an post apocalyptic setting as well as a police state really intensified the story.
The story? Well, that's up to you. For me, this is a book about people who want out from under, to escape and be free...somewhere else, somewhere different.
Its the journey with these characters that makes for an exciting read. The story for me was mundane and I didn't really care, I just wanted to know where these people would wind up in the end.
It will surely, spin your mind.
Simulacra is one of those books you can read many times and every time explore a new avenue. Dick is one of the rare authors whose works are so complicated, so many tangents, yet always a good story. Science Fiction for the thinking person.
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"How are you going to work an event like that into your Weltanschauung?"
Some of his perennial themes present here:
⏺ Bogus Leaders [Androids/Holograms/Simulacra]
⏺ Synthetic vs real
⏺ Deep State [Corporations]
⏺ Manipulation of the masses
⏺ All-pervading drone ads [no doubt another other bit of the future he "knew" about in 1960]
⏺ Neanderthal throwbacks [also in The Man Whose Teeth...]
Dick on fire.
-- from the back cover
Written in 1963 and published in 1964, The Simulacra (Dick's twelfth published novel) explores a number of themes Dick had an abiding interest in, totalitarian police states, paranoia, psychic abilities, false realities, conspiracy etc..
As with all PKD's works this novel makes you marvel at his imagination but also (if you are of a philosophical turn of mind) brings you to question and consider the themes he raises for yourself.
"[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities. . . that other authors shy away from."
--Paul Williams, Rolling Stone
"The most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world"
"Dick quietly produced serious fiction in a popular form and there can be no greater praise"
"One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Philip K. Dick made most of the European avant-guarde seem navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac"
If you are new to Philip K Dick's work I would also recommend the following novels (which generally seem to be regarded as among his best):
The Man In The High Castle (S.F. Masterworks)
Ubik (S.F. Masterworks)
A Scanner Darkly (S.F. Masterworks)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. Masterworks)
That said, though some of PKD's works are better than others, to my mind they are all well worth reading. I would also recommend his short story collections:
Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One Of The Collected Short Stories
Second Variety: Volume Two Of The Collected Short Stories
The Father-Thing: Volume Three Of The Collected Short Stories
Minority Report: Volume Four Of The Collected Short Stories
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Volume Five of The Collected Short Stories
Also of interest may be the fine biography of Philip K Dick by Lawrence Sutin Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick (Gollancz S.F.)
I'm not sure how you go about converting a book to Kindle, and I don't think the publishers were either. There are a lot of mistakes. Words merge together, the punctuation is all over the place and the paragraphs look like they've been hacked and thrown onto the page. It makes for a difficult and sometimes frustrating read.
Good story, but probably better editions out there.