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Dr. Bloodmoney

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  6,520 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Dr. Bloodmoney is a post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece filled with a host of Dick's most memorable characters: Hoppy Harrington, a deformed mutant with telekinetic powers; Walt Dangerfield, a selfless disc jockey stranded in a satellite circling the globe; Dr. Bluthgeld, the megalomaniac physicist largely responsible for the decimated state of the world; and Stuart McConch ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Vintage (first published 1965)
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Glenn Russell
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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.”
― Philip K. Dick, Dr. Bloodmoney

If you’ve watched 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 C
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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

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
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
Dr Bloodmoney is one of a number of books that Philip K Dick wrote during 1963, a year in which he basically just sat in his garden shed hammering at his typewriter and snacking his way through industrial quantities of amphetamines. Many of the novels that resulted were generally considered dreck – titles such as A Crack in Space, All His Strange Bureaucracies, The Girl With Some Eyes, Faux Pas on Venus, Autistic Apostasy, Space Hens of Death, Benny Goodman's Gigantic Face, When Martians Spoke G ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, scifi, fiction, american
"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?


May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Liviu Szoke
Un roman ceva mai atipic de-al lui Philip K. Dick, ale cărui teme precum destrămarea realității sau repercusiunile pe care le poate avea consumul de droguri asupra omului nu se regăsesc aici. În schimb este tratat modul în care-și revin câteva colonii răzlețe de americani în urma unui cataclism atomic. Sumbră, întunecată, dar și cu o rază de speranță în capacitatea omului de-a-și reveni chiar și în urma celor mai înfricoșătoare grozăvii care i se pot întâmpla. Pe cât e de înduioșătoare povestea ...more
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
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
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
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Se una settimana d'estate un viaggiatore...

...non si fosse portato neanche un libro cartaceo in vacanza?
E se il supporto a disposizione di questo viaggiatore risultasse inutilizzabile in spiaggia al sole?
E se l'unica libreria (libreria si fa per dire) nel raggio d'azione del viaggiatore non offrisse niente di papabile al suddetto?
Al viaggiatore non rimarrebbe che "ravanare" tra i libri a disposizione dell'hotel in cui soggiorna, pochi, quasi tutti non in italiano (ci sarà un perché) e scovare q
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Diciamo che si conferma il mio giudizio su Dick. E' un autore che, a mio modestissimo parere, viaggia su continui alti e bassi, anche all'interno dello stesso romanzo.
La cosa si accentua in particolare nei romanzi "lunghi" mentre, al contrario, si stempera nei racconti brevi.

Trame aggrovigiliate che poi si dipanano a fatica (e non del tutto), invenzioni narrative mirabolanti a getto continuo che tendono però a complicare ulteriormente il tutto. La limpidezza della prosa poi è a tratti criptica e
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Was it Vietnam or THC which led to the paranoia? The literature of the late 60s and early 70s certainly follows the fear of Fifth Columnists of early Cold War and Red Scare. Appearances are deceptive. Advances in psychiatry and marketing challenged assumptions about autonomy. The Frankfurt School hinted that, what’s inside is just a lie. Thus the turbulence of the time gave birth to Dhalgren and Gravity’s Rainbow. I refuse to assert that Dr. Bloodmoney deserves such company. The sentiment remain ...more
May 22, 2009 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
Tova Krakauer
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
One of the wildest from Philip K. Dick's.

Soundtrack playing :
Splitting the Atom - Massive Attack


Un des plus perchés de son auteur !

Correspondance musicale :
Splitting the Atom - Massive Attack
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here.

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 ex
Charles Dee Mitchell
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mid-century-sf
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
The Crimson Fucker
Dec 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Lucian Bogdan
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mi-a plăcut mult. Philip K. Dick rămâne unul dintre autorii mei preferați, iar această frescă a modului în care omenirea a supraviețuit războiului este un exemplu elocvent al talentului său. Păcat că în limba română nu s-a păstrat și subtitlul romanului, cred că s-a pierdut din mesaj cu asta.
Daniel Afloarei
Ma așteptam la ceva mai complex. Asa, ce am primit au fost doar idei.

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A rather strange premise and feel to the book meets the usual expectations of Philip K. Dick, who is known for the weirdness.

Interesting ideas and setting with some unsettling characters I liked but didn't manage to make me love the book overall however. There was just something about this that didn't work for me, which I can't define, but regardless it was still good, just nothing special.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman extrem de deprimant, dar mult mai ancorat în realitate față de majoritatea romanelor lui Phillip K. Dick. Devine și destul de înspăimântător pe final, cumva m-a ajutat să înțeleg mai bine teama pe care o simțeau oamenii normali față de mutanți în universul X-Men.
Per total, nota 10 pentru atmosferă, dar mi-ar fi plăcut ori un număr mai mic de personaje, ori să fie mai bine definite, pentru că mai ales la început mi-a fost greu să țin pasul.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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).

Miloș Dumbraci
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nu chiar best of PK Dick, nici tocmai tipică lui (deși pe alocuri zgâlțâie nițel ”ce-i real?”), dar stranie într-un sens bun și cu niște personaje foarte bine conturate ca individualități. Fiind cam schematică și pe alocuri haotică, tindeam să-i dau 4/5. Dar apoi, out of the blue, când credeam că povestea s-a așezat pe-un făgaș, au venit fazele cu Bill și m-au dat pe spate: surprinzătoare, mind-fucking și grotești. Hell, yeah!
Bună treabă, mr PKD, tare bună!
Mohammed Abdi Osman
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.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read for the Second Best Challenge, the Apocalypse Now! Challenge, and the SF Masterworks Challenge.

Method of the world's destruction: nuclear war

I am not a fan of PKD; I think those who follow my reviews probably know that by now. I don't really get the hype. He's a good writer, but I just can't wrap my head around why everyone thinks he's such a genius. It seems to me he takes ideas that have been done by other people (with a couple of exceptions) and re-writes them in a literary style.

Also, h
Roddy Williams
‘1981. A peaceful summer’s morning – until a mad physicist triggers off the bomb…

In the nuclear aftermath strange mutants evolve in a fragmented world. Only Dangerfield, the lost astronaut, endlessly orbiting the earth with a million miles of tape, can see and hear the consequences.

And then one of the mutants decides to destroy the last link with the Old World. ‘

Blurb to the 1997 Arrow edition.

Once more Dick manages to flout the conventions of Science Fiction while exploiting its clichés in an
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Quite simply, Philip K Dick is the greatest sci-fi writer that America has ever produced. While Dr. Bloodmoney is not his best work, it is interesting on a number of counts. On one hand, there has been an exchange of H-bombs, and much of the population has died. On the other hand, society has bounced back in a small way. While there is no more electricity or gasoline or modern conveniences, a new normal has established itself -- one that is not only liveable, but at times downright bucolic.

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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
“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.” 46 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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