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Now Wait For Last Year (S.F. MASTERWORKS) [Paperback]

Philip K. Dick
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First, Gino Molinari was assassinated by a political Rival. Then he died of a heart attack. But now he is back, younger and more vigorous than ever, giving Earth new hope of survival in the war against the alien reegs. But is this really Molinari, or a robant masquerading as Earth¿s overlord? Whatever the truth, only he can save the Solar System ¿ if he can stay alive long enough, or at least not stay dead for too long.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (4 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857987012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857987010
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic Philip K Dick idea: the hero who keeps coming back from the dead ¿ if he was ever alive at all.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel galore, and I understood it ! 9 Mar 2001
By A Customer
This is a fabulous novel, easily on a par with Martian Time Slip. Dick seems to have a thing for creating dichotomous realities in all of his novels I have read so far, both time travelling induced as in this book, and drug induced as in 'A Scanner Darkly'. The real genius of his work is that he manages to make it all totally understandable - I had no problem keeping up with the time travelling adventures of the main character, and was literally on the edge of my seat on many occasions because I couldn't wait to see how the various story strands would thread together by the end of the book. It will give anyone who likes the common SF idea of altering the present by changing the past plenty to think about, with a few new twists thrown in for good measure. This is an absolutely brilliant novel, and I would recommend it to anybody as the perfect introduction to Philip K. Dick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SF NOVELS OPUS NINETEEN 5 Feb 2003
This novel has been published in 1966 and belongs to the best books of Philip K. Dick. The themes treated in NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR are not a surprise for those of us who have read the precedent books of the american writer. But, in this book, Philip K. Dick succeeds perfectly in the alchemy of the plot.
An alien invasion that is never happening, a commander in chief of the Earth population who could be a simulacra, a dangerous drug that is altering time and reality, an average character who has to act as an hero in order to save the humanity : all these themes have already been treated by Philip K. Dick. But not with so much empathy - a fundamental word in PKD vocabulary - in the description of the feelings of his characters.
In my opinion, the relation between Eric and Katharine Sweetscent, the doctor and his drug-addicted wife, marks a turning point in the evolution of Dick's literary skills. Hate, Love, Regrets and Empathy hadn't been until then so masterfully painted under Dick's pen.
NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR is one of PKD's books that could let you enter the unique imaginary world of this american writer. Don't hesitate to open the door.
A book for your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoozah! For Dr Phil 6 Sep 2010
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Well I have to admit that I'm a massive Philip K Dick fan, but some of his books(only a few mind),have left me thinking, "That could've have been so much better".This was one of the times where I rejoiced at having found his books in the first place.I don't read much sci-fi, a bit of Ballard, but that's about it, but I have to say that Dick's ideas are superb and this book highlights his imagination perfectly, it's what he's all about.Great characters,good prose and such a fantastic concept. If your'e new to Phil, then this is a good representation of his best moments. Loved it!
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"Now Wait for Last Year" is a great, fast paced read, with similarities to some of his other novels, such as Ubik and Flow My Tears. You will enjoy from start to finish, laughing at the hilarity of some of the passages, feeling melancholy at the sadness of others.

The main character in the novel is Dr Eric Sweetscent, who goes from being the medical assistant to industrialist Virgil Ackerman to helping the enigmatic, insane and continually dying Gino Molinari. Alongside this, you will follow the story of several other characters, but the story mainly revolves around Eric Sweetscent and Molinari, and their progress with the intergalactic war that they are contending with.

Whilst it provides a fast paced, humorous departure from reality, "Now Wait for Last Year" is very well written in Dick's usual style, and deals with a lot of serious issues, most notably that of drug use, as well as focusing on the marital problems the protagonist faces with his wife. In addition to this, there are some hilarious parts of this novel which will literally make you laugh out loud (most being in relation to the amusing Gino Molinari).

The only, very minor criticism I can make is that, whilst being a fantastic read reminiscient of some of Dick's other novels, "Now wait for Last Year" does feel, to an extent, like a mere precursor to Ubik; the style and themes of the novel are very similar. However, both are outstanding reads. Having read Ubik first, it did feel like a repeat experience.

I would fully recommend this to any fan of Philip K Dick. It's well worth reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab! 11 Dec 2000
By "nwc18"
Frast, frantic, twists and turns galore... typical early PKD. This is definately one of his best works: sympathetic, well writen characers, an interesting plot that centers on the question of racism and how we choose who to trust. Not as morbid as his later works, this is a great first PKD read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philip K. Dick at his best 25 April 2000
By A Customer
How should I discribe this book? Its like every book from Philip K. Dick, its about madness, drugs, love, hate and in this book with fighting against the system and, of course, time-travel. If you want intelligent Science-Fiction-Books, then Philip K. Dick- Books are the ones to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now wait for the movie. 12 Jun 2013
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I read a Dutch 2nd hand version of this book first. It is a rush of blood to the head what time travelling concerns. Back and forth into time. One of his best. Highly recommended and i am very curious how the movie will be.
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