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À Espera do Ano Passado

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  3,681 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Dr. Eric Sweetscent has problems. His planet is enmeshed in an unwinnable war. His wife is lethally addicted to a drug that whips its users helplessly back and forth across time -- and is hell-bent on making Eric suffer along with her. And Sweetscent's newest patient is not only the most important man on the embattled planet Earth but quite possibly the sickest. For Secret ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published September 2004 by Editorial Presença (first published 1966)
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Glenn Russell

Welcome to the science fiction world of Philip K. Dick’s 1966 novel, Now Wait for Last Year. We are plunged into the teeth of a mid-21st century interplanetary war: Lillistar, (human-like beings with superhuman strength) vs reggs (human-size semi-mechanical bugs) and Terra (Planet Earth) as a potential big player in the outer space battles. Main characters feature Kathy Sweetscent, who occupies a key upper-echelon post at TF&D, a San Diego based company manufacturing wiring for interplanetar
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Darwin8u
"Life is composed of reality configurations so constituted. To abandon her would be to say, I can't endure reality as such. I have to have uniquely special easier conditions."

- Philip K. Dick (in Now Wait for Last Year)

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This is a book for married couples (having difficulties), suicides, drug addicts, politicians, and time travelers -- and it just happens to be one of my favorite PKD novels ever (although ever with Philip Kindred Dick is always a fluid thing).

'Now Wait for Last Year' is something
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Earth is allied with the planet Lilistar against the alien Reegs. Gino Molinari, the leader of Earth’s forces, has just hired Eric Sweetscent as his personal physician. For his new job, Eric has to leave his wife Kathy, who has just become addicted to a new hallucinogenic drug. Eric is glad to leave, though, because he and Kathy aren’t getting along.

When Eric arrives at Gino Molinari’s side, he finds that the man has some strange health issues. At first Er
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Sandy
A virtual compendium of many of Philip K. Dick's pet themes, tropes and obsessions, "Now Wait For Last Year," the author's 17th published sci-fi novel, originally appeared as a Doubleday hardcover in 1966. (As revealed in Lawrence Sutin's biography on Dick, the novel was actually written as early as 1963 and rewritten two years later.) Phil was on some kind of a roll at this point in his career, having recently come out with the masterpieces "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" and "Dr. Blood ...more
Chloe
It's a strange feeling when you think you have an author pegged and then they go ahead and publish something straight out of left field. It's like Michael Jordan playing baseball, Lou Reed making a record with Metallica, or Michael Bay directing a Victorian drama. It just seems odd, like you've awakened in a world that is not entirely yours any more. This was entirely my feeling for the first hundred pages or so of Dick's Now Wait for Last Year, the third entry in his Library of America collecti ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Dick's misogyny is at full-bore here (PKD's works are so bound up in his own life and experiences that it helps, if you plan to read a considerable amount of his work, to get hold of a good biography like Lawrence Sutin's Divine Invasions and try and correlate the themes and issues in his books with what was going on in his rather messy and chaotic life at the time). So are his explorations of the nature of reality and time, the effects of weird drugs and his deep engagement with ethics, somethi ...more
Ubik
Sep 24, 2014 Ubik rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Ubik by: Just going through the PKD bibliography-about the 5th one that I
Shelves: own
Absolute favorite PKD. Experimental drugs, lucid (non physical) time travel, mental institutions, ahhh greatness. I would give a more thorough review, but its been a few years since Ive read it + someone perma-borrowed my copy
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Matt
It is pretty remarkable that I can say that this is my least favorite Philip K. Dick novel of the six I've read, but still give it four stars. My primary criticism is that it just takes too long to get rolling. For the first few chapters, it was hard to get a feel for the novel or really know where it was headed. It was until about the 80 page mark that it started to really find its feet, and become another really good Philip K. Dick novel.

Now Wait for Last Year tells the story of Eric Sweetscen
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Charles Dee Mitchell
I hate it when this happens. I try out a brand new hallucinogenic drug only to find out that it is addictive after a single use. Then, while suffering withdrawals, I'm offered help only if I agree to spy on my estranged husband who is now special physician to the ailing Sec. Gen of the United Nations, Gino Molinari. I take more of the drug to get me through the trip to the White House in Cheyenne, Wyoming, only to discover that the drug messes not only with my sense of time but with time itself. ...more
Dave Lefevre
This isn't one of my favourite PKD works. In fact, I believe this is the 2nd time I have read it and the first time it made little or no impression on me.

There are a lot of problems in this one. One of the criticisms of PKD's overall body of work is his trouble with female characters. The complaints range from that he simply doesn't do them well to that he is a total misogynist. This is probably because of characters like this book's Kathy Sweetscent. She has no redeeming features at all and rea
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Diletta
Come poteva non piacermi? Da brava fissata con i viaggi nel tempo, il tema del passato, i mondi paralleli... Beh, il mio ragazzo non è certo uno stupido e anche stavolta mi ha consigliata benissimo. La storia è perfetta. Perfetta, in ogni minimo dettaglio, sfumatura e parola. La trama non è la solita zolfa sul viaggio temporale (lasciamo stare che è un romanzo di Dick per il momento), o meglio, non c'è uno dei soliti meccanismi visti e rivisti (che io da brava fissata apprezzo comunque eh). No, ...more
Badb
Puntuación? 3/3.5
JJ-180, uno de los personajes principales, una droga de efectos alarmantes.

La droga, cuyo origen es desconocido, además de su tremenda adicción, tiene increíbles propiedades consistentes en proyectar a su consumidor hacia el pasado y, en unas pocas ocasiones, hacia un futuro alternativo, pero desde donde se puede regresar una vez pasado el efecto y donde se puede cambiar ese presente, el de origen u otro nuevo

Conspiración, políticos que son capaces de todo por seguir en su car
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Carmine D'Agostino
Questa volta Dick offre un romanzo sottilmente ironico tratteggiando una feroce parodia dei protagonisti della seconda guerra mondiale.
Il dittatore Benito Mussolini incarnato dal flaccido e irresponsabile Gino Molinari, mentre la Germania sotto il terzo Reich è rappresentata dai lilistariani.
Tutto questo diventa il solito pretesto per condannare l'utilizzo di droghe ed il conseguente distacco dalla realtà.
Geniali come al solito alcune intuizioni "futuristiche" come la rappresentazione della citt
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Sarah
I've spent a day, basically, trying to determine what I make of this one. I read a lot of Philip K. Dick when I was in my late teens, and I specifically remember trying to read this one twice - and giving up before I got very far in at all. In fact, I'm pretty sure video evidence exists of me reading this book at community college. This time, more than a decade later, I decided to try it again as one of Brilliance Audio's rapidly-expanding range of PKD audiobooks - and although I finished it, an ...more
David Anderson
Suppose there was an hallucinogenic drug that allowed you to travel through time. Most travel into the past but a select few can travel into the future. But better than this, the drug allows some access to alternate realities, alternate universes, alternate space-time continuums with different histories. The only problem is this drug is highly addictive and highly toxic. Still, how might a savvy world leader use this drug to his advantage in an 3-way intergalactic war in which Terra seems to be ...more
Matt
My favorite of the 7 PKD books I've read so far. Eric Sweetscent is easily one of his most likable, human characters, and you develop real respect and empathy for him as he jumps through dimensions, tries to save the planet, and justifies saving his marriage in the face of every reason not to. I really didn't expect a "love will save us all" story from Dick, given the nihilism of books like Martian Time Slip or Dr. Bloodmoney, but this may be as simple as that.
Turok Tucker
Philip K. Dick deals in ideas, inclinations, and large themes; which is why his works are aging much better than the big three in science fiction. He inserts conapts, wheels, artiforgs as constant plot devices. There tends to be a rich, ancient, man who has some power in all affairs. There is the pinnacle of virile military leadership, and masculinity in a pseudo-president. Then there is Philip K. Dick, in whatever state his mind was in at the time, wondering through his devices at his current p ...more
L.
While Dick is no stranger to deconstructing conventional notions of time he does it threefold (at least) in this novel. It is one of his more action-packed endeavors (like his short story "The Variable Man") while dealing with temporal perception in an extremely thoughtful and playful way.
He also manages to place the earth in an incredible bind that begs the reader's compassion and stimulates the intellect: Which alien race can we trust when two appear, bringing their ancient fight to our plane
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Michael Woodman
Politically marketed drug addiction. Intersecting, self-nullifying timelines. Precogs. Intensely paranoid characters. Human alienation within relationships, while the real aliens, (the Starmen and the Reegs) form much less of the canvas, despite the plot ostenibly focussing on a gigantic interplanetary act of political chicanery.

It paves the way for Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and Martian Time Slip - with moments of brilliance and humour that are remarkable - but I begin to realise what f
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Denis
It was a standard, possibly, forgettable PKD novel but worth a read. If you started with this one, just know that, as far as reading PKD's work, it gets better. This had all the right elements of but came off as typical.

And that's all I've got to say about that, yet I savoured every word while I read it.

Ian
LOVED this one. Any PKD fans know he can be hit-or-miss, but you really can't go wrong with many of the short stories or any of the novels compiled in the three Library of America anthologies. Even then, the 'bad' or 'not-as-good' books still have cool ideas and trippy concepts that make them worth reading.
The wacky drug in this book was so cool. I need to make a running list of all of the made-up drugs in PKD novels and stories. 'JJ-180' is instantly addictive, highly toxic and makes users bou
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Neal
Every few months for the past several years, I pick up a Philip K. Dick book to read. I've read the major works by this time and I've begun to piece together his evolution of interests through his career. This book is smack in the middle in terms of themes. There are the old themes (downtrodden man looking for something new, shrewish or boring wife, dystopic society, alternate realities) and some of the newer themes (drug use, more colorful and humorous characterizations). As usual, it's a wild ...more
Suhrob
Such a nice thing to return to a dear old friend!

Now Wait for Last Year is considered second tier of classic Dick, but really this book is such a pleasure to read. It bundles up all his typical themes: Mars, drug addiction, paranoia, parallel universes, aliens with his typical quaint, cartoon-y futurism, that you simply couldn't write nowadays.

And the bleeding heart of the book is a complex, dramatic marriage with a touchingly Confucian resolution.

Also the prose felt clearer and crisper compared
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Aiyana
Classic Dick-- intriguing, weird, and never entirely resolved. I definitely enjoyed this book. Not too far out to follow, but far enough off the beaten path to require some strenuous mental hiking.

Quote of note: " 'If you or I ever realy accepted the moral responsibility for what we've done in our lifetime-- we'd drop dead or go mad.' " - Teagarden, p 64-5

I'm also very interested by the following language bit of usage: "No one could tell Mrs. Sweetscent anything [in the sense of correcting or ch
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Fons
It slowly seems to become a PKD year for me, and I like it.

Now Wait for Last Year is another typical PKD that deals with several recurring themes such as timetravel, schizophrenia and futility. So, yes, clearly not a fun and easy read. Although, as far as PKDs go, this one was rather accessible.

The setting is odd and seems to only play a minor role in the whole scheme of things. Rather, this story is feels like a test drive for timetravel that tries and tries, but just doesn't seem to be able
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Ed [Redacted]
Very good book. I will try to find time to write a more complete review in the next few days.

Tammy Witzens
As a Philip K. Dick fan, I found this book in a book exchange store and had to buy it. I really enjoyed this one. Dick takes you into a world where things aren't perfect, and introduces you to a character whose life is certainly less than perfect. Dick captures the essence of humanity when it is at its worst, and how the decisions of a single man in a difficult situation can effect everything, even if it's just relative to a single man's perception. I thoroughly enjoyed how Dick played around wi ...more
Sean Leas
I loved the premise and core story but this book I could not get into. Characters either I could not relate to or was just not interesting. The drug induced time shifting was the reason that I decided to read this volume and the cabbies of the future was an added plus, everything else in the book was a drag. The first half was waste of time then the second half seemed to pick back up to the point where I thought it had some promise, by the time the end came I felt that the plot was as lost as it ...more
George
Μπορεί να μην είναι από τα πιο γνωστά βιβλία που έγραψε ο Φίλιπ Ντικ, αλλά από άποψη παρανοϊκών ιδεών και τρελής πλοκής, σίγουρα φτάνει το επίπεδο τρέλας των πιο πολυδιαβασμένων βιβλίων του.

Είναι κάπως δύσκολο να δώσω μια περίληψη της ιστορίας που να βγάζει νόημα, αλλά θα προσπαθήσω. Είμαστε κάπου στο 2055 και η Γη είναι σε συμμαχία με τους Αστρανθρώπους του πλανήτη Λίλισταρ στον πόλεμο ενάντια στα "σκαθάρια" Ριγκς, του πλανήτη Ριγκ, έναν εχθρό άγνωστο και αδιάφορο στη Γη. Πρόεδρος της Γης είνα
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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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“Human has always striven to retain the past, to keep it convincing; there's nothing wicked in that. Without it we have no continuity; we have only the moment. And, deprived of the past, the moment - the present - has little meaning, if any.” 16 likes
“...that thing that's taken refuge there in that zinc bucket, without a wife, a career, a conapt, or money or the possibility of encountering any of these, still persists. For reasons unknown to me its stake in existence is greater than mine.” 4 likes
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