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A posthumously published companion volume to Dick's famous VALIS trilogy (VALIS, The Divine Invasion, and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer), Radio Free Albemuth condenses in one volume Dick's Gnostic-inspired themes regarding an alien power trying desperately to save humanity from its enslavement to bogus values as represented by the U.S.'s barely democratically elected president Ferris F. Fremont. The progtagonist starts out as a humble clerk at a San Francisco record store, but wind up being more indeed as he realizes that his dreams and waking dreams are in fact attempts by a benign alien power to contact him and enlist him in the cause to redeem humanity and save it from totalitarianism, false gods and other horrors. I cannot recommend this book enough.

NOTE: For those who enjoy multimedia experiences, do consider reading this book while listening to Radiohead's seminal "OK Computer"
The review of this Book prepared by Kate Sherrod








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 60% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius

Setting

Earth setting:    -   20th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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