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The Penultimate Truth  
The Penultimate Truth
By Philip K. Dick

Originally published in 1964
Trade paperback published by Vintage

  Plot Summary:
What if you discovered that everything you knew about the world was a lie? That’s the question at the heart of Philip K. Dick’s futuristic novel about political oppression, the show business of politics and the sinister potential of the military industrial complex.

This wry, paranoid thriller imagines a future in which the earth has been ravaged, and cities are burnt-out wastelands too dangerous for human life. Americans have been shipped underground, where they toil in crowded industrial ant hills and receive a steady diet of inspiring speeches from a President who never seems to age. Nick St. James, like the rest of the masses, believed in the words of his leaders. But that all changes when he travels to the surface—where what he finds is more shocking than anything he could possibly imagine.

Winner of both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utlizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.
  Reviews
"Once again Dick gives us a wonderfully twisted story of deceit, convoluted reality, and paranoia. The characters are his usual blend of waywards and slime buckets. Combine all this with his downhill racer style of all or nothing writing and you get a darn fine read." Read more...
    Review by R.F. Briggs, Under the Covers (Book Review Site), 10/25/98.


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