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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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Imitating the Dead

Imitating the Dead

(p.152) Imitating the Dead
I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s novels Dr. Bloodmoney, Voices from the Street, and Mary and the Giant. In Dr. Bloodmoney, Dick projects mass death resulting from convergence between psychosis and modern physics via the figure of Dr. Bluthgeld (while keeping tabs on the dead via the homunculus). Nuclear catastrophe is held up at the border of the idyll in Dr. Bloodmoney, but it is also constructed as nemesis that does not so much return as the repressed as get systematically cleansed out of the system. In Mary and the Giant, the continuity shot between outer space or postnuclear loneliness and the desolation already in place in Dick’s fictional work and world of the 1950s cannot be overlooked. Voices from the Street recognizes the political problems crowding Carl Jung’s receiving area.

Keywords:   science fiction, Philip K. Dick, novels, Dr. Bloodmoney, Voices from the Street, Mary and the Giant, mass death, psychosis, nuclear catastrophe, Carl Jung

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