Radio Free Albemuth Hardcover – Nov 1985
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From Publishers Weekly
Here is another of the unpublished novels science-fiction writer Dick left when he died in 1982. It recounts the friendship of two California men, Nicholas Brady, a record store clerk and later a record company executive, and Philip K. Dick, a writer. During the several decades spanned by the novel, America slides into fascism, particularly under the presidency of Ferris F. Fremont, who comes into office in 1969. Once entrenched, Fremont begins tossing dissidents into camps and in some cases executing them. Brady, meanwhile, has been receiving communications from a Godlike intelligence which he dubs Valis (an idea the author utilized previously in Valis). Valis guides Brady in the secrets of the universe, in the conduct of his life, and in a plot to bring down the monstrous Fremont, a cause to which Brady is finally martyred. This bleak political vision is given extra force by its autobiogrphical tone. Though not one of Dick's best novels, it is an engrossing, non-stop excursion into a believable vision of Hell. Foreign rights: Scott Meredith. January 8
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'An engrossing, non-stop excursion into a believable vision of hell' Publishers Weekly 'The most brilliant sci-fi mind on any planet' Rolling Stone --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The plot basically follows American History until the late 1960s, when a character named Fremont but actually a shell for Richard Nixon takes over the country by assassinating his rivals and proceeds to make a mockery of the Bill of Rights.
That's just the backdrop for a fascinating foray into the "real" meaning of the Bible, the Jesus story, and eternal life.
BTW, this book, at just over 200 pages, takes a while to read. There are no banal page-long descriptions of the weather, clothing, etc. a la a pulp fiction novel. It's rich with ideas from page to page, so it's not necessarily a page-turner. You have to stop and think about it -- best if read not all at once but a few chapters at a time.
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This is, in many ways, the quiessential Philip K. Dick novel. It's not his best, and it's not the one you should read first (after all, it's part of the Valis series), but it is a... Read morePublished on July 29 2001 by Bill R. Moore
I don't know why, but ever since I read RFA it has been my favorite book by PKD. Dick's strength has always been his loose entanglement ("grip" is too strong a word)... Read morePublished on July 13 2001 by C. Hamilton
Considering how stoned he got during the 60s and 70s, one would expect Dick's last published novel to be somewhat incoherent. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2001 by Dan Seitz
Radio Free Albemuth captures the true meaning of paranoia. The book swiftly tells the story of a wicked and manipulative government attacking its own citizens. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2000 by Adam Stortz
This book is better than "Valis"! Ive read it 3 times and i get it in a way that ill never get ValiSPublished on Aug. 12 2000 by Mark E. Givens
In RFA, PKD realizes that the Earth is a single planet subject to the technologies of other planets. Read morePublished on June 19 2000 by Carl Gilbertsen
RFA is a good book if you like PKD and are familiar with his themes, his life, and the specific concerns that he had at this point in his life. As a novel, RFA is quite lacking. Read morePublished on March 12 2000 by Guy Salvidge