Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick

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“Philip K. Dick knew better than anyone how to recognize the disturbances of exile.”—Roberto Bolaño

When catastrophic overpopulation threatens Earth, one company offers to teleport citizens to Whale’s Mouth, an allegedly pristine new home for happy and industrious émigrés. But there is one problem: the teleportation machine only works in one direction. When Rachmael ben Applebaum discovers that some of the footage of happy settlers may have been faked, he sets out on an eighteen-year journey to see if anyone wants to come back.

Lies, Inc. is one of Philip K. Dick’s final novels, which he expanded from his novella The Unteleported Man shortly before his death. In its examination of totalitarianism, reality, and hallucination, it encompasses everything that Dick’s fans love about his oeuvre.


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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.
Published October 18, 2011 by Mariner Books. 210 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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In 1964, the world’s population was 3.276 billion, and in this novel Dick imagined a dystopian future where the world was overcrowded, the cities claustrophobic and hive-like, the people alienated and miserable — at a population of 7 billion.

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