Counter-clock World

Counter-clock World

Book - 1995
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Random House, Inc.
In Counter-Clock World, one of the most theologically probing of all of Dick’s books, the world has entered the Hobart Phase–a vast sidereal process in which time moves in reverse. As a result, libraries are busy eradicating books, copulation signifies the end of pregnancy, people greet with, “Good-bye,” and part with, “Hello,” and underneath the world’s tombstones, the dead are coming back to life. One imminent old-born is Anarch Peak, a vibrant religious leader whose followers continued to flourish long after his death. His return from the dead has such awesome implications that those who apprehend him will very likely be those who control the fate of the world.

Winner of both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

Baker & Taylor
After entering the Hobart Phase in whcih time moves in reverse, the world is turned upside down as the dead are coming back to life, including Anarch Peak, a charismatic religious leader with a fanatical following, whose resurrection could have awesome ramifications for the entire world. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1995
ISBN: 9780375719332
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 24, 2015

Philip K. Dick's stock has risen considerably since his death in 1982 and, while many of his early sci-fi books were published as cheap paperbacks with lurid covers, he's now part of the Library of America and many of his novels have been reissued in handsome trade editions. The man was prolific and once you get past the famous titles, it can be a little hit or miss, but I will say that even his mediocre books have something interesting for the Dick fan. "Counter-Clock World" is from 1967 and has something of the detective feel of "Do Androids Dream" and "Flow My Tears," while dealing with perennial Dick themes like time, existence, death, and God. Recommended!

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