Vulcan's Hammer

Vulcan's Hammer

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Random House, Inc.
Objective, unbiased and hyperrational, the Vulcan 3 should have been the perfect ruler. The omnipotent computer dictates policy that is in the best interests of all citizens—or at least, that is the idea. But when the machine, whose rule evolved out of chaos and war, begins to lose control of the “Healer” movement of religious fanatics and the mysterious force behing their rebellion, all Hell breaks loose.
Written in 1960, Philip K. Dick’s paranoid novel imagines a totalitarian state in which hammer-headed robots terrorize citizens and freedom is an absurd joke. William Barrios, the morally conflicted hero, may be the only person who can prevent the battle for control from destroying the world—if, that is, he can decide which side he’s on.

Winner of both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

Baker & Taylor
Confronted by a dangerous movement of religious fanatics and challenges to its authorities, the Vulcan 3, an objective, unbiased, and hyperrational computer that dictates policy for all citizens--an omnipotent technological wonder that evolved out of chaos and war--could prove to be human civilization's worst nightmare. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Objective, unbiased and hyperrational, the Vulcan 3 should have been the perfect ruler. The omnipotent computer dictates policy that is in the best interests of all citizens - or at least, that is the idea. But when the machine, whose rule evolved out of chaos and war, begins to lose control of the Healer movement of religious fanatics and the mysterious force behing their rebellion, all hell breaks loose.
Written in 1960, Philip K. Dick's paranoid novel imagines a totalitarian state in which hammer-headed robots terrorize citizens and freedom is an absurd joke. William Barris, the morally conflicted hero, may be the only person who can prevent the battle for control from destroying the world - if, that is, he can decide which side he's on.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2004
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9781400030125
1400030129
Characteristics: 165 p. ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Feb 27, 2015

Sure you can be a casual PK Dick fan and just read his best known work ("Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", "Minority Report," "A Scanner Darkly"), but that's really only scratching the surface of one of the most prolific, visionary, and influential of sci-fi authors. 1960's "Vulcan's Hammer" imagines a world in which a computer runs the world and machines declare war on humans. Pulpy and paranoid, Dick's novel presages so many of the-robots -are -taking over films ("The Terminator" series) and books ("Robopocalypse") that would follow.
"It's hopeless to imagine that a grass-roots revolutionary movement can overthrow a modern bureaucratic system that's backed up with modern technology and elaborate industrial organization."

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