The Zap Gun

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In this biting satire, the Cold War may have ended, but the eastern and western governments never told their citizens. Instead they created an elaborate ruse, wherein each side comes up with increasingly outlandish doomsday weapons—weapons that don’t work. But when aliens invade, the top designers of both sides have to come together to make a real doomsday device—if they don’t kill each other first.

With its combination of romance, espionage, and alien invasion, The Zap Gun ...

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Overview

In this biting satire, the Cold War may have ended, but the eastern and western governments never told their citizens. Instead they created an elaborate ruse, wherein each side comes up with increasingly outlandish doomsday weapons—weapons that don’t work. But when aliens invade, the top designers of both sides have to come together to make a real doomsday device—if they don’t kill each other first.

With its combination of romance, espionage, and alien invasion, The Zap Gun skewers the military-industrial complex in a way that’s as relevant today as it was at the height of the Cold War.

A brilliant novel of cold-war insanity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547572710
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 470,586
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Erika bio

    Name^ species...?...age 15 looks long blonde hair brown eyes tan skin 5'4 peronality fun funny creative . Status single

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    Gender: Male Species: Imotali Rank: Warrior/Helper Age: Imortaly 15 Description: {Hair: Sandy-Brown color, short. Eyes: Sky-Blue Skin: Tan and muscled Personality: Sometimes flirty around girls, serious in combat, and kind when he's walking around Ragenrog.} (Any questions? Just ask!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    The Cold War was all a Hoax...

    Or was it? This novel that Phil wrote (mainly to pay bills) was one of his 'pot boilers'. Along with 'The Penultimate Truth', it asks the question: What is reality and why don't the US and USSR just finally wipe each other out? Written in a very tongue-in-cheek style (very much like much of Robert Sheckley's works!) it is a fast paced, fun novel -- and answers the question: Exactly what will happen to the comic-book super hero: The Blue Cephloid Man -- in next week's action-packed adventure story?????

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