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From the Back Cover
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.
- Publication Date : October 23, 2012
- File Size : 590 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 242 pages
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Reissue Edition (October 23, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B006R8PLE4
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #268,159 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Everything is out of whack. Something is just not right. Something weird is going on. We’ve all felt like that. Not too often hopefully else seek medical advice. This book is an exploration of that theme. The author is always fascinating and always a bit disturbed. I made the mistake for many years of dismissing him as light weight. No. No way.
I would probably recommend this as one of the top ten PKD novels. I still have a lot more to read, but this one sticks out to me as an easy introduction to PKD. There's not too much woo-woo science fiction in this book, but the way he describes the main characters paranoia and the unbelievability of his situation was nothing short of amazing.
The book is all right. It seemed to be poorly explained, though, at the outset, whereas The Truman Show seemed to have a more coherent explanation. Also the premise of The Truman Show seemed more plausible, whereas to create such a world for this setting seemed just like too much work for what they wanted out of him.
Also, I really like the cover for the paperback book. It is very fitting to the story!
Equal parts Dark City and The Truman Show, this early Philip K. Dick novel touches on all that you expect from a PKD novel - "What is reality?" - and makes a real page-turner out of it. The pace after the lengthy into is blistering, the revelations exciting, and the Truth entirely strange and awesome. Predictable, maybe (I guessed it), but still quite a nice reveal. A real page-turner, this one, with some of Dick's best prose from his early days and a concept that has since been stolen a dozen times over. Never before has an uneventful drive in an 18-wheeler been so thrilling.
Likely considered minor PKDick, and I understand why some might make that argument, but I was really caught im in this scenario. Among his better early novels and an excellent novel for the PKD novice to dip into before trying out his more heady, less accessible later work.
Top reviews from other countries
Realising that people can retreat into their own fantasy reality to protect themselves shows how amazing the human brain is.
Reminded me of the movie the Truman show.
-- from the back cover
Written in 1958 and published in 1959, Time Out of Joint (Dick's sixth published novel) explores a number of themes Dick had an abiding interest in, most specifically the nature of reality and the impact on people when reality as they understand it starts to unravel around them.
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. PKD also creates characters that I at least find believable.
"[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.)