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Deus Irae

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  2,097 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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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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 A Canticle for Leibowitz, A Scanner Darkly and Dr. Bloodmoney, Deus Irae is a more serious work than many of PKD’s wild fiction. What does it mea
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
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
The style was more like that of a fantasy novel rather than sci-fi: A long journey or a pilgrimage. One can't help but try and distinguish what parts are PKD and which are Zelazney's but, overall, it flowed seamlessly enough, though there were some segments that were a little disjointed and so the narrative got a bit confusing at times.

According to an article I read of this novel, it was PDK's lack of knowledge on the subject of Christianity, at the time he started the novel (a decade before it
It falls into the large category of "probably good if I understood all of it". It's dense with philosophy, with characters prone to internal discussion and digression, and each one seems versed in details of Catharism and other variations of Christian theology. As such its larger themes are buried in the details of all these characters instead of the great sweep of the book.

If I'm understanding the whole of it--probably not--it is that a mortal sees the Divine through the lens of his/her/its own
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
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
"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
I must admit I found this quite disappointing. Apart from the world building there really wasn't much here that seemed like Philip K Dick. The prose definitely wasn't his style and it wasn't a style I enjoyed. Instead of being thrown into the strange post apocalyptic world and figuring it out as you go this novel spent the first 60 or so pages explaining at great length why everything happened and how everything was built up in conversations between the characters. A great example of ignoring th ...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.

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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
-Con sangre de horchata.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. La religión de los Siervos de la Ira, basada en la existencia de un dios feroz, colérico y furioso, se ha impuesto en una Norteamérica devastada por la Tercera Guerra Mundial mientras que la de los cristianos se va diluyendo. La nueva religión adora al Dios de la Ira, Carleton Lufteufel, secretario de la Administración de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Energía de los USA en los años ochenta y responsable de la destrucción casi
PKD’s Deus Irae, God of Wrath – a play on Dies Irae [Day of Wrath or Judgement Day], was first published in 1976 and still reads well today. The post-apocalyptic and dystopian vision of the future has changed little since then. As with most of these genres Deus Irae speaks more to its own time and the fears of this time than it does of a plausible future.

The tedious thing about these end times books is that you have three choices:

1. The world is in the process of ending [such as Cormac McCarth
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.
William Redd
I think I've made my love for Philip K. Dick's writing known before, so of course when I saw this book for sale at my local comic shop (they briefly branched out into selling used sci-fi, fantasy, and pulp novels, picked up some good reads at the time) I just had to pick it up. And while I'd never read any Zelazny, I knew the name and was interested to see what these two had cooked up together.

And boy, it did not disappoint. Deus Irae is a statement on religion set in a post-apocalyptic future w
❅ Eze ❅
La mayor parte del libro no me gusto, apostaria a que Dick (y/o Zelazny, porque tiene un co-autor) estaba muy pasado de drogas cuando lo escribio.

Mientras lo estaba leyendo pensaba en escribir esta reseña justificando el porque le iba a poner solo una estrella. Pero el final lo levanta, muchisimo!; en este momento me encantaria poder discutirlo con otra persona, cada uno puede tener una interpretacion muy diferente. Creo que no fue lo mas acertado arrancar la lectura de este autor con "Deus Irae
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

Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
Jun 10, 2012 Byron 'Giggsy' Paul rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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a little strange, and doesn't completely come fully together as a novel, yet, each chapter, each page held my interest fully and I enjoyed the prose.

Not a good representation of Dick or Zelazny, I'd recommend reading their major works first, but no reason to avoid this title either.
Like A Canticle for Leibowitz on acid. I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was how much stuff Dick was able to cram into such a short story. Religion, post-apocalypse science fiction, and dark humor come together in a trippy story about a robotic painter on a holy mission. Dick is a fan of creating instances where the reader asks "Is this really happening? Or is this a dream?" While I enjoy writing that is open to interpretation it can also make it difficult to understand just what t ...more
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
gave me nightmares for 2 nights
Non posso dire che sia brutto. È certamente un po' allucinato, teologico - filosofico e quindi alquanto nebuloso per me. Non l'ho granché capito.
Una grossa pecca nell'edizione italiana: io so leggere quattro lingue (qualcuna meglio, qualcuna peggio), ma il tedesco non è fra queste. Bisognerebbe sempre considerare che il lettore potrebbe non capire le espressioni straniere, fossero pure quelle scritte in "banale" inglese, invece qui non c'è nemmeno una nota di traduzione delle espressioni strani
The civilization has been destroyed by a bomb and the surviving humans have founded a new religion. Their God is the person responsible for the bombs.
The book tells the story of a painter, who goes on a quest to find this person for a mural in the church. Now if you ask yourself why you should be interested in this quest, I couldn't tell you. The book is exactly as boring as the topic suggests. The characters are completely interchangeable, so much that I always had to think: Pete? ... oh yes, t
John Defrog
I’ve read a lot of Dick (yes), but I’ve only read Zelazny once (and that was in the 80s). So I thought I’d try this collaboration, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where some survivors worship Carleton Lufteufel, the govt official who invented and used the weapon that destroyed most of humanity. Limbless cyborg artist Tibor McMasters is commissioned by the Servants Of Wrath to find Lufteufel (who is believed to still be alive) and paint his likeness for a church mural. His Christian ...more
Roddy Williams
‘When Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction legends Philip K Dick and Roger Zelazny combined their talents to write Deus Irae, the result was a visionary novel both playful and profound.
The story begins after a nuclear holocaust has destroyed all that is familiar, including humanity’s faith in a benevolent God. Out of the ashes arises a mighty new religion based on fear and death – worship of the God of Wrath, the Deus Irae.
Two men, one an armless and legless artist, and the other a youn
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
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,
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