A Maze of Deathby Philip K. Dick
A faithful reader of Spectowksy's classic How I Rose From the Dead in My Spare Time, ex-kibbutznik Seth Morley is not astonished when the intervention of the Walker-on-Earth saves him and his wife, Mary, from certain death in a defective noser, the Morbid Chicken. But when the Morleys arrive to begin a new life on the colony planet, Delmak-O, contemplation of The Book seems to offer little clue to the dilemma facing Seth and his fellow colonists. Cut off from communication with the outer cosmos, they must struggle against individual personal obsessions to discover their mission; and – when the deaths begin – under the increasing suspicion that they may be pawns in a secret government experiment in madness... or something even more sinister. Philip K. Dick as Daedalus once again invites the reader into a fascinating labyrinth of doubt and shifting realities.
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Philip Kindred Dick (1928–1982) was an American novelist and short story writer whose published work during his lifetime was almost entirely in the science fiction genre. Dick explored sociological, political and metaphysical themes in novels dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states. In his later works, Dick's thematic focus strongly reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology. He often drew upon his own life experiences and addressed the nature of drug use, paranoia and schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences in novels such as A Scanner Darkly.