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Lies, Inc. (1979)

de Philip K. Dick

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When catastrophic overpopulation threatens Earth, one company offers to teleport citizens to Whale's Mouth, an allegedly pristine new home for happy and industrious emigres. But there is one problem: the teleportation machine works in only one direction. When Rachmael ben Applebaum discovers that some of the footage of happy settlers may have been faked, he sets out on an eighteen-year journey to see if anyone wants to come back. Lies, Inc. is one of Philip K. Dick's final novels, which he expanded from his novella The Unteleported Man shortly before his death. In its examination of totalitarianism, reality, and hallucination, it encompasses everything that Dick's fans love about his oeuvre.… (més)

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Whoo, boy. Unless you like your Philip K. Dick mixed with a heavy dose of Hunter S. Thompson, avoid this book like the plague. If you don't believe me, read the afterword first, which explains how the book went through several iterations - it's a Frankenstein's monster of parts and revisions. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
The crisis which defines the novel borders on mastubatory as one ascertains Dick's predilection towards confusion. The drug-induced stream of consciousness prose is not helpful in gaining any deeper understanding of the work. ( )
  apomonis | Jun 2, 2016 |
The premise is baller: Earth is overcrowded, an evil genius invents and then capitalizes on a one-way teleportation system to a habitable planet (Whale's Mouth) outside the solar system. Rachmael ben Applebaum surmises that the grass might not be so green on the other side of the Telpor gates and decides to take his ship out there the long way (18 year one-way trip) to see if anyone wants to join the Earthling ranks again. The teleportation syndicate's attempts to thwart his journey leave him without a deep-sleep component. Hooray! Love reading about descents into madness. Except... this was too bizarre and disjointed. Disappointing! Shockingly, the inhabitants of Whale's Mouth have been conscripted into an army with the purpose of conquering Earth (turns out the teleportation system CAN function both ways... everyone's pretty upset with themselves that they fell for the evil genius's ruse). Hopefully this is one of his worst - I like the drug-trip feel of his writing, but this was WAY garbled. ( )
  dandelionroots | Mar 14, 2015 |
An odd little book for sure, but very well written, very human and very Dickian. ( )
  rockinghorsedreams | Nov 13, 2014 |
I've read a few books by Philip K Dick before I got to Lies, Inc. Out of the seven books I've read, this one is my least favorite. If you do a bit of research on this book you will learn that this started out as a short story entitled 'The Unteleported Man' when it was first published. PKD later tried to fill it out to what he originally wanted it to be, he inserted the majority of the newer material into the middle of the story and when you read the book, you start to pick up on it pretty quickly. It just starts to get a bit complicated to understand.

In the research, it says that PKD passed away before fully finishing the changes he wanted to make and add. There were apparently a few holes that weren't completely filled and connected. Some of the pages were later found and added but there were still a couple gaps in the story that they pulled another writer to try and add a bit to make sense of it. I don't know if that really worked or if PKD should have just left well enough alone and not added in the extra text.

I really enjoyed the beginning of the book and when we got to the end of the book I really enjoyed it as well. I wonder if maybe you can just tell that the parts were written at different points in PKD's career and it just sticks out more. I also think the two parts would have worked well individually, if they'd been expanded separately and not together as one work. I don't feel the need to go into the details of the book, since it's quite apparent most readers pick up on the change quite easily.

So I'd say if you are just a casual reader and are curious about PKD, stick to his better known works. But if you are a fan of his I'd say it's probably worth a read. You may still enjoy parts of the book, like I did reading it. It also made me think of the liberties some film makers take when adapting his work, and how that could make this book work in a way. If they are inspired by it but don't do a fully faithful adaption they could make the story work well in a way that this book didn't quite do it. ( )
  princess_mischa | Sep 23, 2014 |
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When catastrophic overpopulation threatens Earth, one company offers to teleport citizens to Whale's Mouth, an allegedly pristine new home for happy and industrious emigres. But there is one problem: the teleportation machine works in only one direction. When Rachmael ben Applebaum discovers that some of the footage of happy settlers may have been faked, he sets out on an eighteen-year journey to see if anyone wants to come back. Lies, Inc. is one of Philip K. Dick's final novels, which he expanded from his novella The Unteleported Man shortly before his death. In its examination of totalitarianism, reality, and hallucination, it encompasses everything that Dick's fans love about his oeuvre.

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