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What if you were Thomas? Where would you go? What would you do? What if you realized every person in your life had been scripted to be there? What if you were haunted by the idea that you'd lived all these encounters before, hundreds or even thousands of times before? And what if the person watching all this time was you?
Thomas World explores what happens when the borders of reality start seeming a bit pores...when things start bleeding through the edges, challenging ones perceptions of the universe. The grand tradition of Dickian, New Wave SF is explored by Richard Cox in this 21st century thriller!
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By Michael G Kurilla on 10-30-12
Derivative (PK)Dick - malevolent matrix
With an author by the name of Richard Cox, of course a story based on the life and writings of Philip K Dick is to be expected. Thomas World is a tale about an individual who possesses many parallels to the famed sci-fi author Philip K Dick. While the tale begins with a seemingly 30 year old slacker named Thomas losing control of his life and mind, the tale gradually evolves into a series of odd coincidences including both allusion to P K Dick wiritings as well as paranoid, narcissistic delusions with some basis in fact. Central to many Dick stories as well as this one is the question of whether this universe is "real" or an artificial construct of some other intelligence. Inconsistencies with how the world and people operate become the basis for questioning and explaining all the imperfections around us that point to this presumed artificiality.
Thomas gradually arrvies at the conclusion that he exists in an artificial reality centered on himself. Clues to distinguishing "reality" from fantasy are initially subtle and eventually are rendered unnecessary. Simply defining "reality" becomes increasingly difficult, but it's the variable motivations and reactions of secondary characters towards Thomas that creates confusion as to exactly what is transpiring.
One special note for the listener, this is one instance when an abridged version might be preferable since near the end there is an uninterrupted, one hour long reading of the sequence of the digits of pi (at 2 per second, that's >7000 individual digits) - which in a printed version could be skipped over easily. Since pi is an irrational number and doesn't repeat, it can be used as a source of truly random numbers for specific computer applications, but one full hour is pushing the bounds of endurance.
The narration is subpar with little distinction even between genders. At times, it was difficult to follow conversations with more than two people.
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