By Philip K. Dick
"A masterpiece."—Roberto Bolaño
What occurs after the bombs drop? this can be the troubling query Philip okay. Dick addresses with Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We obtained alongside After the Bomb. it's the tale of an international reeling from the results of nuclear annihilation and fallout, a global the place mutated people and animals are the norm, and the scattered survivors take convenience from a disc jockey ceaselessly circling the globe in a broken-down satellite tv for pc. And hidden among the survivors is Dr. Bloodmoney himself, the guy liable for all of it. This extraordinary solid of characters cajole, seduce, and backstab of their makes an attempt to get forward in what's left of the realm, outcomes and casualties be damned. a kind of better half to Dr. Strangelove, an unofficial and unhinged sequel, Dick's novel is simply as choked with darkish comedy and simply as chilling.
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