Synopses & Reviews
What would you do if you could see the future? This is the question at the heart of The World Jones Made, one of Philip K. Dick's great underrated works. Floyd Jones has always been able to see exactly one year into the future, starting one year before he was born. In the wasteland of a post-nuclear-war America, he makes his living telling fortunes at a traveling carnival, but he has bigger plans. Indeed, in a world where Relativism is the rule of the day, Jones may be the only person who can make civilization see things in terms of black and white. And if he needs to involve gelatinous aliens, hermaphrodite sex workers, and unstable government hitmen to do so, then that's just what he'll do.
What if you could see into the future? Award-winning author Philip K. Dick examines precognition in this influential novel.
Precognition; a world ruled by Relativism; giant alien jellyfish. The World Jones Made is a classic Philip K. Dick mash-up, taking deep philosophical musings and infusing them with wild action. Floyd Jones has always been able to see exactly one year into his future, a gift and curse that began one year before he was even born. As a fortune-teller at a post-apocalyptic carnival, Jones is a powerful force, and may just be able to force society away from its paralyzing Relativism. If, that is, he can avoid the radioactively unstable government hitman on his tail.
About the Author
Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.