The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick

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“At a time when most 20th-century science fiction writers seem hopelessly dated, Dick gives us a vision of the future that captures the feel of our time.”—Wired

In the future, most of humanity lives in massive underground bunkers, producing weapons for the nuclear war they've fled. Constantly bombarded by patriotic propaganda, the citizens of these industrial anthills believe they are waiting for the day when the war will be over and they can return aboveground. But when Nick St. James, president of one anthill, makes an unauthorized trip to the surface, what he finds is more shocking than anything he could imagine.


About Philip K. Dick

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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 January 24, 2012 by Mariner Books. 259 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story wastes no time imparting pessimism—with descriptions of an inner “fog of loneliness” to match the low-hanging clouds and landscape of dead trees “in the former city of San Francisco”—before presenting listeners with a post-WWIII United States in which survivors live in under...

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It is the future, and a devastating world war of epic proportions has taken place and most of humanity now lives deep beneath the ground in massive bunkers, which is the only world these people know.

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This war naturally made its way to our planet a year later, but in the intervening time the world’s governments built vast underground caverns (or tanks) in which to house the majority of the population while a radioactive, remote-controlled battle rages on the surface.

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