Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal -- the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life. Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard's world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit -- and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted...
Philip K. Dick - Kamera által homályosan
Kamerák felszerelve. Indulhat a megfigyelés. De ki figyel meg kicsodát? A rendőrök és a bűnözők mindig is szorosan függtek egymástól. De egyetlen regény sem dolgozta fel erőteljesebben ezt a perverz szimbiózist, mint Philip K. Dick 1977-ben született remekműve. Fred kábítószeres ügynök, aki eltökélten próbál a H-Anyag nevű illegális, bár bizonyos körökben roppant népszerűségnek örvendő szer nyomára bukkanni. Ezért a külsejét teljes mértékben megváltoztató maszkafander segítségével felveszi a drogdíler Bob Arctor személyiségét, és ebben a szerepben ő is komoly fogyasztójává válik a H-Anyagnak. A kábítószernek azonban súlyos mellékhatása van: kettéhasítja fogyasztója személyiségét. Fred - a kábítószeres ügynök - tehát a titokban elhelyezett kamerák képein keresztül figyeli Bob Arctort - a drogdílert -, és közben fogalma sincs róla, hogy saját maga után nyomoz. Philip K. Dick személyes élményekből táplálkozó, sötéten ironikus regényéből Richard Linklater készít filmet, melyet - Keanu Reeves és Winona Ryder főszereplésével - 2006-ban mutatnak be a mozikban.
Philip K. Dick - Minority Report
“The three gibbering, fumbling creatures, with their enlarged heads and wasted bodies, were contemplating the future. The analytical machinery was recording prophecies, and as the three precog idiots talked, the machinery carefully listened.” Many of Philip K. Dick’s stories deal with the nature of reality, of personality and self as well as drugs and the future. The stories here are among his best work and will resonate long after you’ve read them.
Philip K. Dick - A Scanner Darkly
Substance D - otherwise known as Death - is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way onto the black market. It destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres, leading first to disorentation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user, and soon, without knowing what is happening to him, he is as dependent as any of the addicts he is monitoring.
Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon
Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental tranformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.
Philip K. Dick - The Simulacra
A few years from now the President of the USA will be an android and his entire government a fraud. Everyone in the country is maladjusted. Doesn't seem possible, does it? Welcome to the world of Dr. Superb, the sole remaining psychotherapist. Philip K. Dick tells a story of desperate love, lethal body odour and an attempted fascistic takeover of the USA and shows that there is always another layer of conspiracy beneath the one we see.
Philip K. Dick - Álmodnak-e az androidok elektronikus bárányokkal?
A kultuszregény, ami a nyolcvanas évek egyik legnagyobb kultuszfilmjét, a Szárnyas fejvadászt ("Blade runner") ihlette. A kötethez három vezető irodalomtörténész - Bényei Tamás, H. Nagy Péter és Tillman J.A. - írt kísérő szöveget, amelyek segítségével végre a helyére kerülhet Dick egyik legnagyobb hatású alkotása.
Suzanne Collins - Az éhezők viadala
A győztes jutalma hírnév. A vesztes büntetése halál. A közeljövő egy sötét világában tizenkét fiú és tizenkét lány küzd egymással egy élő televíziós show-ban, aminek a címe Az éhezők viadala. Egyetlen szabály van: ölj vagy megölnek. Amikor a tizenhat éves Katniss Everdeen a húgát mentve önként jelentkezik, hogy részt vegyen a viadalon, az felér egy halálos ítélettel. De Katniss már nem fél a haláltól. A túlélés a vérében van.
Philip K. Dick - Különvélemény
Kevés olyan science fiction írót ismerünk, akinek hatása egyformán meghatározó eleme napjaink populáris és magas kultúrájának. Philip K. Dick közülük való. Sokszor tébolyodottnak tűnő, mégis kétségtelenül zseniális látnoki megnyilatkozásai korunk alapvető kérdéseit feszegetik. Így talán nem véletlen, hogy egymást követik az írásaiból készült filmfeldolgozások. Példa erre a Szárnyas fejvadász, az Emlékmás, az Imposztor, és a Különvélemény is. Történetei egyszerre vetették meg napjaink népszerű negatív utópiáinak - a cyberpunk műfajának - alapjait, és ötvözték a korabeli amerikai sci-fit egyfajta borongós, cinikus társadalomkritikával. Ilyen novella a Különvélemény is, melyben a rendőrség látnokok segítségével bukkan a még meg sem történt - bűncselekmények nyomára. A rendszer félelmetes hatékonysággal működik mindaddíg, amíg meg nem vádolnak egy zsarut, akinek ezután nem marad más választása, mint menekülni, és válaszokat találni a kínzó kérdésekre: valóban gyilkosságot fog elkövetni? Milyen szerepet játszott eddig az embertelen gépezet működésében? És legfőképpen: kicsoda ő egyáltalán.
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
The human race faces annihilation. An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history. The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program - to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders. A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible. But are they creating a hero or a monster? This is the multiple award-winning classic ENDER'S GAME - a groundbreaking tale of war, strategy and survival.
Philip K. Dick - The World Jones Made
Floyd Jones is sullen, ungainly, and quite possibly mad, but in a very short time he will rise from telling fortunes at a mutant carnival to convulsing an entire planet. For although Jones has the power to see the future -- a power that makes his life a torment -- his real gift lies elsewhere: in his ability to make people dream again in a world where dreaming has been made illegal, even when the dream is indistinguishable from a nightmare. In Philip K. Dick's unsettling chronicle of the rise and fall of a postnuclear messiah, readers will find a novel that is as minutely realistic as it is prophetic. For along with its engineered mutants, hermaphroditic sex performers, and protoplasmic drifters from the stars, The World Jones Made gives us nothing less than a deadly accurate reading of our own hunger for belief.
Philip K. Dick - Ray Faraday Nelson - The Ganymede Takeover
First published, in paperback, in 1967, this is one of two novels Dick wrote in collaboration. Stylistically, it is typical Dick, but it lacks the gravity and conviction of most of his other novels. It's set in the 21st century when the Earth has been conquered by a race of alien, telepathic, wormlike creatures, one of whom, Mekkis, is attracted to the theories of the psychologist Rudolph Balkani. Although ostensibly a ``wik'' or worm-kisser (i.e., one who freely serves the Ganymedians), Balkani is a complex man whose allegiances and motives are not easily discerned; indeed, Mekkis's attraction to his ideas leads to the worms' undoing. Other characters include the musicologist Joan Hiashi, whom Balkani unsuccessfully pursues, and Percy X, the black revolutionary who represents the ony overt resistance to the worms. Characterizations are unusually weak for Dick, and the ultimate instrument of the alien downfall--Dr. Balkani's ``hell-machine,'' which distorts reality--cannot summon up in the reader the ontological confusion and terror that drives Dick's best work.
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
First in the ground-breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy. Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a lve event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forwar to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. Fo her, survival is second nature.
Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
This is the second book in the ground-breaking "Hunger Games" trilogy. After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their district, hoping for a peaceful future. But their victory has caused rebellion to break out ...and the Capitol has decided that someone must pay. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless they can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Then comes the cruelest twist: the contestants for the next Hunger Games are announced, and Katniss and Peeta are forced into the arena once more.
Philip K. Dick - Ubik (angol)
Glen Runciter is dead. Or is he? Someone died in the explosion orchestrated by his business rivals, but even as his funeral is scheduled, his mourning employees are receiving bewildering messages from their boss. And the world around them is warping and regressing in ways which suggest that their own time is running out. If it hasn't already.
Philip K. Dick - The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
Loosely based on the story of Bishop James Pike, Dick's last novel tells of an erudite man of the cloth whose faith is shaken by the suicides of his son and mistress, and then transformed by his bizarre quest for the identity of Christ.
Andy Weir - The Martian
_Apollo 13 meets Castaway in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller-set on the surface of Mars._ Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there. It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him-and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive-and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills-and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit-he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Cherie Priest - Boneshaker
In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead. Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history. His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - Lucifer's Hammer
The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - The Gripping Hand
Robert Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read." The San Francisco Chronicle declared that "as science fiction, The Mote in God's Eye is one of the most important novels ever published." Now Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award winning authors of such bestsellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered-- a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function. Master, Mediator, Engineer. Warrior. Each supremely adapted to its task, yet doomed by millions of years of evolution to an inescapable fate. For the Moties must breed-- or die. And now the fragile wall separating them and the galaxy beyond is beginning to crumble.