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Clans of the Alphane Moon Paperback – April 16, 2013
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PHILIP K. DICK (1928 1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered 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."
About the Author
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. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
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I dont want to give it away, it is a tasty mix of Freudian philosophy, Darwinian evolution and Poly Sci, and is a fun and fast read. Paid by title and not by page, PKD makes quick work of this world, and leaves you wanting more. Luckily he wrote plenty.
(And the 4 stars is only in relationship to other s/f, not in relationship to the whole universe of books. Don't much care for "Valis;" my personal favorites are "The 3 stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" & the glorious "Ubik.")
However, the central protagonist here spends a lot of time thinking about how to kill his wife. It's an unbalanced choice. It's hard to rise above or past. It keeps the book from working on the level of Dick's best work, I think.
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But the plot is terrible with very poor characters, unlikely behaviours and a twisted, storyline that doesn t make sense and doesn t add anything to the core idea...