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"There was simply no complete theory about time, he realized. No hypothesis by which results could be anticipated. Only experiment -- and guesswork."
- Philip K. Dick, Dr. Futurity.
One of the most "traditionally" SF novels PKD has written. This is largely due, obviously, to it being early in the PKD's output. Dr. Futurity was published in 1960 and was his 7th published novel (after Time Out of Joint and before Vulcan's Hammer).
In this novel Dick explore basic ideas of time travel, complete with "arrows". Think of the Hippocratic Oath pushed backwards and forwards in time. Probably the most interesting piece of this novel is the future civilization that keeps a static level of human beings, only allowing a new baby to be born when someone dies. PKD is quickly able to push this type of social evolution to its furthest realities or unrealities.
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This book was far different than other PKD works I have read, but in a good way. The story in this novel is SO complicated and carefully woven that you can't help but get caught up with the plot. Had this been a real book, and not an audio book, I'm positive it would have been a page-turner.
Very good narration performance as well.
9.15 / 10.0
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As an early PKD novel, there was less of the dazzling inventiveness, but the time travel narrative was plotted very well.
The sociology of the world reminds me of Ursula Le Guin