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Now Wait For Last Year (S.F. Masterworks) Paperback – December 4, 2000
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"Dick was... one of the genuine visionaries that American fiction has produced in this century, and his best novels constitute as significant a body of work as that of any writer in this country in the last thirty years."
-- L.A. Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Dr. Eric Sweetscent has problems. His planet is enmeshed in an unwinnable war. His wife is lethally addicted to a drug that whips its users helplessly back and forth across time -- and is hell-bent on making Eric suffer along with her. And Sweetscent's newest patient is not only the most important man on the embattled planet Earth but quite possibly the sickest. For Secretary Gino Molinari has turned his mortal illness into an instrument of political policy -- and Eric cannot tell if his job is to make the Male better or to keep him poised just this side of death.
Now Wait for Last fear bursts through the envelope between the impossible and the inevitable. Even as ushers us into a future that looks uncannily like the present, it makes the normal seem terrifyingly provisional -- and compels anyone who reads it to wonder if he really knows what time it is. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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