We Can Build You by Philip K Dick, DAW 14, 1st printing

We Can Build You by Philip K Dick (DAW 14, 1972)

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.

*Get it at Amazon.com*

Title: We Can Build You
Author: Philip K Dick
Imprint & Number: DAW 14
Cover price: 95¢
Publication date: 1972
Cover artist: John Schoenherr
ISBN: none

Gotta love it when some chuckle-head writes a price in ballpoint on the back cover.


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