Another amazing science fiction novel of American writer Philip K. Dick is The Crack in Space. This book became published by Ace Books in 1966. The story describes a defect in ongoing space operation.
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Author: Philip K. Dick
Genre: Science fiction
Good reads rating: 3.46 of 5
My Ratings: 6.7 of 10
Published: 1966 (Original publication)
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reissue edition (January 24, 2012)
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The story begins in a future world, which is in chaos because of overpopulation. The cities became crowded and suffocate, besides there are several difficulties due to the uncontrolled boom in population. Just in the meantime, a portal gets discovered. This portal offers a way to the parallel world. Jim Briskin develops a campaign to become the first black president of the United States of America.
He believes that after travelling from portal to an alternate Earth, people can live easily. According to him, they can alter the earth, especially by the population of seventy million people in cryopreservation. These people become known as bibs and they put them to sleep till the time they can control the population. Most of these bibs are non-Caucasians and they will start living normally when they will wake up.
Briskin believes in social conservation and against the bliss orbital brothel as well as the widespread abortion cases. The other political parties in the United States are ‘Republican Liberals’ and ‘States Rights Conservative Democrats’. These two parties run a racist front group named CLEAN, which is against the electoral candidacy of Briskin. Most of the higher income white Americans support Briskin. Talking about the alter-Earth, they believe that no humans ever evolved in this place, therefore the dominant species in this region are Homo erectus or Peking Man. The explorers of alter-Earth refer to the Peking Men as Pekes.
Humans attempt to make an initial colonisation attempt on this planet. They expect it that the time period which required for the migration of all the bibs on this planet is at least 20 years. The explorers want to reduce this time and hence they temporarily close the rift to install a new power supply which will enhance the width of the rift and hence they cut the time down to 5 years.
After the rift opens again, and it enhances the width, the explorers discover that in the parallel world; the time passed at such pace that 100 years elapse. Meanwhile, the people who already travelled to the parallel world in the first attempt at colonisation included George Walt, who is a businessman and runs Bliss satellite brothel. They’re in the new world and he declares himself a ‘wind god’. Also, spent those 100 years in the new world by teaching the Pekes about technology and also learning new ideas.
George tried to sabotage the efforts of colonisation by earth inhabitants, as it is not in his best interests. He did not want the Pekes to know that he is a mutated Homo sapiens. In the meantime, on Earth, the preparations become completed and they are about to open the rift again. However, George Walt made a plan and involved Pekes in it. According to the plan, the Pekes power the rift from their side, when it will re-open.
The idea became a disaster because, to keep the humans away from the parallel world, the Pekes invade earth. They discover the reality of George Walt that he is just a deceiving and untrustworthy Homo sapiens. Hence the colonisation mission from earth gets aborted. Briskin gets elected as the new President and now he deals with the consequences of this aborted mission and the chaos of overpopulation.
This novel surely offers a very interesting read. Philip K. Dick demonstrated his capabilities as a dystopian and science fiction writer. It receives my ratings of 6.7 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.
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