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The Simulacra (S.F. MASTERWORKS) [Kindle Edition]

Philip K. Dick
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Book Description

A few years from now the President of the USA will be an android and his entire government a fraud. Everyone in the country is maladjusted. Doesn't seem possible, does it? Welcome to the world of Dr. Superb, the sole remaining psychotherapist.

Philip K. Dick tells a story of desperate love, lethal body odour and an attempted fascistic takeover of the USA and shows that there is always another layer of conspiracy beneath the one we see.

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A prescient tale of political satire set in a near future America by a master of the genre.

About the Author

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1076 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway; New Ed edition (18 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HV0TQ4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book by a great author. 5 Mar. 2006
The Simulacra is a good novel that goes quite well with The Penultimate Truth. It has all the hallmarks of a PKD book; a middle-aged loser everyman as its main protagonist; rampant paranoia; and layers of truth that are gradually unfolded. I enjoyed this book because it depicts a totalitarian future threatened by neo-Nazis told through the eyes of each character. We never get bogged down with the politics too much but rather we see the implications such changes have upon the people.
This now completes the Masterworks’ current run of Philip K. Dick and am proud that I have read them all (11, I think). I will say that the blurb on many of these books is true: he was the most consistently brilliant SF writer about. He had his masterpieces but it’s his average books that elevate him to greatness and I can only think of Robert Silverberg as a rival of both quality and quantity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Book -- Poor editing 12 Oct. 2012
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First of all, the story is fantastic and the book itself is brilliant, but the editing for this Kindle version is poor.

I'm not sure how you go about converting a book to Kindle, and I don't think the publishers were either. There are a lot of mistakes. Words merge together, the punctuation is all over the place and the paragraphs look like they've been hacked and thrown onto the page. It makes for a difficult and sometimes frustrating read.

Good story, but probably better editions out there.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vivid scary vision 22 Aug. 2002
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Philip Dick close to the peak of his visionary talent though this sometimes makes it difficult to follow exactly what is happening to the characters. But the description of a world where the stability of the society rests on the need to brainwash the population is vivid and chilling. And the geniality and weakness of Kongrosian, the great telepathic pianist is also very poetic. The book is full of Dick's invention, with the overlapping of time a striking feature, whilst his obsession with WW2 and the nazi also reappears with the bringing of Goering. Definitely a book to read for someone who already likes Dick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great novel, bad edition 30 Jan. 2012
By Stevoid
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I am half-way through reading what is already turning out to be classic Philip K Dick fare. However, the edge has been taken off my enjoyment of the book by the numerous typos and errors. I can accept one or two mistakes but there are literally several on each and every page, either misspellings or using what is obviously the wrong word. There is often a lack of puncuation with fullstops and speech marks missing, or alternatively full stops appearing in the middle of sentances. In summary, I would recommend the book but perhaps look elsewhere for it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Earthbound Again... 31 Aug. 2006
The Simulacra is not one of Dicks very best science fiction novels, it is not on a par with, say, "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldricht", or "A Scanner Darkly". It is however very very good and bares many of the marks of classic Dick. Like "Do Android Dream..." it features a band of semi-pathetic characters who deep down want to leave Earth like everyone else and start a new life on a Martian colony but for whatever reason they can't seem to do it. Most of these characters are under the care of Dr. Egon Superb (as usual Dick's characters have the best names in fiction) who is the last psychologist on Earth, who serves as a device to link together the various different plot strands. Like many good Dick books, the first couple of chapters can be a little dizzying as you get acclimatised to the world and characters he is writing about. This deals very much with the shifting nature of reality, what is real, what isn't real and does it even really matter? For example one of the main characters Richard Kongrosian is the worlds most famous classical concert pianist but he never physicaly touches the keyboard, he projects the music into the audiences mind. The great thing about the book really isn't the plot or themes but the qreat quality of the writing. He wrote quickly often with the aid of prescribed anphetamines and it really shows. His sentences and paragraphs have a real verve, momentum, and plain weirdness unlike anyone (with the exception maybe of Hunter S. Thompson). This does seem to mean that his novels don't end so much as crash, often unravelling spectacularly but sometimes a little unsatisfactorily. In summing up I'd say this is definately a book you should get round to reading but if you are new to Dick (hee hee hee) then I'd recommend starting with A Scanner Darkly. Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible editing of Kindle edition 30 Aug. 2011
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This is a message to the publishers not just of this book but of several other Kindle editions:

If you are going to charge us for Kindle editions then at least have the courtesy to employ someone to read the Kindle book at least once to remove all of the stupid and obvious typos and misprints and absurd "predictive text" type substitutions of the wrong word that are generated by the (apparently) automatic scanning of the print edition into the electronic Kindle edition.
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