They began as manufacturers of electronic mood organs and player pianos. Then they improved the line – they started building exact simulacra of famous men. They thought that people would pay a good price to have anyone they wanted made to order – to talk with, befriend, and eventually utilize for any purpose they wanted.
But they ran into trouble. For one thing an exact programmed reconstruction of a famous man is going to be obstinate and as character-complex as the real man was – and n0body’s puppet.
For another, they got involved with a project for settling the moon with their creations. And finally they got tangled up with their own personal identities.
It’s a Philip K Dick masterpiece of 1981, future thinking, complex plotting, and typically “different” – as is to be expected from the Hugo-winning author of The Man In The High Castle, Eye In The Sky, and Solar Lottery.
A paperback original first edition, originally serialized as A. Lincoln, Simulacrum in the 11/69 & 1/70 issues of Amazing Stories.
Gotta love it when some chuckle-head writes a price in ballpoint on the back cover.
- We Can Build You by Philip K Dick (1972) (mxmossman.blogspot.com)
- Dick’s history classic as miniseries (eneryvibes.wordpress.com)