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Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas

    Richard Nixon never left office, the US won in Vietnam but became a police state in the process.

Review of Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas:

This book combines elements of homage and pastiche of Philip K. Dick with an original alternate history novel. The novel itself is set in a fascistic America dominated by Richard Nixon, now in his fourth term - the country won the Vietnam War, and has a permanently manned moonbase, but at what cost?

Like Dick's novel, The Man in the High Castle, this book combines alternate history with fantastic elements and questions about the nature of reality. Another similarity is that most of the story is about ordinary people getting on with their lives in this alternate world, rather than about Presidents, admirals and generals, which of course makes the story both more convincing, and adds to wierd feeling when strange events begin to occur (as is probably inevitable in any homage to Philip K. Dick!).

Philip K. Dick is one of the most admired of science fiction authors, and he has some quite devoted fans, some of whom would probably argue that this novel could never match up to Dick's standards (no matter how good this book was). I think that attitude's a little unfair - the book is reminiscent of Philip K. Dick - but it doesn't seem intended to be a copy either, so it stands or falls on its own merits. The writing is decent, the plot is intriguing, and I would argue that this book is a lot more accessible to non-fans than some of Philip K. Dick's work. I would however say that I found the first half of the book more enjoyable than the second half, and I did struggle to finish it - but overall, I'd still give it a thumbs up. Why not read the book yourself, and make your own mind up?


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