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Dr. Bloodmoney or How We Got Along after the Bomb

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  5,155 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
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Cover Artist: Jack Gaughan
Mass Market Paperback, F-337, 222 pages
Published 1965 by Ace Books
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I have absolutely no idea how this book lost its fourth star and ended up as a very strong 3. Ironically, in one respect, this was a breakthrough novel for me because something about PKD’s reality-blurring narrative style of addled consciousness really clicked with me for the first time. Now I loved The Man in the High Castle and thought that A Scanner Darkly was both original and very moving. However, my enjoyment of those works occurred despite his confused/warped non-reality format, not part
Glenn Russell
May 30, 2015 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you’ve seen the recently released Ex Machina, you know this is a super-slick film of two young men interacting with a beautiful version of AI, a great work of science fiction with such a streamlined, clear-cut, linear, easy-to-follow storyline, at the opposite end of the spectrum from, well, Philip K. Dick. Case in point: PKD’s Dr. Bloodmoney, the CRAZIEST novel I’ve ever read. Here are ten reasons why:

One -- Atom Bomb
The setting is San Francisco Bay Area. Soon after we are introduced to our
May 18, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip K. Dick's Dr. Bloodmoney Or How We Got Along After the Bomb is a post-nuclear apocalyptic dark comedy taking its title from the popular Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove. Though the novel is not related to Kubrick’s movie, the action could occur after the end of Dr. Strangelove as the world copes with life after the bombs fell. It is also vaguely reminiscent of Ayn Rand or, murkily, darkly resembling a John Steinbeck work.

Dr. Bloodmoney represents PKD’s best use of eclectic characteri
mark monday
Dick places his absurdist situations, bleak scenarios, and quirky characters within an almost pastoral post-apocalyptic san francisco-bay area. the setting is primarily a small town in marin, with everyday people slowly trying to rebuild themselves and their world. the writing is typically loose and off-kilter. results are sublime. and very strange, per usual. two oddly endearing yet threatening characters stood out for me amongst the compellingly diverse cast: Hoppy Harrington - cringing, delud ...more
May 20, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Set in the (then) near future of 1972, this 1963 novel is PKD's take on the post apocalypse subgenre of sci-fi. For my money Dick did it better than anybody else (as he often did). Grim realistic post apocalypse novels like The Road or Earth Abides are all well but they lack that patented PKD weirdness that makes his books so fascinating and entertaining.

There are actually two nuclear apocalypses in this book, the first one was caused by an accident during a nuclear weapon test, millions of peo
Jan 15, 2016 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
"In a way there are no freaks, no abnormalities, except in the statistical sense. This is an unusual situation, but it’s not something to horrify us, actually it ought to make us happy. Life per se is good, and this is one form which life takes. There’s no special pain here, no cruelty or suffering. In fact there is solicitude and tenderness."

- Philip K Dick in Dr. Bloodmoney


What do you call a man with no arms and no legs floating dead (after an atmospheric nuclear accident) in the pool?


It's a non-sequitur to say that this is an odd PKD novel, since all his novels are, but this one strikes me as different from his other books. It features an odd collection of characters trying to rebuild their lives in a post-nuclear attack world in Marin County. There are various mutations in humans and animals alike due to radiation exposure, and civilization has been taken back many decades due to the collapse of industrial society.

Unfortunately, the sense of reality-bending and realization
And so I've made it through the second of the Library of America's Five Novels of the 1960s & 70s none the worse for wear. Dr. Bloodmoney is a classic piece of 60s-style nuclear agitprop. While nearly every Philip K. Dick book that I've yet read can readily be classed as dystopian fiction, I think Dr. Bloodmoney is the work of his that comes closest to living up to the classic post-nuclear armageddon scenario envisioned in Earth Abides or A Canticle For Leibowitz. Still, this is Dick, so the ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-masterworks, sf
This is probably the weakest PKD book I've read. Not that it was especially bad, it just didn't really work for me on any level.

At no point did I find myself particularly engrossed and enjoying the story. The narrative, fragmented by numerous points of view of the disparate characters whose futures eventually become loosely entwined later on in the novel, and punctuated by random time intervals between chapters, it didn't flow well at all, especially for the first half of the novel.

Here are som
I keep hearing how great PKD is, but after 40 years of trying his works intermittently, I'm still not convinced. He's one of the few authors that I think Hollywood helps rather than harms. Nothing about this story was particularly good or compelling. It's post apocalyptic & I can think of half a dozen that did a far better job of it. None of the characters were particularly interesting, the writing was mediocre & my suspension of disbelief was sorely tried at times. The reader was pretty ...more
Tova Krakauer
Dr. Bloodmoney features Philip K. Dick's crisp writing, his chilling set of desensitized characters, and Dick's usual dystopia. There is an ocean of details in the book each of which could conceivably be the premise of a book in its own right. And Dr. Bloodmoney ends well - it's beautifully ambiguous, as is the last line of dialogue (which is really Bonny thinking to herself.) It's not a bad book.
The main problem with Dr. Bloodmoney is that it's irredeemably fractured. The book jumps from chara
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Okay, so. Trying to write about Dr Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb without spoiling the shit out of it for people who haven't read it is NIGH ON IMPOSSIBLE but I'm going to give it my best shot (especially since I know of at least one person reading this that was considering it for their next PKD read).

It's made especially difficult because I have so many highlighted passages that I want to talk about, but without the context of the book, or sufficient exp
The Crimson Fucker
I usually come to decisions during long showers… I run all this scenarios in my head… and eventually end up picking the one that “feels” better for me… I haven’t got time to take long showers lately… anyway the other night when my so call “friend” decided to delete me from his goodreads friend list I was hurt! I mean I was actually hurt! There I am thinking that this guy is just joking around and being funny when he said all those horrible things to me… I was laughing at this guy’s wits thinking ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Thank God for editors. PKD proposed two titles for this post-nuclear apocalypse novel: In Earth's Diurnal Course and A Terran Odyssey. Donald Wolheim at Ace come up with Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb. Wolheim's title might have been a flagrant effort to cash in on Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, but at least it did not include the word "diurnal," and it did give some hint to what the book is about.

This is one of the dozen or so novels PKD wrote in 1963/64, but due to the
I dont think this book is among my fav PKD books or that is one of his best written. The storytelling was not as strong as the characters.

What made it good was the regular people cast of characters that he wrote so well,so flawed, so realistic. His take on post apocalyptic was also was very strong,very weird,depressing.

Another weakness is that it felt dated at times which is unsual for PKD.
Jun 18, 2012 Cbj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DR.BLOODMONEY is a seriously disturbing post apocalyptic novel, but also pretty upbeat compared to some of the other Dick novels that I have read. The novel begins with scenes of life after some kind of nuclear war/fallout. Everyone seems to have put the war behind them and seem to be moving on with their daily city life when there are more nuclear explosions (apparently caused by a scientist who was responsible for the first nuclear fallout and now believes the whole world is out to get him).

Scott A. Nicholson
This was just weird, even for PKD standards. Doctor Bluthgeld, a physicist purportedly responsible for some terrible tragedy that aversely effected the world, develops a psychological complex similar to schizophrenia and, fearing that everyone is out to get him, wills a nuclear apocalypse to happen somehow. The story mainly follows the aftermath of this Emergency Day through a handful of characters centering on a little outoftheway suburb. The characters are diverse enough, but never reasonably ...more
Rich Meyer
Aug 09, 2015 Rich Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
For most any other author, this would have been your standard post-nuclear war survival novel - quite possibly the most cliched plot in the SF book. But with Philip K. Dick, you have a tale that rivals Alas Babylon or Earth Abides, or even a The Day After.

This story is written very realistically and isn't nearly as dated as most post-apocalyptic tales from modern authors today. It actually answers a lot of questions and covers some of the more mundane problems that communities would face after
Mar 06, 2016 Marto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro come tanti, se inserito nel panorama della produzione dell'autore.
Come suggerito nella postfazione, la grandezza di PKD "prima ancora di interpretazione, richiede complicità"(Antonio Gnoli) . E' questa complicità che permette al lettore di non stranirsi o turbarsi alla presenza di personaggi e situazioni assolutamente alienanti, surreali e disturbanti. I protagonisti sono immersi in un' atmosfera onirica, è il nostro mondo, teoricamente non esistono magie. Eppure il mondo di Cronache de
Carla Remy
Aug 09, 2012 Carla Remy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
There were some great details, funny and poignant. But somehow it didn't quite come together as a story for me. Interesting, it felt more earth-bound and near-future than many of his (takes place in 1981, written in mid-60s), almost like it would fit in with newer "dystopic" fantasies.

-El costumbrismo postapocalíptico según Dick.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En la pequeña localidad de Point Reyes sus habitantes viven una cotidianidad llena de peculiaridades que se ve interrumpida por la Tercera Guerra Mundial. En cuanto pueden, los supervivientes rehacen sus vidas, ajustando sus personalidades a la nueva situación tanto como les resulta posible (o eso creen ellos). Novela también conocida por su nombre original “Dr. Bloodmoney”, y en alguna ocasión publicada j
Jimmy Ele
I feel like some of the themes of the novel are forced, almost as if Dick is trying to force deep concepts into the novel. This novel would make a great twilight zone episode but it comes off forced and ridiculous as a novel. Maybe I have just been spoiled by Dick's other great works.

The main concept of the story is the brutality of humans in a post apocalyptic future. Also the idea that some people don't really start living their dreams until their whole world is destroyed. Another concept is
The Basics

Through the course of this story, we follow the beginning of the end of the world, then the progress of those who manage to survive it. At the center of a post-apocalyptic community is Hoppy Harrington, a physically handicapped young man with psychic powers. In this new world, he sees his chance to hold what is left of humanity under his power.

My Thoughts

That summary really only covers a portion of the story, but it’s also the most solid center of it. There are other characters we foll
David Ceballos Correa
Feb 15, 2014 David Ceballos Correa rated it it was amazing
Disfruté cada página del libro y ya se cuál va a ser el siguiente que leeré del Sr. Dick. El argumento de la novela es simple: Las bombas caen, desde el cielo o desde casa o desde el enemigo. El hecho en sí mismo es irrelevante; lo importante acá son las consecuencias. Una reflexión temprana del Dr. Stockstill es la siguiente: “Es lo impersonal lo que nos ha atacado. Eso es; nos ha atacado desde dentro y desde fuera. El fin de la cooperación, a la que nos habíamos aplicado todos juntos. Ahora no ...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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This is my new favourite Philip K Dick book. It was totally fantastic! Post-apocalyptic and apocalyptic and grand. It's confussing and intrieguing. It seems like the apocalypse has already happened and people are living in a much harsher version of 1981 and then the bombs fall. There are some brilliant and amazind descriptions of the awfullness of being bombed. The post-apocalyptic society is interesting in that it doesn't change as much as many other post-apocalyptic novels. It's an odd blend b ...more
Babak Fakhamzadeh
Oct 07, 2012 Babak Fakhamzadeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Set in post world war three era, where small pockets of remnants of civilization try to stay afloat, slowly managing to survive after nuclear weapons have leveled most of the wold. Written in 1964 and set in the mid 80s, this is one of Dicks more accessible works, but also, perhaps, one of his less interesting. The number of post apocalyptic books and movies based on a similar premise is astounding. Not that that makes this novel less impressive, it just makes it less extraordinary and, in a sen ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Dick, Philip K. DR. BLOODMONEY, or How We Got Along After the Bomb. (1965). ***. Actually, there was more than one bomb. Who bombed who was not made clear, though it didn’t really matter, only that there was profound destruction around the world. It might have even been a mistake on our part. Someone hit the wrong button and we bombed ourselves and everyone else. The scene is the Bay Area just before the bomb hits. Dr. Bluthgeld (Bloodmoney) is seen sneaking into the office of Dr. Stockstill. H ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm a big fan of Dick (wait, that came out wrong...), but I didn't like this book very much. I'm not sure exactly why, but on thinking about it now I come to the conclusion that it's largely just because it made me uncomfortable. Hoppy is a great and unique character, but he seems to have all sorts of weird implications to his origins. Even within the story, he makes people uncomfortable. It's this strange mix of the undeniable pity-producing tragedy of his situation, his complete lack of any so ...more
Mar 29, 2009 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dick is a noted Sci Fi author who likes to weave in elements of pulp fiction into reality bending sci fi. While he seems to have died more or less penniless, he is now recognized as one of the foremost science fiction writers of the 20th Century. The prescience of his work may explain why such enormous films as Bladerunner, Minority Report, Total Recall, Screamers and Scanner Darkley were all based on his writings.

In particular, his interest in the interplay between artificial worlds seems to h
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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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“I'm tired and I want to rest; I want to get out of this and go lie down somewhere, off where it's dark and no one speaks. Forever.” 36 likes
“We'll fight back, we'll fight back, we'll fight back," a man near Doctor Stockstill was chanting. Stockstill looked at him in astonishment, wondering who he would fight back against. Things were falling on them; did the man intend to fall back upward into the sky in some sort of revenge?” 8 likes
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