Thursday, June 04, 2009

Now Wait for Last Year (Book Review)

Book review from The Movie Snob

Now Wait for Last Year, by Philip K. Dick. This is the third story in the Library of America collection Five Novels of the 1960s and 70s. This is one of Dick's trippier stories. In the mid-21st century, humanity is caught in a war between two alien species--the humanoid aliens from Lilistar and the insectoid reegs. Humanity allied with the Lilistarmen, and unfortunately the Lilistarmen are slowly losing the war. A doctor is caught up in the intrigue of the way when he is tapped to join the entourage of humanity's supreme leader, UN Secretary Molinari. Meanwhile the doctor's estranged wife gets hooked on an insidious new psychedelic drug called JJ-180 that seems to cause the user to time travel, and the sinister Lilistarmen use her addiction to force her to try to infiltrate the Secretary's compound. Once the drug enters the scene, it's hard to tell what's real and what's not anymore. A good story.


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