“Dick is the American writer who in recent years has most influenced non-American poets, novelists, and essayists.”—Roberto Bolaño
In Counter-Clock World, time has begun moving backward. People greet each other with “goodbye,” blow smoke into cigarettes, and rise from the dead. When one of those rising dead is the famous and powerful prophet Anarch Peak, a number of groups start a mad scramble to find him first—but their motives are not exactly benevolent because Anarch Peak may just be worth more dead than alive, and these groups will do whatever they must to send him back to the grave.
What would you do if your long-dead relatives started coming back? Who would take care of them? And what if they preferred being dead? In Counter-Clock World, one of Dick’s most theological and philosophical novels, these troubling questions are addressed; though, as always, you may have to figure out the answers yourself.
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About the Author
Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928–1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall,Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Something called the Hobart Phase began and now time is going in reverse. Dead people are waking up in their coffins and need to be retrieved. Now they can live life again, getting younger and younger until the return to the womb. It's fun to read, I was getting confused because everything is in backwards motion! But PKD loves humor and is very weird and interesting and enthusiastic and that's why we love him. Add it to your collection.
People climb out of their graves, live their lives backwards, and get 'unbirthed', in this startling little book by Philip Dick. Conversations occur sequentially, but everything else is in retrograde in this very carefully plotted story where a love relationship de-evolves in the center of a world where some people come back to life claiming to remember the NEXT world. It's fun to figure out what happens before you go to the supermarket to put food BACK on the shelves.