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Counterfeit Unrealities by Philip K. Dick (Hardbound)
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Counterfeit Unrealities by Philip K. Dick (Hardbound)

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Mood organs. Scramble suits. Poison tongue darts. Philip K. Dick may have invented more wildly imaginative creations per novel than any of his peers. An eccentric whose mind danced on the blurry edge between illusion and reality, madness and metaphysics, he produced a body of work that no sci-fi reader should ignore. Laced w/ humor, compassion, irony and paranoia, the four novels in Counterfeit Unrealities are among his best work.


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Format: Hardbound

Condition: vg- condition, minor shelf wear

Pages: 724pp, 2002 SFBC edition

Status: Out-of-Print and hard-to-find

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch: in a not-too-distant future, when draftees from a sweltering Earth huddle miserably in Martian colonies, the only thing that makes life bearable is a recreational drug called Can-D. Illegal on Earth but tolereated in the colonites, Can-D "translates" users into the bodies of Barbie-like dolls, allowing them to play out their fantasies in irreal Earth "layouts" now there's competition: Chew-Z, a substance marketed under the slogan, "God promises eternal life. We can deliver it." renegade industrialist Palmer Eldritch is behind the scheme.. but who- or what is behind Eldritch?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner) By 2021, the world war has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. To promote its emigration program, the government promises each Martian colonist an android so sophisticated it's impossible to tell it from a real person. Some "andys"- superior in intelligence to their owners but devoid of human empathy- escape to Earth and attempt to blend in. It's Rick Deckard's job to find these rogues and "retire" them. but when cornered, androids tend to fight back, with deadly results...

Ubik: Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else? Someone died in an explosion orchestrated by Runciter's business competitors. And indeed, its Runciter whose funeral is scheduled in Des Moines. His mourning employees, accompanying his body to the cold-pac bins for storage are receiving bewildering and sometimes scatological messages from their departed boss. In the meantime, the world around them is warping in ways that suggst their own time is running out. Runciter promises help in the form of Ubik - an aerosol elixir used for everything from salad dressing to kitchen cleanser. IF it can be found...

A Scanner Darkly: a searing, industrial-strength novel of junkies, scam artists and the walking brain-dead: Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug called Substance D. Fred is the undercover narcotics agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, he has taken on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D- w/c Arctor takes in mammoth doses- gradually splits the user's brain into 2 distinct, combative personalities, Fred doesn't realize that he is stalking himself.