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The World Jones Made

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  2,062 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Floyd Jones is sullen, ungainly, and quite possibly mad, but in a very short time he will rise from telling fortunes at a mutant carnival to convulsing an entire planet. For although Jones has the power to see the future -- a power that makes his life a torment -- his real gift lies elsewhere: in his ability to make people dream again in a world where dreaming has been mad ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published June 29th 1993 by Vintage (first published 1956)
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Aug 31, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
One of Philip K. Dick’s earliest novels, The World Jones Made demonstrates the author’s great ability and reveals his potential mastery if not yet his virtuosity as a storyteller.

Bradburyesque PKD, this is dark, brooding and humanistic; reminiscent of Messiah by Gore Vidal and also, vaguely, of H.P. Lovecraft. Several sub-plots are loosely woven together to create an atmosphere of shadows, fascist visions and alien mystery. The reader sees erudite observations of social, political and theologic
Dec 24, 2015 Darwin8u rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
"We can't destroy Jones. We can only hope there's something beyond him, something on the other side."
― Philip K. Dick, The World Jones Made


"He was a man with his eyes in the present and his body in the past."
― Philip K. Dick, The World Jones Made

An early (1956) PKD novel that brings together four semi-united threads: mutants, aliens, precognition, and a philosophic tyranny (a form of relativism to the absurd). The spore-like aliens that suddenly appear are the catalyst between Jones and the phil
This is Dick's second published novel and the second I've read. So far, I'm impressed with his writing and his ideas and plan to continue to read his books.

What I'm enjoying most is that there is a feeling that Dick put a lot of thought into his books. Instead of focusing on the bells and whistles of his sci-fi worlds, he puts a lot of time and energy into communicating what these speculative worlds mean, and what it is like for the characters to occupy realities that are very different from wha
Aug 18, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
By 1956, the sensation of seeing his name in print was not a new one for author Philip K. Dick. Between 1952 and 1955, he had placed around 75 (!) short stories in the various sci-fi magazines and digests of the day, and in 1955 his first novel, "Solar Lottery," saw its first publication. That novel appeared in one of those cute little "Ace doubles" (D-103, for all you collectors out there), backed with Leigh Brackett's "The Big Jump." The book sold passably well, Dick later wrote; around 150,00 ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
The World Jones Made is one of Philip K. Dick's earlier novels, dating back to 1956, but it shows signs of an advancing maturity. Still, at times it seems as if Dick cobbled together several disparate ideas at the short story level, namely: (1) the colonization of Venus; (2) a charismatic leader who can foretell what will happen a year from the present; and (3) an invasion of our solar system by spores resembling giant protozoa.

The hero is a police officer named Cussick who marries a Danish blon
Jack Stovold
Jun 07, 2012 Jack Stovold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Philip K. Dick Project, #7

The World Jones Made sees Dick more focused and in command of his writing than in Solar Lottery. Dick takes a few ideas and makes a more cohesive and straightforward plot with them.

Dick's protagonist in the story, Cussick, is a little different than most of the Dick protagonists we've seen before, in that he believes in the government and his new relativism, in the work he is doing, wholeheartedly. Sure, he's tired, and world-weary, but for different reasons. And as
David Ceballos Correa
Aug 24, 2014 David Ceballos Correa rated it really liked it
La catastrófica guerra nuclear entre EEUU, Rusia y China finalizó, y el liderazgo para la reconstrucción recae en el Gobierno Federal Mundial (Fedgov en el inglés), cuyo principio medular es el permitir que cualquier ciudadano crea en lo que mejor le parezca, siempre y cuando no intente convencer a otro de sus creencias. Una filosofía respetable, aún más si consideramos que la guerra se debió a la incapacidad de entendimiento entre comunistas y libremercadistas, malos contra malos, pero un pensa ...more
Dystopia set on Earth in 2002. Easy read, lots of ideas - transhumanism with precognition, relativism, mobility, public drug and sex consumption, hermaphroditic sex, mutants ready for Venus, Venusian environment, alien blobs. Also references to Hitler and Mengele, no wonder 10 years after WWII. On the negative side lots of sloppiness quite typical for PKD, missing protagonist motivations, unbelievable biological models.
I wouldn't consider it as one of his better works, maybe only for completioni
Aug 21, 2016 Ronald rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Philip K Dick completists
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a used paperback I read a few years ago. A co-worker/friend is currently reading this book.
I consider _The World Jones Made_ one of PKD's minor works. However, I don't think its a bad book.

The setting is not long after a limited nuclear war. The protagonist, Jones, can see up to one year into the future. Philip K. Dick uses science fiction tropes to explore philosophical issues. Here, PKD uses the science fiction trope of precognition to explore the issue of fate and free will. Its als
Oct 24, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read (a long weekend) by the sci-fi master Philip K. Dick.

Set on a post war earth, the government has adopted and enforces the policy of Relativism to maintain stability. This is never really defined, but seems to be something along the lines of either there is no absolute truth, or truth is flexible, dependent on the viewpoint of the individual. In light of this, it is forbidden to express judgement as this goes against the truth of others. There is a clear reson
Mar 22, 2013 TrumanCoyote rated it really liked it
Better than I remember it being. Only two problems: 1) the picture of Venus he has was I'm pretty sure obsolete by the mid-'50's, when he wrote this; and, a lot more significantly, 2) the notion of Jones seeing a year into the future was not quite believable. Hard to picture anyway--and fraught with some paradox (what's he mean when at one point he says: "In the last year the weeds had grown six feet high"?). Jones does manage to change things even though he says everything is fixed; then at the ...more
I'm just going to come out and say this: legendary science fiction author or not, this novel is an awful, incoherent mess.

Let's see, we have post-nuclear war, dystopia, space exploration & planetary colonization, genetic engineering, mutants, precognition, revolution,... and oh yeah, aliens!

And it's all pretty much tossed into a blender to make a meatball fudge ripple milkshake.

For all that, it still feels like there are missing pieces, the what's and whys.
This was a really good early Philip K Dick novel. It reminded me how much I really enjoy his books. It was fairly straight forward, there were mutants, a man who could see a year into the future and amoeba like aliens, and a post-apocalyptic totalitarian government built along the lines that everything was valid. Despite being quite a positive story it had some really quite depressing parts, the club where the wife did heroin and hermaphrodites had sex was pretty horrendously despair filled. Lik ...more
Ebru Çökmez
Aug 16, 2016 Ebru Çökmez rated it it was ok
İyi bir bilim-kurgu okuyucusu herhangibir PKD romanına başlarken emindir ki öykü orjinal fikirlerle doludur. The World Jones Made (Türkçe'ye Yaratılan Dünya diye çevrilmiş) bu açıdan beklentileri karşılasa da metnin edebi-kurgusunun zayıf kaldığı aşikar. Bölümlerarası geçişlerde kopukluk yaşanıyor ve neden-sonuç ilişkisini satır arası boşluklardan arayıp çıkarmanız gerekiyor. Romana mesafemin asıl nedeni ise kitap kahramanları ile bağ kuramamış olmam. Okurken yerimi ne geleceği gören Jones'un ne ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Marta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philip-k-dick, 2015
I had to read this book twice to fully get it. It may have been because I rushed through the first reading, but whatever the reason I needed to go through some parts of the story again to fully enjoy or understand them after knowing how it would all end.

From the start, I felt something was off in this book. We are introduced to the "Venusians" in the first chapter... and we don't hear another word about them until the end of the book. This made me keep looking for them in every chapter, wanting
Scott Holstad
Jul 05, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it liked it
A decent book, but not a great PKD book. It's about Floyd Jones, a precog who can see exactly one year into the future and as a result has to live events out twice, once in his visions and once in his reality. It's also about Cussick, a Fedgov security agent (cop) who spots Jones at a freak show, displaying his talent by reading fortunes. He turns Jones in to be processed, as such people are typically sent to forced labor camps for life, but Jones is released upon the realization that everything ...more
Aug 25, 2008 Neal rated it liked it
Philip K. Dick's novels are like fever dreams. You are immersed in a futuristic world that is familiar in some respects and utterly unfathomable in others. Before you can steady yourself in the quicksand of this alternate universe, you are rushed headlong into a series of events that don't add up and introduced to characters whose backgrounds and motivations are murky at best. Eventually, pieces come together, but just when you think the novel will provide a conventional climax, the story takes ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Dick published this one in 1956 and didn't give "life as we know it" much time. A devastating world war breaks out in the 1970's, but humankind proves remarkably resilient. By the mid 1990's, when the story begins, we are already zipping around town in airborne taxis and traveling cross country in the matter of an hour or so. "Relativity" is the accepted philosophy of the day, and I found it one of Dick's vaguer concepts. People now can do most anything they want, but they must let others as wel ...more

Jones, first name Floyd, is able to see the future. He is a tormented misfit in a strictly controlled postnuclear world. The military controls society and it is forbidden to even dream of a better world. The ruling philosophy, Relativism, has made right and wrong irrelevant; basically anything goes except for dreaming about the good old days or even about any different kind of days.

Cussick works in security for the FedGov and comes into conflict with Jones, because the man has somewhat unintenti
May 27, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great classic 50's "pulp" SF that I picked up for $2.00. (Original paperback cover price was 40¢ in 1967, a reprint of the 1956 paperback)

Dick's second published novel, written when he was 26 (though probably the eight novel he wrote), and already very good. Lots of overlapping cool SF ideas, and already some familiar Dick tropes (mildly sentient household appliances, flying driverless cars, mild precognition, young women with short, dark hair who distract the older married male protragonist), a
Aug 17, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A remarkably below par novel from the usually solid Philip K Dick. It attempts to deal with a variety of topics from the question of free will versus a pre-destined timeline, political factionalism, police states etc... The disappointing thing is that rather than confronting one of those issues conclusively, it feels very much like each issue is a thread from a badly woven rug that never seems to reach anywhere or do anything conclusively.

Everything feels incidentally murky, unresolved and uncom
Feb 08, 2015 David rated it liked it
Writing reviews on Philip Dick's works is unsettling and leaves one open for all sorts of criticism - it is hard to encapsulate all the ideas he floated in each novel. He was a master of conceptual thinking and a great writer of science fiction and futuristic thought. He considered notions and concepts that most authors would kill to be able to have as original thought let alone be able to put them into the public thought pool as worthwhile and interesting fiction.

'The World Jones Made' is a sto
Michael A
Dec 13, 2015 Michael A rated it liked it
I suspect I will be handing out a few 3-star ratings over the next few PKD novels.

This one's main point of interest is that there literally is a man who can see the future while living in the past -- this means that he is a very powerful man who has God-like control over everything around him; this includes the power to manipulate people and change the world into his own version of what he wants. And he does, of course. Part of the reason he is so successful, however, is that his followers have
Marek Pawlowski
Jest to jedna z pierwszych powieści P. K. Dicka i pewnie przez to jest ona dość chaotyczna. Jest w niej spora ilość wątków oraz pomysłów, które moim zdaniem nie zostały w pełni wykorzystane, chociażby rządy i społeczeństwo „relatywistów”. Została ukazana dość typowa sprzeczność: ustrój społeczny, który zakazuje narzucania swojej woli zarazem cynicznie narzuca brak jej narzucania. Jednakże poza tym drobnym przemyśleniem cała analiza jak społeczeństwo funkcjonowałoby przy takiej polityce została n ...more
Aug 16, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pkd
In a future world where anything can be said, unless it is the truth. Such is relativism. Only by adherence to this philosophy,can another devastating world war be prevented. Now if this isn't a PKD setting, I don't know what is.

This book, one of this earlier ones, is still a little rough for those unfamiliar to PKD. The story and elements however, are more than enough to keep the reader interested. Separate story lines and provocative sub-themes are woven together and provoke the reader's thoug
Jan 02, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
The World Jones Made is a world that seems to be entirely populated by everything that makes a PKD novel so great: it's got mutants, weird alien life forms, psychics, totalitarian governments with oppressive police forces, and the overall decline of the human race. And yet, it all fits together really well in a mere 200 pages.

The book is a pretty short read, but not always an easy one. The beginning is really interesting, but that interest eventually fades as it goes along. Largely because, much
Jul 19, 2016 Peter rated it liked it
An early effort from Dick, this is not as good as much of his later work. Many themes that would be focal points of later books (mass consumption of drugs, religion, fascism, fate, existentialism, etc.) are combined here, but it often reads like several completely different stories that coud be taking place independently of each other.

The main story follows the rise of a man with pre-cognitive abilities from a carnival fortune teller to a cult-like dictator. Dick's setting largely overshadows t
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Not too impressed by this one. I'll write more after we record the podcast discussion for SFF Audio.
Dec 05, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
I didn't care much for this book. There were several clever ideas here, but the execution leaves something to be desired. I found the idea of a government based on the idea of enforced moral relativism to be implausible. I did think the idea of an alien life-form based on asexual reproduction like pollen was pretty clever, as was the problem of trying to kill someone who has certain knowledge of their future. The Venusian sub-plot was not critically related enough, and I found that plotline disr ...more
Locke Erasmus
Jan 19, 2014 Locke Erasmus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a typical Dick book, If it doesn't have Violence it has drugs, if there's no manic characters there's some mutant people. Make things short, I like it!

This book is set on a world where a nuclear war has taken placed, has, this is a post-nuclear society where mutants are an everyday phenomenon. Jones is one of them, a mutant with a powerful precog - a vision to the future exactly one year ahead and he has forseen "drifters" that would "invade" humanity as he has forseen. He's only go
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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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“Un bicchiere di birra alle sei del mattino è male. Un piatto di farinata è orribile alle otto di sera. Ai miei occhi, lo spettacolo dei demagoghi che mandano a morire milioni di persone, condannando il mondo alla deriva tra guerre sante e spargimenti di sangue, distruggendo intere nazioni in virtù di una "verità" religiosa o politica è…» scrollò le spalle. «Osceno. Schifoso. Comunismo, fascismo, sionismo opinioni di individui assolutisti inculcate a interi continenti. Senza che questo abbia niente a che fare con l'onestà del condottiero. O dei seguaci. Il fatto che ci credano rende la cosa ancor più oscena. Il fatto che possano uccidersi a vicenda o morire volontariamente per discorsi insensati…» Si interruppe. «Le vedi le squadre di ricostruzione; sai che potremo dirci fortunati se riusciremo mai a riedificare.» «Ma la polizia segreta… sembra talmente spietata e… be', cinica.» Lui annuì. «Suppongo che il Relativismo sia cinico. Sicuramente non è idealista. È il punto d'arrivo di chi è stato ucciso, ferito, ridotto in miseria e a lavorare duramente per le vuote parole. È il prodotto delle generazioni che gridavano slogan, marciavano con le vanghe e le armi, cantavano e scandivano inni patriottici, rendevano omaggio alle bandiere.» «Ma voi le sbattete in prigione. Queste persone che non sono d'accordo con voi - non permettete loro di dissentire… guarda il ministro Jones.» «Jones può benissimo dissentire. Può credere a quello che vuole; può credere che la terra è piatta, che Dio è una cipolla, che i bambini nascono nelle buste di plastica. Può avere l'opinione che preferisce; ma quando comincia a spacciarla per Verità Assoluta…» «Lo sbattete in prigione» disse Nina rigida. «No» la corresse Cussick. «Tendiamo la mano, diciamo semplicemente: dimostra o stai zitto. Conforta i fatti quello che vai dicendo. Se vuoi dire che gli ebrei sono la radice di tutti i mali - devi provarlo. Lo puoi dire, se riesci a dimostrarlo. Altrimenti, fila ai lavori forzati.»” 0 likes
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