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Now Wait For Last Year (S.F. Masterworks) Paperback – December 4, 2000
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SALES POINTS * #36 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written. * '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 * ?My literary hero? -- Fay Weldon * 'For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first' -- Terry Gilliam
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The plot is so convoluted, in a good way, that it's next to impossible for me to try and attempt a plot summary, but the basic gist is this: There's an interstellar war going on between Earth, along with their allies, the humanoid "Starmen," and the bug-like Reegs. The elected leader of Earth, Gino Molinari seems to have a psychosomatic illness that leaves him at various times on the verge of death. Dr. Eric Sweetscent, a surgeon and main protagonist of the story, is signed on to be Molinari's new 24/7 doctor. Meanwhile, Sweetscent's wife is addicted to a new drug called JJ-180, a massively addictive hallucinogen that appears to send the user back and forth through time uncontrollably.
Got that? I didn't think so. But how these things are all tied together is an accomplishment only Dick would even attempt, let alone perfect as he does here. This is a perfect example of Dick's genius, and an under-appreciated classic that deserves more attention than it gets. This is definitely one of his most "far-out" novels, and it's sure to leave you slack-jawed and in awe for days after you've finished.
In the same sense that Kurt Vonnegut asked "what's the meaning of life?" in SIRENS OF TITAN (and being the crusader he was, answered it!) PKD's many novels and short stories hold not only the questions, encouraging us all to take the time to philosophize, but between the lines, he's answered it. From DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? to NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR.
NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR is another brilliant novel by the West coast thinker. Dr. Sweetscent is on the edge of hysteria. From problems with his wife, to confusion from the new designer drug that's toxically addictive, and revealing strange timelines to its users - the main characters are dealing with stressful laws, nullified constitutional rights, complex Terran leaders, and all during an interplanetary war....and talking taxicabs. Of course, there's talking taxicabs.
Phil wrote these very intense situations, so that we might be better prepared when the moment comes for us all to question "what is real?" - "What does it mean to be a human?" If I had to give my interpretation: it's empathy. But, I'd still encourage you to read his works and both ask and the attempt to answer the questions as well !
This certainly belongs among his best and is a must read for a Philip K. Dick fan.
I am reading all the PDK novels, one a month. I am 10 months in to this three year trek. It seems, after 10 books, that PKD has an adjustment period. In the first few books I read he annoyed me. Now I'm into a groove.
One note, it's interesting to see the concepts in this book played out in the longer and different works by other writers like Orson Scott Card. There's more than a smidgeon of this in the Ender series.
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