The Zap Gun

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Carroll & Graf Pub., 1989 - Fiction - 258 pages
Lars Powderdry and Lilo Topchev are counterpart weapons fashion designers for the world's two superpowers. Their job has been to invent innocuous weapons that only look harmful, but when alien satellites appear in the sky, the two are brought together in the hopes that they can create a real weapon to save the world. The result is a brilliant tale that displays Dick's inimitable ability to fuse scathing sarcasm with genuine empathy. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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A hardworking but meandering and mercilessly padded yam, with previous appearances as a serial (1965-66) and a mass-market paperback (1967). In Dick's 21st century, the arms race still continues ... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Phillip Kindred Dick was an American science fiction writer best known for his psychological portrayals of characters trapped in illusory environments. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 16, 1928, Dick worked in radio and studied briefly at the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on his writing career. His first novel, Solar Lottery, was published in 1955. In 1963, Dick won the Hugo Award for his novel, The Man in the High Castle. He also wrote a series of futuristic tales about artificial creatures on the loose; notable of these was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was later adapted into film as Blade Runner. Dick also published several collections of short stories. He died of a stroke in Santa Ana, California, in 1982.

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