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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of The Science Fiction Novel Penultimate Truth

Philip K. Dick, known for his masterpieces in science fiction, wrote a novel titled the Penultimate Truth. The author published the novel in 1964. He based this novel in the future where most humans live in underground shelters.

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Author: Philip K. Dick

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 174

Good reads rating: 3.79 of 5

My Ratings: 7.2 of 10

Published: 1964

Publisher: Belmont Books

Language: English

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Review and Summary of The Science Fiction Novel Penultimate Truth

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The story begins with the start of World War III in the early years of the 21st Century. West-Dem and Pac-Peop are two of the superpowers who fights in World War III. This extensive battle performed by specially designed robots can withstand extreme conditions. They name these robots as leadies. Basically during this fight, the planet becomes a battlefield. Humans cannot exist in the atmosphere created by these war robots. Hence ant tanks produced underground save mankind. The government and most of the war engines remain on the ground, they know them as Yance men. The President used to deliver inspirational speeches to tankers, to motivate them and increase their production of war robots so they might win the war.

After some time, the war ended, but the Yance men keep all the wealth of earth with them, so the President continues to give these motivational speeches, and televise devastation on a large scale. The President himself is originally a computer-generated simulacrum, programmed by Yance Men. The leadies produced by tankers use Yance men as their personal servants. The Yance men live in big villas and known as Demenes.

The main part of the story starts when a tank named Tom Mix experienced some issues. The president of the tank, Nicholas St. James, needs to visit the surface and bring an artificial pancreas from the black market. He comes out on the property of a Yance Man, David Lantano. Some leadies of Lantano try to murder St. James. These leadies become destroyed by a man who looks very similar to Talbot Yancy. St. James keeps on looking for the damages of war and later noticed to end up in the mansion of Lantano.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel Penultimate Truth

The novel receives my rating of 7.2 out of 10 because it depicted the greed and characteristics of society and the impacts thereof on humans. The book offers an interesting plot and well-developed storyline. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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