A Maze of Death

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Fourteen strangers came to Delmak-O. Thirteen of them were transferred by the usual authorities. One got there by praying. But once they arrived on that planet whose very atmosphere seemed to induce paranoia and psychosis, the newcomers found that even prayer was useless. For on Delmak-O, God is either absent or intent on destroying His creations.


A Scanner Darkly

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British Science Fiction Award (1978) Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D—which Arctor takes in massive doses—gradually splits the user’s brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn’t realize he is narcing on himself.




Confessions of a Crap Artist

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Confessions of a Crap Artist is one of Philip K. Dick’s weirdest and most accomplished novels. Jack Isidore is a crap artist—a collector of crackpot ideas (among other things, he believes that the earth is hallow and that sunlight has weight) and worthless objects, a man so grossly unequipped for real life that his sister and brother-in-law feel compelled to rescue him from it. But seen through Jack’s murderously innocent gaze, Charlie and Juddy Hume prove to be just as sealed off from reality, in thrall to obsessions that are slightly more acceptable than Jack’s, but a great deal uglier.


Coulez mes larmes, dit le policier

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Jason Taverner est un homme comblé : toutes les semaines, 30 millions de Fans regardent son show télévisé. Mais il se réveille un matin dans une chambre d'hôtel sordide pour s'apercevoir que son identité s'est évanouie sans laisser de trace : même sa maîtresse, la belle Heather Hart, ne se souvient plus de lui. Une situation pour le moins inconfortable, dans un Etat ultra-policier où tout défaut de papiers d'identité suffit à vous faire expédier dans un camp de travail… Seulement voilà : ce n'est pas un homme comme les autres. Produit d'une expérience secrète, Taverner est un six, un mutant aux nerfs d'acier qui mènera une lutte sans merci, sous les yeux d'un pol sentimental, contre la folie où vient de basculer le monde…



Człowiek z wysokiego zamku

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Jedna z najwybitniejszych powieści amerykańskiej fantastyki naukowej. Autor sugestywnie przedstawia inny wariant historii: państwa osi wygrały II wojnę światową, w podzielonej Ameryce ścierają się wpływy japońskie i niemieckie, a wielką poczytnością cieszy się zakazana powieść fantastyczna, w której Niemcy i Japonia wojnę przegrały. Nagroda Hugo 1963.


Deus Irae

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In the years following World War III, a new and powerful faith has arisen from a scorched and poisoned Earth, a faith that embraces the architect of world wide devastation. The Servants of Wrath have deified Carlton Lufteufel and re-christened him the Deus Irae. In the small community of Charlottesville, Utah, Tibor McMasters, born without arms or legs, has, through an array of prostheses, established a far-reaching reputation as an inspired painter. When the new church commissions a grand mural depicting the Deus Irae, it falls upon Tibor to make a treacherous journey to find the man, to find the god, and capture his terrible visage for posterity.



Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along after the Bomb

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“Dr. Bloodmoney” is a post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece filled with a host of Dick’s most memorable characters: Hoppy Harrington, a deformed mutant with telekinetic powers; Walt Dangerfield, a selfless disc jockey stranded in a satellite circling the globe; Dr. Bluthgeld, the megalomaniac physicist largely responsible for the decimated state of the world; and Stuart McConchie and Bonnie Keller, two unremarkable people bent the survival of goodness in a world devastated by evil. Epic and alluring, this brilliant novel is a mesmerizing depiction of Dick’s undying hope in humanity.


El hombre en el castillo

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Los caracteres de “El hombre en el castillo” no son sólo producto de la imaginación sino también manifestaciones de un sistema de fuerzas en el que el “I Ching” obra como un nexo análogo a un polo magnético. No obstante rara vez en una obra cualquiera de ficción, y casi nunca en la c-f podrían encontrarse caracteres más hondamente sentidos y más eficazmente retratados… La mejor novela hasta la fecha del escritor de c-f más consistentemente brillante. Ante todo por la verosimilitud con que Dick ha elaborado una ingeniosa estructura básica (unos Estados Unidos derrotados en la segunda guerra mundial y que han sido divididos en tres partes: las costas del Atlántico y del Pacífico respectivamente ocupadas por alemanes y japoneses, y una zona tapón entre dos esferas de influencia); luego por la absoluta originalidad de la presunción básica: “los alemanes ganaron la segunda guerra” aunque el “Libro de los cambios” informa sin embargo que esta amarga derrota…



Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

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On October 11 the television star Jason Taverner is so famous that 30 million viewers eagerly watch his prime-time show. On October 12 Jason Taverner is not a has-been but a never-was—a man who has lost not only his audience but all proof of his existence. And in the claustrophobic betrayal state of “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said”, loss of proof is synonyms with loss of life. Taverner races to solve the riddle of his disappearance, immerses us in a horribly plausible Philip K. Dick United States in which everyone—from a waiflike forger of identity cards to a surgically altered pleasure—informs on everyone else, a world in which omniscient police have something to hide. His bleakly beautiful novel bores into the deepest bedrock self and plants a stick of dynamite at its center.



La svastica sul sole

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In questo romanzo di fantascienza, considerato uno dei più autentici classici della science fiction americana, Philip K. Dick ci descrive il quadro di come potrebbe essere un mondo in cui il nazismo avesse vinto la guerra mondiale. Parlare di nazismo e delle sue colpe potrebbe sembrare un tema troppo importante e doloroso per farne oggetto di un romanzo di fantascienza, ma Dick, nella Svastica sul sole, ci dimostra come invece la fantascienza possa diventare un modo assai efficace per ritrarre sotto un aspetto nuovo la lucida, razionale follia del nazismo e il tumulto di pensieri confusi e malati che porta con sé e trasmette alle persone ad esso asservite: nel mondo descritto da Dick, l’Asse ha vinto la guerra, l’Italia ha preso le briciole, e l’Africa è stata distrutta in un “esperimento”, Giappone e Germania si sono spartiti il mondo, e il credo della superiorità razziale “Ariana” si è talmente compenetrato nelle altre nazioni da togliere loro ogni volontà. Vincitore…


Le maître du Haut Château

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C’est en 1947 qu’avait eu lieu la capitulation des Alliés devant les forces de l’Axe. Cependant que Hitler avait imposé la tyrannie nazie à l’est des États-Unis, l’ouest avait été attribué aux Japonais. Aujourd’hui, quelques années plus tard, la vie avait repris son cours normal dans la zone occupée par les Nippons. Ceux-ci se mon­traient des maîtres fermes mais corrects. Ils avaient apporté avec eux l’usage du Yi-king, le livre des transformations, le célèbre ora­cle chinois dont l’origine se perd dans la nuit des temps. Sa consul­tation permettait de régler toutes les affaires, qu’elles soient com­merciales, politiques ou même sen­timentales. Pourtant, dans cette nouvelle civili­sation, une rumeur étrange cir­culait. Un homme vivant dans un Haut Château, un écrivain de science-fiction, avait écrit un ou­vrage qui racontait la victoire des Alliés en 1945…



Martian Time-Slip

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Warning: Although this the action of this book is set on Mars, it could just as easily have taken place in one of the desert communities around Los Angeles. The real action takes place inside the minds of the characters. If you're looking for all the external trappings of interplanetary Sci-Fi, you will be deeply disappointed. Approach it with an open mind, and you will be richly rewarded. What happens when one of the most powerful men on the planet Mars finds that real-estate speculators are intent on gobbling up the remote and seemingly worthless Franklin D Roosevelt mountains? Naturally he wants to find out why. A casual conversation with a psychologist followed by a chance encounter with a master repairman leads to one of those Dickian leaps: Since (1) autistic children do not respond to others because they are living in the future, (2) just build a machine to slow down time and (3) maybe even use it to go back in time and retroactively post a claim on the land before the speculators…