The setting is Earth, which actually is a lost colony of our mother planet, at war with an insect life form. An artificial surgeon who is in his wife's shadow gets promoted into the U.N. president's chief doctor. Now his miserable, yet simple, life is complicated with addiction to lethal time traveling drugs, an ailing egomaniac and sick leader, shifting allies and espionage in the war, and getting back to his own time and universe. He manages to help resolve the problems of humanity on Earth, but he still can't decide to leave his repulsive wife.
This report prepared by Sam Batterson
Under the leadership of UN General Secretary Gino Molinari, Terrans have sided with the powerful, humanoid "Starmen" from the Lilistar system in their war with the reegs of Proxima, antlike beings with an exoskeleton and four arms. (The year is 2055.) The protagonist, a surgeon who specializes in organ transplants named Eric Sweetscent, is summoned to minister to the ailing and dispirited Molinari. Eric's wife Kathy does well-paid work for magnate Virgil Ackerman, locating and purchasing antiques to recreate the 1935 Washington DC of his childhood. (Through medical techniques and organ replacements, Ackerman is 130 years old.) But Kathy becomes instantly addicted to the experimental drug JJ-180, which can temporarily unstick a person in time, and eventually Eric becomes addicted too, and encounters and helps himself during jaunts between the 1930s and 2160s. Is it really Molinari he's tending to? Does Molinari really want to die ... or is he already long dead? And which side of the war would it really benefit Earth to be on?
This report prepared by David Loftus
NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR was written by Philip K. Dick in 1966. Eric Sweetscent has been hired as the private doctor of Gino Molinari, head of the army forces of the Earth. Molinari has the difficult task to negotiate with Earth's allies coming from the planet Lillistar in order to present a common army against the Reegs that look like insects with a brain. In the meantime, Kathy, Eric Sweetscent's wife, is addicted to a time control drug and loses the sense of reality.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler