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The Zap Gun | [Philip K. Dick]

The Zap Gun

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Niels J. Rasmussen Edmonton, Alberta Canada 04-30-14
    Niels J. Rasmussen Edmonton, Alberta Canada 04-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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    "An Interesting Cold-War Type Sci-Fi Premise"
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    Although this isn't one of PKD's most well known works, it's still worth checking out if you're a fan.

    The premise for the story is both humorous AND addictive. Had it been a paper book, I probably would classify it as a page-turner.

    My only critique would have to be that, although the narration was great, all of the reader's Soviet accents sounded too similar (even the female ones).
    Still definitely worth checking out. And you can't go wrong with the price.

    8.3 / 10

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    David WINDER, GEORGIA, United States 12-28-12
    David WINDER, GEORGIA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just Weird."

    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.

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    Jonathan Kalamazoo, MI, United States 07-27-12
    Jonathan Kalamazoo, MI, United States 07-27-12
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    "Messy. Fun. Brilliant!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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,


    What other book might you compare The Zap Gun to and why?

    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.


    What does Mel Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Captures the various characters with a great range of Sellers-like tricks. Fantastic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Impotent Weapons.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it's a bargain, so you don"t have to use your credits!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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