The Penultimate Truth
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The Penultimate Truth

by Philip K. Dick
Release date: 1964
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

What if you discovered that everything you knew about the world was a lie? That's the question at the heart of Philip K. Dick's futuristic novel about political oppression, the show business of politics, and the sinister potential of the military-industrial complex. This wry, paranoid thriller imagines a future in which the earth has been ravaged, and cities are burnt-out wastelands too dangerous for human life. Americans have been shipped underground, where they toil in crowded industrial anthills and receive a steady diet of inspiring speeches from a president who never seems to age. Nick St. James, like the rest of the masses, believes in the words of his leaders. But all that changes when he travels to the surface – where what he finds is more shocking than anything he could possibly imagine.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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