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Written in the late 1950s and early 1960s, these titles follow Dick's familiar theme that things and people are not quite what and who they seem, basically challenging reality. Though dead for 20 years now, Dick still is hugely popular among sf readers and Blade Runner nuts, so pop for these. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“[A] brilliant, idiosyncratic, formidably intelligent writer. . . . Dick illuminates. He casts light. He gives off a radiance.” --The Washington Post
“Philip K. Dick’s best books always describe a future that is both entirely recognizable and utterly unimaginable.” --The New York Times Book Review
I have been aware of the work of Philip K. Dick for a very long time; I can recall seeing the Ace Double with _Dr. Futurity_ on one side on the racks when it was new. The same is true with _Dr. Bloodmoney_. I think I made my first attempt at reading a Dick novel when I was in junior high school, and over the ensuing 40 years or so have periodically made more attempts at enjoying the work of Dick, with infrequent success.
Now it is as though I have discovered a new writer, and in some ways it's like being in elementary school and discovering Heinlein, van Vogt, Poul Anderson etc. again. In the case of this particular book, it is indeed new to me, as I never tried _Dr. Bloodmoney_ before.
This book starts out just like a mainstream novel, and slips into the stfnal mode gradually, by stages. At the beginning, it's just a normal day at a TV store in Berkeley, CA. But after a bit, things start to get a little strange, when it is revealed that the phocomelus is not only telekinetic, but also can see the future, if he drinks a bottle of beer. By the end of the book things have gotten stranger than you're likely to expect, which is part of what I love about this book. Another part is that the characters are still very believable, even when they are doing convincing telepathic impersonations of the dead, or the like.
Dick's strengths are not the strengths of most science fiction writers. His science tends to be weak, while he excels in plotting and characterization. His strongest point is his ability to juxtapose extremely weird ideas with convincing characters and plotlines. It all actually makes sense, at least if the reader has mental flexibility.
If you're a fan of Dick, I think you would like this book very much.Read more ›
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Saying a Philip K. Dick book is weird is like saying the sun will come up in the morning. But this book was weird. And great. But also weird.
A post-apocalypse story featuring telekenetic, armless, legless freaks, a man who can (or thinks he can, or can, or thinks he can) bring about nuclear war through sheer force of will, and a huge cast of characters trying to go on with their lives after nuclear war -- that's Dr. Bloodmoney. At times it feels rather plotless and aimless, full of ideas with no clear purpose, yet it somehow manages to rise above its haphazard nature and become an excellent book thanks to the richness of the cast and the interesting setting.
While there is a lot of grappling with who and what people really are, the prevailing theme here is one of prejudice, something slightly different (but not entirely alien) from Dick's usual fare. He handles the subject matter well. Lots of strange characters, unusual events, and all the stuff you expect from PKD. Dr. Bloodmoney very quietly, without the reader realizing it, becomes a very strong character study with one of PKD's largest casts.
This one is very good, only a small step away from his best work.
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The first image in this novel is that of a black man named Stuart McConchie sweeping the sidewalk in front of a Berkeley TV shop, eyeing the pretty girls on their way to work and indulging in some contempt for the approaching patients of the psychiatrist across the street. In any ordinary novel, that image would tell you that the book is going to be about that black man and those patients. In PKD, the image tells you that the book will be about prejudice. The average author, to tackle that theme, would provide us with a group of unprejudiced characters battling a group of prejudiced ones and make it very clear which are the good guys and which the bad guys. PKD was always a little too smart for that. Just about every character in "Dr. Bloodmoney" is suspicious of pretty nearly every other character he or she meets at one time or another. That includes several characters who have good reason to be suspicious - Bruno Bluthgeld, for instance, the Dr. Bloodmoney of the title, who believes himself personally responsible for the nuclear exchange that brings the world to its knees. Hoppy Harrington, too, has good reason for his suspicions - he's a telekinetic biological sport with no arms or legs at a time when atomic radiation has produced talking dogs and musical rats, so everyone's been looking at him funny his whole life; he's not just imagining things. However, the culture of suspicion even affects little Edie Keller and the undeveloped but quite powerful twin brother in her body. The culture of suspicion gets to Edie's father, George, who thinks his wife is cheating on him (he's right). It affects everyone, even the best of men and women. About the only character with no prejudice to speak of in "Dr.Read more ›
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Can the world recover from a massive nuclear war or is the human race doomed to die out. The United States of America had set of tons of nuclear warheads on itself which had sparked nuclear warfare, but a lot of people in the word had escaped immediate death. Before the nuclear war started or E-day the U. S. was attempting to start a civilization on Mars. The space shuttle sent up with the Dangerfield couple never made it out of orbit. Mr. Dangerfield had watched the explosions from the spaceship and still had communication with certain places afterward. The people on Earth now relied on him to give them the news of what was going on around the world and entertain them. The only problem was Mr. Dangerfield was getting sick and once he died all communications left on the world would be gone and all entertainment too. Hoppy Harrington is a phoce, person born without arms and legs, which had survived E-day. He was very smart and had some telekinetic powers and stuff. Hoppy, although nobody knew it but him, was the one that was making Dangerfield sick. Hoppy had the technology to reach all the transmitters Dangerfield could and even imitate his voice. He had decided once Dangerfield died he would take over and none could tell the difference. Unfortunately for Hoppy there was a little girl that did know his plan and with abnormal baby lodged in her stomach she killed Hoppy and Dangerfield got better. Dr. Bloodmoney by Philip K. Dick was a creative, disgusting in the way that makes you keep reading, and revealing book that tells you some possible results from nuclear warfare.
This book was creative and weird the whole way through. When after E-day they where talking about animals one could talk and one could play the flute.Read more ›