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Deus Irae

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In the years following World War III, a new and powerful faith has arisen from a scorched and poisoned Earth, a faith that embraces the architect of world wide devastation. The Servants of Wrath have deified Carlton Lufteufel and re-christened him the Deus Irae. In the small community of Charlottesville, Utah, Tibor McMasters, born without arms or legs, has, through an arr...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 28th 1977 by Dell Publishing Co. (NY) (first published 1976)
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One of the more mystical or theological books of Phillip K. Dick that I've read. Don't know if thats Zelazny's influence or not, but I enjoyed it. Strays mostly away from PDK concepts like questioning identity, parallel universes, etc. Theres some drugs and hallucinatory episodes though. Theologically, it is a conflict between the God of Light of Christianity, and the Demiurge/God of Evil/Deus Irae/Carlton Lufteufel of Gnosticism/Cathatism/The Servants of Wrath. I mean, after a nuclear holocaust...more
Of the 36 sci-fi novels, nine mainstream novels, one children's book and over 120 short stories that cult author Philip K. Dick produced before his premature death at age 53, in 1982, only two creations were done in collaboration with another author. The first was 1966's "The Ganymede Takeover," which Dick cowrote with budding writer Ray Nelson. An alien invasion novel that deals with the snakelike, telepathic inhabitants of the Jovian moon as well as the Terran rebels who resist them, the novel...more
This book was a huge disappointment. I love Roger Zelazny and enjoy Dick's less drug-infused works, and I just read the similar-in-theme A Canticle for Leibowitz, so I was pretty excited for this book. Unfortunately, Deus Irae comes up short on every front. It's almost entirely Philip K. Dick (I noticed one joke that was textbook Zelazny, but that's it), and it is far from his best.

Deus Irae is extremely short at just under 200 pages, and it feels rushed. Character development is trite to nonex...more
I due più grandi misteri dell'Universo sono il Big Bang, al quale, per quanto gli scienziati possano sbatterci la testa, è impossibile dare una risposta esaustiva ed un altro ben più misterioso e inestricabile. Ovvero: cosa vi era nella scatola cranica di Dick? Questa volta gli scienziati della parola (critici, lettarati e chi più ne ha, più ne metta) sono quelli che brancolano un po' nel buio.

Appartenente alla tarda produzione di Dick, quella più metafisica/religiosa, quando l'autore aveva comi...more
"Deus Irae"is decidedly unlike your usual post-apocalyptic science fiction fare. This work explores a perennial issue in face of utter destruction and misery: the philosophical problem of theodicy, or the compatibility between the existence of an evil which reigns so supremely as to allow the world to be devastated and the existence of a goodly, omnipotent God. It depicts a society where the old Christian religion, their numbers rapidly declining, was superseded by an apocalyptic cult, the Serva...more

Listening to for a podcast. I was bored in the beginning but some scenes catch my attention. Mostly domestic scenes talking about religion really.


For hard core Philip K. Dick fans only, with a special interest in comparing religions. It almost feels like serialized adventures in the desert with strange creatures. I have to admit a main character with no arms or legs is unique. The narrator really brings some annoying characters to life.

Sara Elice
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Perry Whitford
'Death was not an antagonist, the last enemy, as Paul had though; death was the release of bondage to the God of Life, the Deus Irae. In death one was free from him - and only in death,'

Sixteen years after WWWIII, in a post-Christian society the God of Wrath has replaced the God of the New Testament. As with the Christian God, there is an earthly embodiment, the scientist who created the weapon that killed over a billion people, Carl Lufteufel.
A partly-mechanised painter made limbless by the war...more
A 4-star book with one star extra for sympathy. Seriously, 3.37!?

This is pretty much Dr. Bloodmoney + the theology of the VALIS trilogy. AND THERE IS NOTHING NOT-AMAZING ABOUT THAT. It's still funny and quirky, too.

I'm sure this is thanks to Zelazny, but this is one of the better written PKD books too (well, I'm sure any PKD book would feel that way after reading Clans of the Alphane Moon, but hey), and I actually would recommend this book to someone who just started reading PKD.
I enjoyed Deus Irae quite a bit, but not quite as much as I enjoy Phillip K. Dick or Roger Zelazny individually. The overall story arc felt like something Dick would come up with, while the flow of the text seemed more like Zelazny's. Even if I do like each of these authors on their own more than teamed up, this novel is still absolutely worth the read.
Matteo Pellegrini

Tibor McMasters artista pellegrino di un mondo immerso negli incubi e nei sogni di una catastrofe prodotta dagli uomini, soavemente candido e spaurito, eppure infinitamente saggio nelle sue incertezze. Pete Sands, un giovane cristiano inviato segretamente in missione per proteggere la sua Chesa vacillante. U mondo devastato dlla Terza Guerra Mondiale, sottilmente inquinato, popolato di creature strane, assurde, perfino aliene. Una nuova e potente religione, il culto dei Servi dell'Ira, che ha tr

I've read over twenty Philip K. Dick novels, and this is a candidate for the weakest so far. Supposedly Roger Zelazny finished it, but neither the characters, the plot, or the ideas seem complete. It takes place after a nuclear war where a limbless artist sets out to find find a living religious icon and paint him. Another character tries to stop him. They meet strange people and creatures along the way. My favorite character was the artist's dog, though apparently Dick forgot about him, as he d...more
Graham Crawford
This is a very odd little book - Some folk did fondue and swingers parties during the 70's - Dick and Zelazny dropped acid, smoked meth, and had brain sex talking about theology till dawn. This book is the evil love child of that union. It's equal parts bonkers and brilliant.

Much of the story has a mythic quality which gives the impression there are deep psychological truths to be found in the tale - or maybe that's just the drugs talking. The conversations often feel quaintly dated by the 70s i...more
gave me nightmares for 2 nights
This novel is interesting in that it is a reworking of the ideas in Dr. Bloodmoney with a different spin. The setting is similar, with some of the characters having direct analogues. But Bloodmoney is PKD in his early career pulpy science fiction mode,and Deus Irae shows a transition into his later religious/spiritual/altered reality mode. I don't know, It seems to me that Dick's contribution to the plot was significantly more than Zelazny's, just because the plot is SO Dickian.

World War III end...more
Romanzo con classiche tematiche dickiane, che verranno esplorate a pieno nella "trilogia di Valis", stemperate però da fasi d'azione in cui si vede la mano di Zelazny.
Nonostante le buone premesse però, qui ci si trascina stancamente attraverso fasi mediamente ripetitive. La caratterizzazione dei personaggi inoltre, è lasciata un pò a se stessa, senza incisività nè originalità: alcuni avrebbero potuto essere definiti meglio, poichè hanno del potenziale, ma sono lasciati come macchie sullo sfondo,...more
Ah PKD. Such grand ideas, and then such lackluster execution at the plot / story level. It's almost painful at times to read a book like Deus Irae: though it smartly wrangles with the big question of "what would happen to religion after a man-made apocalypse?", it's too often bogged down by a meandering, sloppy plot. If only he had paired up with a detail-oriented writer, someone with a head for hard SF and solid (if boring) story construction, it would have been one hell of a winning combinatio...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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E' finita la Terza Guerra Mondiale, una guerra fatta di Armi di Distruziuone di Massa, lasciando la Terra a pezzi. Rimangono poche comunicazioni tra una comunità e l'altra, comunità perlopiù composte da semi-uomini deformati dalle radiazioni. La religione Cristiana è in decadenza, messa in ombra dal nuovo culto del Deus Irae, il Dio dell'Ira.

Il Dio dell'Ira, come per i Cristiani, è Carlton Lufteufel, eletto a divinità per aver ordinato, da presidente, di distruggere il mondo con le armi atomiche...more
3.5 Stars.

Recently, when deciding what to read next, I realized I hadn’t read any Dick in a while. Also, it came to my attention that it’d been some time since I last leveled-up in my ongoing quest to read all of Zelazny’s books. Thankfully, Deus Irae came to the rescue and solved both problems at once.

Reviews I’ve read about this book have said that it isn’t as good as either author’s solo efforts, and I have to agree, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. If nothing else, Tibor McMasters is one of t...more
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The summary: Dark, dense, definitely deranged and mildly disappointing.
It reads like a re-work of Dr. Bloodmoney (1965) but stripped down, which is odd because its a build up of Dick's short story The Great C. Which brings up the first Great Thing about Deus Irae, the Great C - I could use a whole lot more detail about her/it. At least another 10,000 words or so about this Wraith-Computer-Sphinx, plus another 2,000 per chapter to explain what the hell was going on.
Which brings me to Confusing...more
Salut, je viens de finir Deus Irae co-écrit par Dick et Zelazny, et je m'en vais vous livrer un petit avis avec peut-être des spoilers dans les coins.
Ce livre raconte donc la recherche, par un jeune homme tronc et dans un unvers post-apocalyptique, du Dieu de colère, un homme qui a provoqué le cataclysme.
Enfin ça, c'est ce que raconte la quatrième de couverture. 'histoire
quant à elle nous place dans un monde d'après la Guerre (vous savez, celle qui aurait déja dû avoir lieu et qui, mystérieus...more
Dave Lefevre
Like most of the work Philip K. Dick in the last decade of his life, Deus Irae is a more a philosophy and theology book and less of Science Ficiton book. PKD was never successful getting his non-sci-fi texts printed during his lifetime so his work always has those elements, and perhaps his work was better for it. Deus Irae, at its heart, is a treatise about the purpose of good and evil in this world and touches upon some of the classic questions about Christianity. In the book's broken world mos...more
Most authors would never dream of casting a limbless man, no arms and no legs, as a central character in his work – Philip K. Dick has done this at least twice. Joining Hoppy Harrington from Dr. Bloodmoney as a protagonist is Tibor McMasters, the unlikely hero of Deus Irae, a collaborative effort between Philip K. Dick and Roger Zelazney. An odd mix of Canticle for Liebowitz, A Scanner Darkly and Dr. Bloodmoney, Deus Irae is a more serious work than many of PKD’s wild fiction. What does it mean...more
Scott Holstad
Some readers have compared this novel to A Canticle for Liebowitz. I think it reads more like Dick's Dr Bloodmoney, but with religion. It's a post-apocalyptic novel featuring a primary protagonist without arms or legs, just like in Dr Bloodmoney. Christianity has diminished and essentially been replaced by a religion worshiping the Deus Irae, the god of wrath, responsible for the bombs that caused World War III. But I couldn't get into it. I just couldn't. One word: boring. Another word: confusi...more
There are cute talking mutants and indeed cute AI's with mad sphinx like ways. The quantity of non-human conversation is almost Narnian in its excess.

This novel is either much cleverer than me or considerably stupid dressed up as clever. I'm really ambivalent about the whole thing. It is an experience, bits of which are thought provoking if not exactly enjoyable, leaving me feeling like I have been exposed to some modernist architecture. Much work has clearly gone into it, but was it worth it?

At points the narrative is reminiscent of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The conflict between the two religious groups, the Christians and the Servants of Wrath could be read as allegorical of U.S.-Soviet relations during the Cold War. The role of visual imagery in religion represented in the narrative resonates with the Baudrillardian notion of simulacra. One of the protagonists is a “phocomelus,” an armless and legless person, which seems to be a recurring type in Dick’s novels—Hoppy in Dr. Blood...more
Ivan Lutz
Po mnogočemu podsjeća na Millerovog Leibowitza, osim što je stil malo suroviji, teži, mučniji. Kolaboracija ova dva autora jedna je od najčudnijih u svijetu SF-a. Takva dva oprečna duha, karaktera, pa i po samim temama koje su obrađivali, dali su jedno pravo malo blago - Deus Irae.
Kako će izgledati kršćanstvo nakon apokalipse, kako će se u tom svemu snaći roboti i računala, te koje će sve religije naći svoj put prema svjetlu... Sve su to pitanja na koja pokušava dati odgovor ova knjiga. No, ipa...more
A dystopian tale with some interesting characters and concerns, but a little too loosely executed. It is one of those books that may have been more effective either as a tightly crafted short story, or instead allowed to metastasize into some sprawling and even more chaotic larger novel. At a little over two hundred pages, Deus Irae only flitted about some of the more interesting philosophical, theological, and dystopian aspects the authors set up. A definite highlight of the novel is the limble...more
A well enough written book and a decent story. It felt more like a fantasy novel than sci-fi. The set up is a journey, a pilgrimage. While reading, it is difficult not to try and identify what is PKD and what is Zelazney but it flowed rather seamlessly. There were segments that seemed a little disjointed as in perhaps thee sub-plot with the mentally challenged woman (they used the "R" word in the book.)

I enjoyed the novel over all. It featured many of the usual PKD themes. Christianity being the...more
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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 Memo...more
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