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I simulacri

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,324 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
Nel Ventunesimo secolo gli Stati Uniti d'Europa e d'America sono governati dauna coppia incantevole: der Alte, il presidente, e la First Lady, vero motore del potere. Popolare e amatissima star televisiva, la donna nasconde segretiche ne potrebbero destabilizzare l'autorità, e si oppone a ogni tentativo dirovesciamento del suo benigno regime. Fra complotti, corporation ind ...more
Paperback, Collezione immaginario Dick, 266 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Fanucci (first published 1964)
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Sep 06, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Simulacra reveals Philip K. Dick as a nihilist with a sense of humor.

Published two years after the Hugo award winning The Man in the High Castle, The Simulacra may have been a pulpier version of the science fiction classic, as PKD further explored an alternate history theme of fascist domination. The Simulacra is also reminiscent of Heinlein’s The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (published in 1985, so was Heinlein influenced by PKD?). But mainly, PKD shows how everything is false and any and ev
Ed [Redacted]
Jun 19, 2012 Ed [Redacted] rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Disjointed and rambling tale of government and corporate plots. The USEA (US and Germany) Government is run by an actress and an android. Cro-Magnon or some other Early Modern Humans have re-appeared in Northern California (I may have met some, come to think of it). Emigration to Mars now takes place in homemade and technically illegal craft called jalopies. This is a weird and wild story, even for Philip Dick.

The book contains most of the usual suspect PKD ideas; time travel, Nazis, androids,
Apr 09, 2016 Ümit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
K. Dick'ten yine bol komplolu siyasi bir bilimkurgu. Ancak bu kez içinde her türden BK ögesi var; zaman yolculuğu var, robotlar var, paralel evrenler var, üstün yetenekli mutantlar var, ışınlanma var; var oğlu var. Bu yüzden de, biraz amaç eksikliği -ve araç fazlalığı- çekiyor bence. Yine de her zamanki gibi çok güzel.

"Politik gücün asıl temeli nedir, biliyor musunuz? Silahlar ya da askerler değil, insanlara yapmalarını istediğiniz şeyi yaptırabilmektir. Her ne yolla olursa olsun."
-Todos los ingredientes añadidos, sí, pero al plato le falta algo.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En un futuro en el que la tecnología, los fármacos y la política intrusiva de las corporaciones han entrado en la sociedad y en los propios individuos, Nat Flieger es un empleado de la Electronic Music Entreprise que debe encargarse del contrato de grabación de un famoso y elusivo músico psicocinético soviético, Egon Superb es uno de los pocos doctores que todavía aplica el obsoleto psic
Kat  Hooper
Jan 17, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Philip K. Dick is one of those authors who I often enjoy reading for his peculiar ideas, cool technologies, bizarre plots, and neurotic characters. But every time I read one of his stories, I need a break from him — there’s a feeling of frantic paranoia permeating his work that makes me feel like I just need to chill out for a while. If you’ve seen the movie The Adjustment Bureau, which was based on one of his stories, you’ll know what I mean. In
It's tough to give a book like this a rating. On one hand, PKD uses some really brilliant SF concepts here. Take the apartment buildings, HOA gone mad in a way that's almost eerily plausible. And then there's how the cult of personality has inhabited politics to the point where the First Lady is a perpetual office, and citizens vote on a husband for her. Plus there are some great, further out there concepts, like the jalopies that can fly you to Mars, but not back, and the simulacra themselves. ...more
Printable Tire
Jeepers, this was goofy, even for a Philip K Dick book. And like a lot of his books, all over the place: sentient alien tape recorders, neanderthals coming back to life, transporting car lots that sell junk space ships to send you to mars, time traveling, variety shows and jug bands, pet aliens, illegal psychiatrists, simulacra neighbors and government, spam flies, telekinetic hypochondriac pianists and all sorts of wacky stuff I've probably forgotten all about.

What's with this guy's obsession
Aug 18, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fueled by prescription amphetamines, and in a burst of creative effort rarely seen before or since in the sci-fi field, cult author Philip K. Dick, in the period 1963-64, wrote no less than six full-length novels. His 13th since 1955, "The Simulacra," was originally released as an Ace paperback in 1964 with a cover price of 40 cents. The book, written in Dick's best middle-period style, gives us a pretty whacky look at life in the mid-21st century. David Pringle, in his "Ultimate Guide to Scienc ...more
Feb 06, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went to the library a couple of weeks ago and walked out of there with The Simulacra and Black Hole in my bag. Two depictions of a dystopian world. The book written today, Black Hole, is set in the 70's and Philip K. Dick's book from -64 takes place in the year 2010. The time change might be part of the Science Fiction genre that I am new to and I wonder what it means.

The Simulacra feels very dated. It describes a world split between two super powers, Soviet and USEA. I hoped that Dick would m
Dec 09, 2015 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche


Like a lot of Dick's novels, 'The Simulacra' was messy. I mean messy and complex and absurd and filled with fractals and digressions. Genius in parts, yes. But mostly messy genius. It felt like I was driving a BMW assembled by the art/pit-crew from Mad Max, perhaps.

I loved the concept of it. Dr. Superb, the only remaining psychotherapist in a world filled with the crazy and cran
Paul Clayton
May 01, 2012 Paul Clayton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the Simulacra. While there was a lot to admire in this story, I don't think it represents Dick's best. One of the problems with writing scifi (and I just released a collection of scifi stories; so I'm concerned with this) is that if you write about the near future, things can take a turn in the complete opposite of where you had your story/novel going. Dick has a lot 'right' in this novel... He sees Presidents serving till they die, then being stealthily replaced with talking head rob ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Aviv rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. This wasn't my favourite PKD novel to date. All the elements were there - exclusive time travel, dissatisfied middle-aged men whose society keeps the wool firmly tucked over their frustrated eyes, bungling psys, wry humour, a totalitarian political system of control, a keen sensitivity for the arts, nazis, baits and switches, and just enough future lingo to leave me wanting more... but somehow they didn't really come together. All the elements of the story felt a little disjointed, a bunch ...more
I read this on amphetamines and while I don't think that is very relevant to this review I do think that there is some type of energy force that feeds on our energy force and honestly it's not so farfetched to think that our leader is secretly an android but mostly I guess I just believe in the truth this book presents but only as far as a shard of truth is true, ya feel?
Nov 18, 2015 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more PKD I read, the more astonished I am that 'Electric Sheep' is the one he's so well known for - Simulacrum is another perfect example of a sci-fi writer years ahead of his time, writing of a dystopian future where cartels hold the upper hand via government contracts and everyone's freedom and free-choice is subtly eroded via their own votes. Simulacrum follows a set of characters who are unknowingly linked via events which are unfolding at the seat of world government, held by the titula ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
The Simulacra is PKD's grand, panoramic novel. He sweeps the reader from the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C., to the lush rain forests of the Pacific North West and the colony of mutants who inhabit them. We meet Nicole Thibodeaux, the First Lady of the United States and the most powerful woman in the world; Richard Kongrosian, a psycho-kinetic musician who performs without touching the keyboard; and Looney Luke, semi-legal dealer in jalopies, outdated spacecraft good enough for a ...more
May 31, 2009 Zach rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first exposure to Dick, and I was impressed enough to come back for more. See what I did there?

This novel is packed with interesting ideas on the future of technology and on its effect on our humanity, much like any dystopian science-fiction book. These ideas kept me reading through the disjointed, over-busy plot. Ultimately, they weren't enough to earn this any more than 3 stars -- Dick seems more interested in these ideas than following any of them through. Chekov says, "The gun th
May 29, 2009 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-masterworks, sf
When you start reading this book, it can be quite confusing as there are numerous POV's and a huge cast of characters to get your head around. There is no main protagonist, merely a group of disperate characters who's stories loosly intertwine around each other to tell the complete story.

Set in a future that is moderately distopian, weakly authoritarian and mildly post-apocalyptic. A mind boggling array of themes are explored from the psycological (paranoia, hypochondria, mind-control) through s
I. Merey
Dec 31, 2013 I. Merey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2013
In the far-far future, 'talk' therapy has become outlawed as a sham that has brought the human race to ruin and all psychological ailments must be cured with drugs.... The author's imagination and ability to create another world realistically based on fragments that have survived our world is truly amazing.

The set-up is fine, my problem was more with the numerous and far-flung loose ends that were never tied up (seems to be a problem in sci-fi I pick at least--so much has been opened and specula
Sep 08, 2014 Marilena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Philip K. Dick definitely knows his sci-fi and can use everything (seriously, everything!) at once, this novel feels rather too far-fetched, not so much in plot, but rather in concepts thrown all together, trying to achieve some sort of uber sci-fi status. I can't say it wasn't interesting, but it could have been a bit longer (or in a series) to accommodate all the characters, concepts and various plot lines going all at once.
Aug 03, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were some great scifi concepts in this novel which I expected from such a pioneer of scifi as phillipk dick. for me as a first time reader, I found it very disjointed but upon reading the other reviews it seems that this is how he usually formats his novels.

I thought the ending came about a bit too rapidly and I wanted something more to work with, nevertheless the different subplots were still interesting. I'll definitely read his other works. Even though, judging from the reviews, this w
Apr 08, 2013 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The only way I can describe this book is--zany: Looney Luke's buy-a-jalopy to emigrate to Mars; people can take a time machine into the future to discern the potential outcomes of various choices; a telekinetic pianist with lethal body odor; a first lady who is forever young because she is played by a succession of actresses; a law (pushed by a pharmaceutical company) outlawing psychotherapy; simulacra of an extinct Martian species; and radiation mutants who see opportunities in all this chaos. ...more
Jan 30, 2016 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, frustrating mess of startling ideas and loose ends - in other words, a typical Philip K Dick novel. Also typical is the paranoiac dystopian future, the behind-the-scenes machinations running governments and society, the cartels, and, of course, Nazis (in this case added into the story as a perplexing and only vaguely explained subplot). A LOT of things are left unexplained. Often this is a good thing, but here explaining would make for a more well-rounded story (MILD SPOILER!) Is, f ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I read PKD, I am overjoyed at his ability to build surprising and profound fictional worlds. His alternate futures are a great mix of believable developments, fantastic technology, and pulpy story arcs. This novel provides these in spades. The story twists and turns through the ensemble cast, all of whom manage to interact in a loose spider's web of action. The book always kept me guessing and the ending left enough to the imagination to make it fun.

My biggest beef with this book and P
Sep 08, 2014 Pablos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Na pierwszy rzut oka "Simulacra" wydaje się być powieścią pełną chaosu. Bez wątpienia jest lekturą trudniejszą od "Ubika", "Blade Runner" czy "Człowieka z Wysokiego Zamku", czyli od tych trzech, które znałem. Jej trudność polega na tym, że nie tylko świat przedstawiony jest dziwnym efektem rozmyślań autora, ale bohaterów także jest więcej, i każdy pcha się na pierwszy plan. Philip K. Dick pisze w taki sposób, jakby oczekiwał, że czytelnik za nim w stu procentach nadąży (onegdaj tak pisało się ni ...more
Aug 22, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See if any of this sounds familiar: The United States government is a fraud run by corporations and an unknown shadow power. The President is, literally, a puppet. One of the two possible escapes from the grinding authoritarian state is a cult of personality with a goal of ephemeral fame surrounding a never-aging First Lady, and the other is a one-way trip to Mars. It will all end in tears, I tell you. This is yet another fast and fun short novel by PKD. Recommended.
Jan 27, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the early 1960's, Philip K. Dick imposed a discipline on himself of writing 64 pages a day. He wrote fast, and didn't like to do much revising. Publishers of science fiction did not pay much, so he relied on sheer volume to support himself and his family. The Simulacra comes out of that phase of his career.

The book has a rough, rambling, stream-of-consciousness feel. Numerous characters are introduced one after another and stream out into a growing web of random plot threads and subplots. Ph
Dec 19, 2014 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Simulacra was a great read. Very complex yet easy to follow. The President is an android - and a sort of a dolt, the charismatic-superstar-first lady is actually a series of perpetual actresses. The main plot and point of the book was perfectly fine but what I enjoyed the most was the little additions, such as the Neanderthal element, the classical jug band duo, the weird jalopy to Mars sales racket amongst others. It was good fun.
Luiz Felipe
Jul 05, 2015 Luiz Felipe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the very first pages, this book makes it clear to you that it will be a crazy, wild ride. The multiple threads of the story involve corporate machinations, a time traveling political activist, a multiplicity of conspiracies, androids, mysterious Neanderthals, a hilarious paranoid psychokinetic freakazoid, government and military conspiracies, and more. It looks very much like ramblings of a deranged mind which you'd hope to start coming together into some kind of cohesive narrative at some ...more
Scott Holstad
Mar 16, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Simulacra is the funniest Philip K Dick book I've read to date. There were some hilarious moments, very funny scenes. That said, it was often hard to follow and somewhat convoluted. I think one major thing that contributes to this is there are so many characters to keep track of. I think I read somewhere that there are over 60 characters in this book, and I believe it. There really is no primary protagonist. The story is told from the point of view of quite a few characters. Among them are F ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Glglgl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dieser frühe Roman hat vieles von dem, was später die großen Geschichten des Mister Dick auszeichnen sollte. Eher erfolglos nach Glück strebende Protagonisten stolpern durch eine zukünftige Welt, in der sich die Frage nach der Realität auf verschiedene Weisen beantworten lässt. Der Präsident der USA (plus Deutschland) ist ein künstliches Wesen, seine Frau wird seit Generationen durch eine Schauspielerin verkörpert, ohne dass es den gewöhnlichen Menschen auffällt. Am Rande treten auf: Zeitreisen, ...more
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. 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. Di ...more
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