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Time Out Of Joint

By Philip K. Dick

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A mindbending look at reality through the skewed lens of one of SF's greats.

Ragle Gumm is an ordinary man leading an ordinary life, except that he makes his living by entering a newspaper contest every day - and winning, every day. But he gradually begins to suspect that his life - indeed his whole world - is an illusion, constructed around him for the express purpose of keeping him docile and happy. But if that is the case, what is his real world like, and what is he actually doing every day when he thinks he is guessing 'Where Will The Little Green Man Be Next?'

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Philip K. Dick (1928-82)'One of the two or three most important figures in 20th century US SF (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction). Born one of twins -- his sister died in infancey -- he lived most of his life in California, and worote more than fifty books in a career of prodigious productivity and achievement. The films Blade Runner and Minority Report are both based on his stories.

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