By Philip K. Dick

ISBN-10: 0547572441

ISBN-13: 9780547572444

A sci-fi homicide secret set on a mysterious planet, with a twist finishing that leaves the reader puzzling over simply what they've been witnessing the complete time. Delmak-O is a perilous planet. although there are just fourteen voters, not anyone can belief an individual else and demise can strike at any second. The planet is large and principally unexplored, populated in general via gelatinous cube-shaped beings that supply cryptic suggestion within the type of anagrams. Deities should be spoken to at once through a chain of prayer amplifiers and transmitters, yet they won't feel free approximately it. And the mysterious development within the distance attracts all of the colonists to it, but if they get there every one sees a unique motto at the entrance. The secret of this constitution and the secrets and techniques contained inside of force this mind-bending novel.

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The wind clattering at the louvers were the time winds. Here was "The Monsters of Planet Plattner," with a dreadful creature displayed in the great, spherical visiplate, above the levers and dials of the controls. Here was a thrilling underwater realm of aqua people with fins and gills, riding great fish. Here was a cover and story that truly had terrified his nightmare mind: "The Quest for Crystal Q," with its little oriental men rising out of the stark landscape inside hidden glass-and-steel watch-towers that resembled mushrooms, their great sucker weapons flung out to capture Brick, snapping on to his back and clinging like those leeches in the warm summer dam water, ugh.

The bubble seemed to clear as Sylvie performed prodigies of transformation in the map state-space. The saucer icon hung in the center of the display, surrounded by grid lines, astronomical reference points, indices of the planets and moons and asteroids and dust lanes of the Solar System, with a muted icon showing the Sun altogether too close for comfort. Five attack craft moved on vectors that were not at all encouraging. A list of the weapons being deployed snapped down as Jan ran her eye from one enemy vessel to the next.

The cooked limb resisted at the joint. I twisted it, fingers sticky with monster juice, tore it free. It smelled okay, a bit gamy perhaps. I took a bite. "Needs salt," I said. The Ensemble woman regarded me with disgust. "That was a damn fool thing to do. You don't know where it's been. You don't know where it's come from. " Lune threw something; I caught it in my left hand. Salt cellar. I sprinkled some on the warm flesh, took a second bite. "Thanks. Care for some? " "I think not," she said judiciously.

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