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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Vulcan’s Hammer

Philip K. Dick focused on contributing to the science fiction genre. Vulcan’s Hammer is one of his many dystopian science fiction novels that received great popularity and fame. This novel was part of the 1950s pulp science fiction magazines.

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Author: Philip K. Dick

Genre: Science fiction

Pages: 176

Good reads rating: 3.52 of 5

My Ratings: 7 of 10

Published: 1960

Publisher: Mariner Books; Reissue edition (October 23, 2012)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of the Science Fiction Novel Vulcan’s Hammer

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Vulcan's Hammer

The author set the novel in a future world when the world became devastated by nuclear war. Now in the year 2029, the entire world is under the fingertip of a computer called the Vulcan III. The computer controls and checks power on the Earth. This whole governing system received the name The Unity Organisation of the world. Some people receive ranks and statuses that form part of the board of directors and hold certain positions in this system. The superior of these directors is the Managing Director Jason Dills, who inputs data and delivers all the information regarding the world into Vulcan III. Then there is another group of people rebellious to this system and to Vulcan III called The Healers. They fought against Vulcan’s rule and grew more powerful with time.

The story begins with the death of a director named Arthur Pitt in an attack by the Healers. William Barris, another director, investigates the case and discovers the Healer movement’s director, named Father Fields. He seemed a controlled minded person and his vision remained uncured after surviving the Atlanta Psychological Correction Labs. He reported this information to the Managing Director Dills and asked him why Vulcan III is not taking any actions against the Healers.

Many events unfold and at one-point, Barris and Dills meet where Dills confirms that he was hiding information from Vulcan III as per Vulcan II commands. Vulcan II displays a computer built before Vulcan III and aged with time. As it was now old and know about Vulcan III’s evil and unjust ideas regarding humankind, he started the Healer’s movement. Dills hid all the information regarding Healers from Vulcan III to prevent another war.

Final Say on Science Fiction Novel Vulcan’s Hammer

The novel shows that the technology of surveillance and supervision should not invade someone’s privacy. Technology should rather stop crime than used to control people. I give this novel a 7 out of of 10 ratings. Would I re-read the novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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