Mankind has been decimated and rolled back to 19th century’s ways of life by a hydrogen bomb war.
Sparse and derelict communities try to rebuild a minimum of normalcy: the main bond unifying mankind are the witty and nostalgic broadcasts of a widowed astronaut, trapped in a satellite which should have take him and his wife to Mars, but then was stuck in orbit.
But this is just a traditional sci-fi backdrop: then Dickian warped vision kicks in. The war, and a dangerous nuclear experiment in the high atmosphere, were probably started by the mental powers of Dr.Bluthgeld (Bloodmoney)? or are these just his paranoid delusions?
Has a phocomelus, victim of the experiments’ radiation, really the power to see beyond the grave? Or is it the future? Or just more delusions? Though he can certainly repair electronic devices by his mental powers.
And what is really the imaginary twin brother of little Edie, conceived by her randy mother in the panicky aftermath of the war?
In the end, these three entities will strive for world dominance, or destruction: mankind will only be able to watch for the outcome, reminded of its own frailty.
Era una fatica leggerlo. Salti temporali, personaggi poco interessanti, mi sforzavo di andare avanti, ma verso la metà mi sono proprio stufato. Ho comprato un sacco di ebook di Dick quasi "sulla fiducia" senza leggere recensioni (perché altri suoi libri mi erano piaciuti) ma ho sbagliato....Continua
A masterpiece in Philip K Dick's massive amount of novels. A scenary often used by PKD (post-atomic world) is a set for great characters, divided among evil (aka power) or good (aka hope). Surely one of the best PKD novels