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Lies, Inc.

3.2  ·  Rating Details ·  2,065 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
A masterwork by Philip K. Dick, this is the final, expanded version of the novella The Unteleported Man, which Dick worked on shortly before his death. In Lies, Inc., fans of the science fiction legend will immediately recognize his hallmark themes of life in a security state, conspiracy, and the blurring of reality and illusion. This publication marks its first complete a ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 9th 2004 by Vintage (first published 1966)
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Jan 28, 2016 Lyn rated it it was ok
Back in the first set of Saturday Night Live, the original (and funniest ensemble) that featured Bill Murray, John Belushi and Dan Akroyd, in 1979, Steve Martin made one of his many guest appearances. To the tune of a hokey piano accompaniment, Martin walks out onto the stage wearing a Hawaiian shirt and peers out into the audience, beyond the camera and asks in a country bumpkin twang: “What the hell is that?” He looks querulous, perplexed, confused but curious and asks again, “What is that ...more
Jack Tripper
Jan 31, 2016 Jack Tripper rated it it was ok
Wow, what an unmitigated disaster this was. What starts out as a pretty typical PKD tale, if a bit straightforward for him, descends into a hallucinogenic mess that was impossible for me to wade through. This is an expansion (rejected by his publisher) of his 1966 novella, The Unteleported Man, which I'd never read, but I have to imagine it makes more sense than this.

The story here, about a man who decides to take an interstellar trip to a supposed "paradise" planet to see if it really is parad
Dec 21, 2015 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
"If you are wise, Matson said to himself grimly, you never take one-way trips. Anywhere. Even to Boise, Idaho...even across the street. Be certain, when you start, that you can scramble back."
-- Philip K. Dick, Lies, Inc.


The novel was originally published as a novella titled 'The Unteleported Man' in the Amazing-Fantastic back in 1964. The publisher rejected his original expansion idea, which was later added back in (about 1/2 through Chapter 8). If you are reading this going "WTF" you are proba
Kat  Hooper
Dec 08, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

In the early 21st century, Earth has become overcrowded and has begun to look toward space as a potential new home. Only one habitable planet has been found — Whale’s Mouth — and it’s said to be a paradise. Rachmael ben Applebaum’s company has developed a spaceship that will take settlers there, but the trip takes 18 years. Just as business is about to begin, it’s undercut by Trails of Hoffman, Inc., a company who has developed a new teleporting technology
Charles Dee Mitchell
Feb 12, 2013 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it it was ok
Shelves: mid-century-sf
Over the past year I have read I think 15 PKD novels in more or less chronological order. I have read some good ones, some bad ones, some sloppy ones, and a couple of brilliant ones. Lies, Inc. is the first I have read the pissed me off. A certain level of incoherency comes with the PKD territory, and keeping up with what he is thinking and typing furiously onto the page is part of the fun. But this time out, he creates an irritating mess.

This novel had a chaotic publication history, and it's pr
Oct 27, 2012 Gregory rated it really liked it
If you don't have some time to dedicate to this novel then don't bother picking it up. The amount of detail is abstract on it's own. The story is very typical of Dick - Nazis won the big one - everyone has a German sounding name - teleportation devices with unknown destinations - otherworldly soldiers that shoot LSD tipped darts and send your brain to another dimension - Yah its all there - classic Dick. Oddly enough this was originally titled the unteleported man and it was the first title of ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it
Of all the sci-fi novels by cult author Philip K. Dick, "The Unteleported Man"--in its later, expanded version known as "Lies, Inc."--has the most complicated publishing history. Those who are interested in the minutiae of this nearly 40-year saga are advised to seek out Paul Williams' afterword in the currently available Vintage edition. In a nutshell, let's just say that "The Unteleported Man" first saw the light of day in the December '64 issue of "Fantastic" magazine and then in one of those ...more
You know the face only a mother could love? This is a book only a serious PKD fan could complete. It's a shame because the premise is such a grabber: a company offers ongoing transportation to a paradise planet in another solar system, except it's only one-way, and someone gets it into their head that the paradise planet must not be all they claim if they don't let anyone come back, so he decides to head there in a regular ship so he can come back to expose the company.

Spoilers ahead! Believe me
Lisabet Sarai
Jul 23, 2015 Lisabet Sarai rated it liked it
Lies, Inc. is an incoherent mishmash, studded with brilliant ideas. Given the history of this novel (covered in an excellent Afterword in my edition), this isn't surprising. The book began life as a novella entitled The Unteleported Man. Dick was asked to expand the novella to novel length. He wrote new material and revised the existing work several times. However, the main chunk of expansion material wasn't even published until after his death, and at this point, nobody knew exactly where in th ...more
Jack Stovold
Dec 04, 2012 Jack Stovold rated it really liked it
My Philip K. Dick Project

Entry #35 - The Unteleported Man / Lies, Inc. (written Nov. 1964-Mar. 1965, published Sep. 1964)

Wow! Now this is a MESS. A glorious mess, yes, but still a mess.
In fact, I'd been kind of dreading dealing with the whole The Unteleported Man / Lies, Inc. problem. (See, I don't even know what to call it.).
Actually, scratch that. For the rest of the review, I'll be using Lies, Inc. as that was what Dick titled it during his final rewrite. For PKD fans who are interested i
Felix Zilich
Nov 20, 2011 Felix Zilich rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
Спустя всего десять лет после Нюрнбергского процесса фашизм в Германии был успешно восстановлен. Буквально за считанные годы лидеры Новой Единой Германии смогли не только стереть с лица земли угрожавших “холодной войной” коммунистов и китайцев, но и стать второй по могуществу державой мира. Следующей целью возрожденного рейха стала ликвидация демографической проблемы. Для этой цели германские ученые изобрели телепортацию и начали массовое заселение утопической колонии на Китовой Пасти - девятой ...more
Ira Nayman
Aug 21, 2013 Ira Nayman rated it really liked it
I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy these days. I’m looking, as always, for books that will surprise and delight me. What I usually get are books that are competently written, with reasonably solid characters and an easily comprehensible plot. They are often driven by a strong idea. But, because they are largely small variations on well worn subjects, they hold few surprises, which does not delight me.

Philip K. Dick’s Lies, Inc. is a deeply flawed book. But, it was full of surprises – o
Aug 27, 2016 Tony rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
LIES, INC. (1964). Philip K. Dick. ***.
First, a word about this book: It was first published in a magazine form under the title, “The Unteleported Man.” Dick then wrote additional material for a proposed book form, but he died before it could be included. The book ultimately published was the same as in the magazine. This edition was formatted in 1983 and 1984 to include the additional material, but ended up being the same as the original publication – save for a few additions by John Sladek. Al
Jul 26, 2015 R. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
PKD's Go Set a Watchman, his Pale King, his Original of Laura - take your pick, or pick 'em all. His last novel, an unfinished, incomplete and etcetera rework of a novella from the 1960s. For some reason, a coherency eluded him -- it was as if he was translating another reality by throwing cricket bones and consulting a mistranslated I Ching and filtering it all through dreams and drugs. But, God bless him, it often works! To my satisfaction, at least. Your mileage, she will vary - sometimes it ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Mark rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
Disappointing. The afterword, which I wish had been the foreword, explained that this was Dick's expansion of an earlier novel, The Unteleported Man. The original novel, a mere 100 pages, was the part I liked. The added-on section (another 100 pages), which Dick inserted into the middle of the book, started exactly where I started to lose interest in the book. His obsession with LSD, hallucinations, and subjective experience--usually interesting in books like A Scanner Darkly, Do Androids Dream ...more
Printable Tire
Mar 16, 2008 Printable Tire rated it it was ok
Utterly retarded.
Jun 22, 2008 Don rated it it was ok
Following a nuclear exchange between the U.S.A and the U.S.S.R, the Neues Einige Deutschland (New Whole Germany) rises as a superpower and takes control of the U.N., whose authority is supreme in a world lacking strong East and West powers. Although there are space colonies throughout the solar system, the world is suffering from crippling overpopulation. The harsh conditions on most of the worlds and moons in the solar system make emigration unattractive, until a German corporation--Trails of ...more
Frank Hays
Jul 20, 2011 Frank Hays rated it it was ok
Over time, Dick fans come to recognize that his books often involve reality dissolving and recreating itself in a way (or multiple ways) that to not strictly make sense. This is the dissolution of reality we are talking about here and it is completely acceptable that it would not do so in an orderly manner. At his best, what Dick gives in return for this acceptance is not only a fictional alternate universe in which paranoid fantasies can be considered as real as anything but the unsettling ...more
David Hallman
May 31, 2012 David Hallman rated it did not like it
For fans of Phillip K. Dick, this posthumously compiled novel, works with many of the themes common to most of Dick’s work. Reality, para-worlds, paranoia, and government conspiracy all manifest themselves in the final published novel, but unlike other more recognized titles, fails to draw these themes together coherently enough to make for a pleasurable reading experience. More than half of the text is devoted to discerning the variety of different para-worlds that characters perceive, reaching ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Ross rated it liked it
I liked this book all in all, but I almost quit midway through due to some weird trippy tangent the author went on about LSD trip dreams. I know it was the 60's and hat was perhaps considered art in their day, drop acid and describe what you see, but I guess I am over it. It seemed totally unnecessary to the story as a whole. Up until that point it was engaging, straightforward but still surprising, an interesting forecast of the world given the understanding that was possessed by people in the ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Denis rated it liked it
Shelves: softcover
Every time, after I read a PKD novel, I always feel as if I have been thrown down a rabbit hole. But with this one, "Lies Inc." after the halfway point, - I do have a copy of the the ACE "Unteleported Man" and read that first, but really wanted to read the full version - I was continuously derailing. I kept staring over the second half after about thirty pages in or so - four times I did this. Lost in his woods really... I so want to grok this novel, but couldn't seem to keep it straight. It's ...more
May 30, 2010 Leigh-ann rated it liked it
I found this book somewhat bewildering. It started off with a fascinating, original premise and then it abruptly veered off course so badly it was almost as if two different books had been slapped together. They managed to converge again at the end, but the middle of the book was awkward and kind of, well, bad. It turns out it wasn't just my imagination at work: "Lies, Inc." started out as a novel, but Dick's publisher at the time insisted he split it into two separate short stories. Even though ...more
Oct 18, 2008 Ero rated it liked it
Shelves: from-liberry
A very strange book- apparently reconstituted long after Dick's death from the novella The Unteleported Man (a typical early-60s PKD piece involving a cosmic conspiracy, a nebbishy anti-hero, and various layers of illusion), and Dick's own later attempts at expanding it into something larger.

Supposedly this is the version with all the fragments in the correct order, but it still seems as if at least a chapter or two is completely missing, and the end section seems bizarrely grafted on after a m
Jul 07, 2012 Andrea rated it it was ok
What the hell was that?

Lies, Inc., is a good PKD novella with another, previously discarded novella smashed into the middle by some editor after his death. The result is an incomprehensible, LSD-soaked carousel of randomness. Not a fun trip--a messy one.
Jonathon Flores
Sep 09, 2010 Jonathon Flores rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This book will blow you away from its intrigue. It does get quite complex toward the second half of the book. Philip K Dick knew how to create an original, truly imaginative story.
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
good, but I definitely prefer the original novella this was based on, Unteleported Man
Peter Keough
Jun 13, 2014 Peter Keough rated it really liked it
Wildly overwritten in places (which may be part of it's charm), it starts out like a typical PKD provocation and ends up like a polymorphic brain-addling sci-fi phantasmagoria by William Burroughs.
Jan 13, 2013 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first PKD read and could be my last unless some trusted source makes a stellar recommendation to undo this damage.
Nov 20, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I love a good old weird mind bending science fiction story.
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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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