In Our Friends from Frolix 8, the world is run by an elite few. And what determines whether one is part of the elite isn’t wealth or privilege, but brains. As children, every citizen of Earth is tested; some are found to be super-smart New Men and some are Unusuals with various psychic powers. The vast majority are Undermen, performing menial jobs in an overpopulated world.
Nick Appleton is an Underman, content to eke out an existence as a tire regroover. But after his son is classified as an Underman, Appleton begins to question the hierarchy. Strengthening his resolve, and energizing the resistance movement, is news that the great resistance leader Thors Provoni is returning from a trip to the farthest reaches of space. And he’s brought help: a giant, indestructible alien.
©1970 Philip K. Dick (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I've never tried to figure out rights from wrongs, too weak or strong, I'm dyslexic with memory disorders and pain from degenerate disc desease. I'm listening to get out of my head and so far his writing style creates religous thoughts for the reader (me) to evaluate which side I should consider. No other writers do this more than him! I'm sorry, i'd rather stick to Isaac Assmov (sorry the spelling) Henlein, A C. Clarke, Alan Dean Foster and many more. They are not easy to read either but by the end of the book the ride worked.
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