Dick’s The Simulacra

The SimulacraThe Simulacra by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not one of Dick’s better books. There are simply too many balls in the air for him to keep control. Some lovely passages and ideas: the return of the neanderthals after nuclear devastation, Loony Luke and his jalopies which will take you on a one-way-trip to mars, the class-riven society, the fact that the president is a simulacra and the first lady an actor who is really in charge. But Dick can’t pull it off. He probably needed to strip out the time-travel element and several of the characters. But he was writing these so quickly, it’s hard to blame him. Still, not a patch on The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik, or his other best work.

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