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Counter-Clock World by Philip K Dick
  

Counter-Clock World

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A very interesting premise of the dead being reborn, “growing” in to childhood and returning to the womb. This throws up so many questions of a religious and theological nature as the main story revolves around the rebirth of a major religious figure. One of Dick’s shorter novels, this is a brilliant example of his strangeness but also how he questions the role of government, religion and life itself.

If you like Philip K Dick you might also like to read books by Jeff VanderMeer, Chris Beckett and Stephen Baxter.

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Counter-Clock World by Philip K Dick

Time runs backwards in the Counter-Clock World. Old people emerge from their graves, grow to middle age, youth, adolescence and childhood to be finally unborn in their mothers' wombs. The most powerful - and most feared - organization in the world is the Library, in charge of expunging the written records of events which have no longer happened. When a powerful black leader is reborn, the Library's one concern is to eliminate him before the renewal of racial violence tears the country apart. But in this counter-clock year of 1998 it isn't that simple.

This eerie and unforgettable premise encapsulates Philip K. Dick's ambitious and inimitable approach to fiction writing. The attempts of his characters to cope with the bizarre reality of a world that runs backwards while their minds run forwards, like ours, operate as a stunning critique of the way we perceive our own civilization.

Reviews

'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction'Sunday Times

'Dick quietly produced serious fiction in a popular form and there can be no greater praise'
Michael Moorcock



'No other writer of his generation had such a powerful intellectual presence. He has stamped himself not only on our memories but in our imaginations'
Brian W. Aldiss



'The most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world'
John Brunner

About the Author

Philip K Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. His edgy, dark future visions are even more relevant now. His novels have inspired many other writers and been used as the basis for films such as the classic Blade Runner the blockbuster Minority Report and the indie 'cartoon' A Scanner Darkly.

Since his untimely death at age 53, there has been an extraordinary growth of interest in his writings, which during his lifetime were largely ignored by serious mainstream critics and readers. Such is no longer the case, and the novels of Philip K. Dick frequently appear on university curricula devoted to modern American literature.

From age fifteen to his early twenties, Dick was employed in two Berkeley shops, University Radio and Art Music, owned by Herb Hollis, a salt-of-the-earth American small businessman who became a kind of father-figure for Dick and served as an inspiration for a number of his later fictional characters, most notably Leo Bulero in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.
In the early 1950s, with the helpful mentorship of SF editor and Berkeley resident Anthony Boucher, Dick began to publish stories in the SF pulps of the era at an astonishing rate - seven of his stories appeared in June 1953 alone. He soon gave up his employment in the Hollis shops to pursue the economically insecure career of an SF writer.

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Publication date

15th April 2002

Author

Philip K Dick

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
236 pages

Categories

Science Fiction

Science fiction

ISBN

9780007127702

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