The Penultimate Truth
World War III is raging - or so the millions of people crammed in their underground tanks believe. For fiteen years, subterranean humanity has been fed on daily broadcasts of a never-ending nuclear destruction, sustained by a belief in the all powerful Protector.
But up on Earth's surface, a different kind of reality reigns. East and West are at peace. Acro...more
Shows what I know. Thank goodness for my pal EssJay ...more
(view spoiler)[As soon as the time technology was introduced, I thought I knew where it was going: that the falsified documentaries at the heart of their civilization were either real or were their own product, sent back in time. PKD didn't go there. He went on a complet ...more
Another fantastic book by Philip K. Dick, but then again he is my favorite author so I might be a little biased. This book however didn't have as much of the "mind-blowing" aspects to it as some of his other books. None the less it was a great read. It still had a somewhat "Dickian" storyline, however, just not that wow factor I was talking about. If it had a little more of that than the book would have been easily a 5 star book, but instead I am going with 4. Another reason is because I wish it ...more
This time the st ...more
The tempting thing for some reade ...more
Now Dick can write a great pulp science fiction novel as w ...more
We start the book in underground warrens where the population has been living since the start of the war, which still rages up on the surface after 15 years. We know exactly what to expect from about page two; we're going to get a book full of underground crises with a huge plot twist at the end when it turns out the war's been over for years.
Except this is PKD, so we find out the war's been over in chapter 2; up above (where the rest of the book takes place), there ...more
Overall, this PKD book is intriguing and characteristically fast-paced, but less polished than his later or better-know ...more
The basic premise of the story is excellent and the last two sentences hit between the eyes like a mallet. It's just a shame that it felt like such hard work. That said, I didn't get a clear run at the book, only reading it in fits and starts so that can't have helped.
I'll re-read it ...more
This story, written in 1964, is set post-WW III (which in his timeline is a US-USSR nuclear confrontation happening right about NOW). Ironically ten years ago we could laugh that off as obsolete - not quite so funny now.
The story is compelling and I found it hard to put down. He can offer up piercing insights, and an interesting commentary mouthed through his protagonist on the ethics and morality ...more
A lot of what went on didn't make sense. We could have used a little more info on the state of the world and the motives of those living above ground.
I also have literally NO idea how Lantano was 600 years old. Even if he ...more
The Penultimate Truth captures many of the th ...more
Entry #34 - The Penultimate Truth
After the metaphysical nightmare of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Dick calms down a bit to return to some of his older themes. While Stigmata questioned the nature of reality on a cosmic, ontological state, The Penultimate Truth also concerns reality, but on a smaller scale. Particularly, reality as mainpulated by the power-holding elite to bolster their position, e.g. The Big Lie. It belongs to the same class as other works on ...more
The problem I found with The Penultimate Truth is essentially the reverse of my thoughts relating to The Man In The High Castle. In other words, there is no doubt that there is a well defined and thou ...more
On the other hand, some of the ideas in Dick's dystop ...more
This one plays out very differently though, with propaganda organisations and time paradoxes complicating the mix.
Worth your time.