The Ganymede Takeover
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The Ganymede Takeover

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Earth has been taken over by a strange alien force - creatures whose instinct for survival overrides any human resistance. Then a vital weapon - with the power of electronically warping the mind - falls into the hands of a terrorist group still strong enough to oppose the aliens. A weapon so powerful that it cannot be controlled. The control of Earth is in the balance - an...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published December 1st 1977 by Ace Books (first published 1967)
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[Original review, based on dim memories of reading the book as a teen]

I thought this was one of the better Philip K. Dicks... there are some fine passages. Here's the one I found most memorable. The mad genius psychologist subjects the girl to aggressive deprogramming using total sensory deprivation, which destroys her personality. He then falls in love with her. She's not interested, but he persists.

One night, the resistance movement sneak her out, replacing her with a replica robot. The next d...more

This is just silly.

You can try making it something else – I notice a blog interpreting it as an allegory for the war in Vietnam – but it isn’t worth investing meaning into. Dick’s co-author, is in fact quoted as saying:

Since we were “only practicing” for “the big one”, we wrote the book we did in a spirit of almost hysterical hilarity, enclosing weird newspaper clippings and Beatle bubblegum cards in the installments of the ongoing story we mailed back and forth. When we met –first at his place
When I read Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore's 1946 novella "Chessboard Planet" some years back, the thought occurred to me that this story is a must-read for all fans of cult author Philip K. Dick. In the story, the United States is in the midst of a decades-long war with the European union and is in big trouble, because scientists working for the enemy have come up with a formula employing "variable constants" that can completely preempt reality. In the story's memorable opening, a doorknob opens...more
Joe Santoro
Cover Art: A black fighter craft flying over some farmland.. kinda a cool ship, but not breathtaking or anything. Only very vaguely connected to the story... they did mention some scout planes and bombers and such.

Plot: The Worm-like hive society of Ganymede has taken over the Earth, the last pocket of resistant is the 'Negro Partisans' of Tennessee under the leader of Percy X. Meanwhile, Percy's college girlfriend gets mixed up in the sensory deprivation experiments of Dr, Balkani. A plantation...more
THE GANYMEDE TAKEOVER embodies the strengths and weaknesses of most of Philip K. Dick's work. He conjuers wild and masterful ideas, yet his storytelling is sometimes sub-par at best.

In this novel, which he co-wrote with Ray Nelson, the Earth has been conquered by an alien race of worm-like beings. Nearly all of the planet is under their control except for a small group of Black Nationalists operating out of what was once, Tennessee, USA. Dick employs robots, telepathic abilities, a Bureau of Psy...more
Felix Zilich
Гигантские черви с Ганимеда захватили планету. Последний оплот человеческого Сопротивления – американский Юг, в болотах которого Черные Мусульмане во главе с телепатом Перси Х ведут отчаянную борьбу за выживание. Именно к ним отправляется известная телеведущая и коллабрационистка Джоан Хаяси, собираясь по приказу захватчиков ликвидировать их главного врага-нига. И именно к ним намерен попасть психолог Пол Риверс, в руки которого попадает последнее и самое страшное изобретение доктора Рудольфа Бо...more
Jack Stovold
My Philip K. Dick Project

Entry #37 - The Ganymede Takeover (written with Ray Nelson) (written 1964-1966, published June 1967)

Well, here we are. After mentioning Ganymede about a thousand times in his short stories and novels, Dick has finally gone all out and we have an actual gosh-darn book with Ganymede in the title, and a full-scale Ganymedean invasion. (As an aside, my favorite Ganymedean will most likely always be Lord Running Clam, the telepathic slime-mold and all-around nice guy from Cl...more
Michael Fierce
Jun 15, 2014 Michael Fierce marked it as to-read
I probably don't really want to read this but after seeing the cover and the fact it has man-eating plants, valkyries, and giant vampires (yes, you read right, GIANT vampires, and then seeing Manny and notgettingenough's reviews, if I come across it for cheap, I just might have to pick it up.
Like so many of PKD's novels, this one seems to elicit a "love it" or "hate it" response from readers. I can't say I loved it, but I enjoyed most of it, and most of it made sense (not something I can often say about PKD's longer works). I suppose it was somewhat simplistic, and as always, women are only around to betray men, to be seduced, or to be fantasized over, but it was an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.

Seriously, now... do any of PKD's books not have a description of a woman...more
Marc Manley
PKD's universe is consistent to some extent. You can see him revisiting themes over and over: the idea of precognition; worm-like aliens; women as objects [yeah...]. I am intrigued at his inclusion of Black Muslims as a resistance group [in Tennessee of all places].

Philip K. Dick covers a lot of ground in this one: Black Muslims as mankind's last hope against a race of space worms. Old world racism in the future. Human civilization. It's definitely worth a read for the PKD reader.
Moss Drake
“The Ganymede Takeover” holds together as a fun, linear and complex story. It doesn’t go to the edge as far as some Philip Dick novels, but as it promises on the back cover it truly does have a new idea on every page.
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Earl Biringer
Very difficult to find. More Nelson than Dick, not worth it for all but the most ardent Dickheads. It reads as though this guy named Ray Nelson (whi is credited as co-author in the cover and title page, but not here on GR for some reason) found an unused outling by Dick and filled it in with, well, stuff.
Paul Sargent
ahh, wonderful philip.k.dickishnesss.
A seemingly dated setting (in regards to race&women) gives way to a full blown mishmash of perception-based psychedelic headfukkery.

exactly what I have come to expect from him and I love it.
Had some really good ideas but never felt like they were fully explored.
Ben Loory
someone will hopefully explain why this is out of print.
Pete Bartel
Co-author Ray Nelson. Pretty good, light reading.
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. 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 Memo...more
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