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Time Out of Joint

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"Marvelous, terrifying fun, especially if you’ve ever suspected that the world is an unreal construct built solely to keep you from knowing who you really are. Which it is, of course."—Rolling Stone

Ragle Gumm has a unique job: every day he wins a newspaper contest. And when he isn’t consulting his charts and tables, he enjoys his life in a small town in 1959. At least, that’s what he thinks. But then strange things start happening. He finds a phone book where all the numbers ...

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Overview

"Marvelous, terrifying fun, especially if you’ve ever suspected that the world is an unreal construct built solely to keep you from knowing who you really are. Which it is, of course."—Rolling Stone

Ragle Gumm has a unique job: every day he wins a newspaper contest. And when he isn’t consulting his charts and tables, he enjoys his life in a small town in 1959. At least, that’s what he thinks. But then strange things start happening. He finds a phone book where all the numbers have been disconnected, and a magazine article about a famous starlet he’s never heard of named Marilyn Monroe. Plus, everyday objects are beginning to disappear and are replaced by strips of paper with words written on them like "bowl of flowers" and "soft drink stand." When Ragle skips town to try to find the cause of these bizarre occurrences, his discovery could make him question everything he has ever known.

Existential science fiction by the author of Do Androids Dream Oof Electric Sheep?

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Written in the late 1950s and early 1960s, these titles follow Dick's familiar theme that things and people are not quite what and who they seem, basically challenging reality. Though dead for 20 years now, Dick still is hugely popular among sf readers and Blade Runner nuts, so pop for these. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547572581
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 335,217
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.58 (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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Time Out of Joint is Philip K. Dick’s classic depiction of the disorienting disparity between the world as we think it is and the world as it actually is. The year is 1998, although Ragle Gumm doesn’t know that. He thinks it’s 1959. He also thinks that he served in World War II, that he lives in a quiet little community, and that he really is the world’s long-standing champion of newspaper puzzle contests. It is only after a series of troubling hallucinations that he begins to suspect otherwise. And once he pursues his suspicions, he begins to see how he is the center of a universe gone terribly awry.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    outstanding

    'haunting' is word used too often.--every piece of art with polish, every work capable of mustering emotion, seems to have this word attributed to it. these attributions are often false. yet with phil dick's 'time out of joint', 'haunting' is the only word we're capable of whispering through breathless lips. it swam in my head for days, a wonderful song scoring my thoughts. it's just so damn subtle! the entire story's the twist, and dick unfolds it slowly, carefully, uncommon when compared to his other works. and despite the flawed (and apparently rushed) ending, it deserves a solid '5'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    If you liked 'The Matrix'....

    Raggle Gumm is a simple man whose hobby of solving the daily news-paper puzzle 'Find the Martian' earns him a steady living. Unfortunately, he finds out that there is 'more' to the puzzle that he and others don't know. As with many of Philip K. Dick's novels, they explore the 'nature of reality'.

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