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Dr. Bloodmoney is a post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece filled with a host of Dicks most memorable characters: Hoppy Harrington, a deformed mutant with telekinetic powers; Walt Dangerfield, a selfless disc jockey stranded in a satellite circling the globe; Dr. Bluthgeld, the megalomaniac physicist largely responsible for the decimated state of the world; and Stuart McConchie and Bonnie Keller, two unremarkable people bent the survival of goodness in a world devastated by evil. Epic and alluring, this brilliant novel is a mesmerizing depiction of Dicks undying hope in humanity.


Dr. Bloodmoney is a post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece filled with a host of Dick's most memorable characters. Epic and alluring, this brilliant novel is a mesmerizing depiction of Dick's undying hope in humanity.

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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.

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Douglas Cobb, August 23, 2008 (view all comments by Douglas Cobb)
Dr. Bloodmoney is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which much of America has been devastated by hydrogen bombs. There are pockets of humanity left alive, trying to rebuild and maintain a semblance of civilization.
Though the novel is entitled Dr. Bloodmoney--he's a scientist who helped bring about a previous nuclear holocaust in P.K. Dick's alternate-reality vision of 1972--and he is a major character in the book (his actual name is Dr. Bruno Bluthgeld. He feels intensely guilty about his role in the previous holocaust, and has moved to the Californian town of West Marin to try to start his life over again, with a sheep farm there, under the name of Jack Tree.
The novel is populated with some of Dick's best-developed characters, such as the phocomelus Hoppy Harrington, a person who becomes West Marin's Handy, or handyman. He is a Thalidamide flipper-armed and legged person with psychic abilites who is also very good at repairing machinery, which is vital in a future where machines exist, but the knowledge to keep them going is gradually becoming a lost art.
The people of Earth who remain are inspired to keep struggling on by hearing via radio the folksy voice of Walt Dangerfield, who had been sent up into space on a voyage to Mars with his wife, who passed away. His ship's retrorocket didn't fire, though. so he ended up continously circling the Earth. He dispenses wit and acts as a disc jockey of sorts, playing requests from the ship's vast store of recordings, and reading from the book Of Human Bondage.
Like with all of Dick's works, it's not easy to give a brief synopsis of Dr. Bloodmoney, because it is such a complex work. It is not, in my opinion, his best novel; but, it has many moments of sheer brilliance, and is well worth adding to your scifi library.
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Product Details

Dick, Philip K.
Dick, Philip K.
New York
Science Fiction - General
Science fiction
Nuclear warfare
Marin County (Calif.)
Marin County
Science / General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 29
Publication Date:
May 2002
Grade Level:
8.04x5.14x.70 in. .50 lbs.

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