The World Jones Made

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Precognition; a world ruled by Relativism; giant alien jellyfish. The World Jones Made is a classic Philip K. Dick mash-up, taking deep philosophical musings and infusing them with wild action.

Floyd Jones has always been able to see exactly one year into his future, a gift and curse that began one year before he was even born. As a fortune-teller at a post-apocalyptic carnival, Jones is a powerful force, and may just be able to force society away from its paralyzing Relativism....

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Overview

Precognition; a world ruled by Relativism; giant alien jellyfish. The World Jones Made is a classic Philip K. Dick mash-up, taking deep philosophical musings and infusing them with wild action.

Floyd Jones has always been able to see exactly one year into his future, a gift and curse that began one year before he was even born. As a fortune-teller at a post-apocalyptic carnival, Jones is a powerful force, and may just be able to force society away from its paralyzing Relativism. If, that is, he can avoid the radioactively unstable government hitman on his tail.

Jones began his career telling fortunes at a mutant carnival. But soon this ungainly messiah will convulse a planet with his brand of fanaticism. For although Jones can see the future, his real power lies in his ability to make people dream again--in a world where dreaming has become illegal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547572659
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 393,527
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered one of the most visionary writers of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly.
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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    Jone's world was ahead of his time.

    The book is still relevant today even though it was written in 1956. I would have liked to have read it back then when the concept of a government based on relativism would have seemed so novel. The portrayal of a relativistic society using a police force to insure that nobody tries to force others to believe what they believe is surreal. This setup is apparently a backlash to wars caused by people following an ideological leader. Dick then tosses in a slew of other SF ideas; precognition, strange alien lifeforms and the settlement of Venus through genetic engineering. But Dick has no trouble tying them altogether for a book that really gets you thinking. The main plot line is the ability of a man to see one year into the future and using this ability to create a group of followers rebelling against the existing relativistic government. Then the aliens add an additional complication to their struggle. Philip k. dick isn't a typical SF writer but if you are a fan, then this is a good example of the PKD style and ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    Takes You There

    I just finished this book last night, and it really has an edge to it that opens up many questions about determinism v.s. free-will, and how big or important we (the human race) are compared to what we consider ourselves to be. The big picture. It shows different people with different purposes, with none being in the right nor the wrong. I don't know how to explain it without giving away the plot, it's just an all-encompassing journey of humans driven to succeed in opposing ways and how they, as a whole, unify to live in the same galaxy. And there's hope at the end for life beyond Earth. That's all I can say! Enjoy.

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