In this biting satire, the Cold War may have ended, but the eastern and western governments never told their citizens. Instead they created an elaborate ruse wherein each side comes up with increasingly outlandish doomsday weapons - weapons that don’t work. But when aliens invade, the top designers of both sides have to come together to make a real doomsday device - if they don’t kill each other first.
With its combination of romance, espionage, and alien invasion, The Zap Gun skewers the military-industrial complex in a way that’s as relevant today as it was at the height of the Cold War.
©1967 Philip K Dick (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Okay, I accept that everything PKD is supposed to be weird. But I didn't find it particularly though-provoking, or illustrative of some greater theme of mankind, sentience, or humanity. I just found it to be odd.
I actually stop-started this one, something I rarely do, and even more rarely with something this short. I just lost interest not all that far in and wandered off to another book. Several books, I think. I finished this one during a brief credit drought when I was craving something 'new'. It wasn't bad, it was just average. Boiler plate. A shift worth of filler, but something I'm unlikely to ever actually download a second time for another listen.
I read it 10 years ago... one of my least favorite Dick books at the time, but the Audio version by Brilliance Audio is brilliant, like all their newest Dick titles,
While there is a common thread with all of Dick's book's, but this one is particularly enigmatic... I know of no other book where there are fashion designers churning out bogus weapons in a bogus arms race, although there are "pre-fash" designers in The 3 Stigmata, not for weapons but for layouts, and there is the very common Dickian theme of a bogus arms race to dupe the populace... But this is a brilliantly conceived work... takes a while to unwind, but if you like dick, you'll love this book.
Captures the various characters with a great range of Sellers-like tricks. Fantastic.
Buy it's a bargain, so you don"t have to use your credits!
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