"After the Plowshare Protocols way back in 2002, Lars Powderdry, Wes-bloc's brilliant weapons fashion designer, has been inventing elaborate devices that only seem to be massively lethal. And the deception is taking a heavy toll of his personal life. But whan alien satellites appear in the sky and it's clear that they aren't friendly, the world suddenly needs military might like never before. So, Wes-bloc and Peep-East temporarily patch up their differences and Lars meets up with Lilo Topchev, his eastern counterpart, in the hope that they can create a weapon to save the world. It's a difficult task made even trickier by Lars falling in love with Lilo even though he knows she is trying to kill him...."
-- from back cover
Philip K Dick's twentieth published novel, written in 1964 and published in 1967. The Zap Gun deals with a number of Dick's favourite themes, amongst others, truth, reality and political manipulation, drugs, times travel etc. As with all PKD's works this novel makes you marvel at his imagination but also (if you are of a philosophical turn of mind) brings you to question and consider the themes he raises for yourself.
"At a time when most 20th-century science fiction writers seem hopelessly dated, Dick gives us a vision of the future that captures the feel of our time."
"The finest American novelist of our time."
"Hilarious and wildly brilliant"
--Lawrence Sutin, Divine Invasions
If you are new to Philip K Dick's work I would also recommend the following novels (which generally seem to be regarded as among his best):
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
Ubik (S.F. Masterworks)
A Scanner Darkly (S.F. Masterworks)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (S.F. Masterworks)
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (S.F. Masterworks)
That said, though some of PKD's works are better than others, to my mind they are all well worth reading. I would also recommend his short story collections:
Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One Of The Collected Short Stories
Second Variety: Volume Two Of The Collected Short Stories
The Father-Thing: Volume Three Of The Collected Short Stories
Minority Report: Volume Four Of The Collected Short Stories
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Volume Five of The Collected Short Stories
Zap Gun Audio CD – Unabridged, 26 June 2012
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (26 June 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1455814571
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455814572
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 13.97 x 0.64 cm
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Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered one of the most visionary writers of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly.
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'I wish the Aliens had won.'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2015
Philip K. Dick at his most underwhelming, with this exceptionally dull offering of his style of neurotic science fiction, not a patch on 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' ( A.K.A.'Blade Runner') or 'Through a Scanner Darkly' ...
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2017
Great novel. John
Lighter on the brain than most PKD booksReviewed in the United States on 14 January 2007
I am generally a PKD fan. Most of his books have so many sub texts and paranoia that it takes a little neurosis to understand. This is one his few books where this is a little less intense. The plot and character interactions are straight forward. Themes are reitierated in a concise language. And the book has an unusual optimistic feel in the ending. Which, it being a PKD book, freaked me out.
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