Friday, 22 March 2013

Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb



Dick, Philip K. Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb. 1965.


This is a terrific book. After the explosion of the nuclear bomb, the only communication the survivors has that helps unite them is upheld by Walt Dangerfield, the astronaut who is supposed to colonize Mars with his wife but is instead doomed to be trapped in his spaceship orbitting the Earth as a satellite. He becomes the disc jockey of this post-apocalyptic world. He starts to read the books he has with him and for the period narrated by Dick, the book he is reading happens to be Of Human Bondage
"I think we did pretty well, she [Bonny] thought, all in all. We've been alive; we've made love and drunk Gill's Five Star, taught our kids in peculiar-windowed school building, put out News & Views, cranked up a car radio and listened daily to W. Somerset Maugham. What more could be asked of us?"   

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