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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,724 ratings  ·  182 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 made ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published June 29th 1993 by Vintage (first published 1956)
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Glenn Russell
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Originally published in 1956 when the author was a mere twenty-eight years old, The World Jones Made contains a bushel basket full of Philip K. Dick's signature sf wackiness. The novel also features an eerie foreshadowing of Pastor Jim Jones and the 1978 mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. Holy hair-raising! PKD's Floyd Jones - even the same last name. Uncanny and creepy in the extreme.

We're in a future time in the aftermath of a vast nuclear worldwide war. Jones is a major thread
Dec 15, 2012 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
Susan Budd
I want to read all six of Philip K. Dick’s 1950’s science fiction novels and this is my second.

The World Jones Made is like four different stories stitched together by a plot that serves little purpose other than to stitch those four stories together. So instead of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, the whole is nothing more than the sum of its parts. However, some of those parts are amazing.

First there is the philosophical backdrop of relativism. Philip K. Dick posits a
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi
This isn't eggsactly (prior readers will get my pun) a classic PKD novel, but it has some rather interesting ideas scattered within it. Or upon it.

It's almost hermaphroditic in its construction. lol

OKAY, fine, I'll stop being weird.

This world that Jones made is brought about by a one-year foreknowledge of his own life. It's always one year ahead in time, too, so when the alien invasion comes, Jones gathers a ton of followers who believe in him and his vision of how to save the world.

Jones is
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: american, scifi, fiction, 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
Tristram Shandy
“[A] man with infinite power. A man with infinite hatred.”

If you really want to get to know such a man, I suggest you shake hands with Floyd Jones, rural prophet, the man with the plan, in fact the man who does not need any plan at all because he is gifted with the curse, or cursed with the gift, of precognition. And therefore, he knows exactly what the future will bring – as long as it happens within the span of one year, which is as far as he can see into the mists of time. Jones is a bitter
Aug 18, 2011 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 ...more
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
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gregg_press-own
A new introduction by Glenn Chang. With a frontispiece by Hannah Shapero.

Note: This is not a library copy.

Reprint of the 1956 Ace double (D-150.).

Philip K. Dick’s second science-fiction novel, written in late 1954.

PKD, as he himself writes: "In my stories, and especially in the novel {JONES}, it placed the character in a closed loop, a victim of his own determinism; he was compelled … to enact later what he foresaw earlier, as if by previewing it he was destined to fall victim to it, rather
Jack Stovold
Jun 03, 2012 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
Feb 28, 2016 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
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 ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

There's greatness in the book, but there's some seriously questionable moments too. As classic PKD goes, it's one of his earlier novels and I could see glimpses of the style which would mature so successfully later on. Here though, we have tons of ideas but, I thought, not enough book to hold them all! The World Jones Made is short yet combines three strong storylines - to which other authors would probably given a book apiece. The eponymous
Apr 17, 2014 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
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
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.
Oct 23, 2011 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
Mar 22, 2013 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
Aug 21, 2016 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
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Page 134: thing spelt thhing
Page 194: most spelt mose

It started off alright, got better as it went on

Jones precognition is a massive hole: he should be having perception of perceiving a year into the future in a year, giving two year's notice. & so on. & the whole issue of how would things work out if someone asked whether they'd say heads or tails, & then said opposite of what he said. See also The Halting Problem. I was hoping it'd stick to 'general future'

Writing could've been
Davide Nole
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally Dick surprise me again with the first book I (chronologically) hear him talking about precogs.
This is a nice adventure in a possible-dystopic world where the ruler can predict the future, and thus guide everyone to the best possible future... or are we sure of it.
Colonization of planets is also a reality in this world and that makes the universe in this PKD's novel really compelling and interesting.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Read on a return train journey to Hackney, this is a slight but fun story about prophecy, predestination, aliens...oh yeah, and extremist regimes.
Scott Holstad
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: philip-k-dick, sci-fi
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

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
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
Aug 25, 2008 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
Chris Johnson
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),
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. ...more
Printable Tire
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Plotwise, this book sort of sucks, and is all over the place- a precog who can see vastly into the future, drifting weird aliens, yet another oppressed society- but I just sort of loved how all these loose ends roamed around together. I can't remember which oppressive society it was this time, but Dick was great at really haunting "endless blackness of Death" scenes (there is another great but brief one in Solar Lottery) and the one in this one was killer.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Not too impressed by this one. I'll write more after we record the podcast discussion for SFF Audio.
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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. ...more
“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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