By Michael Bishop
It's 1982. the U.S. has an enduring Moonbase. Richard M. Nixon is within the fourth time period of the "imperial presidency." And an eccentric novelist named Philip ok. Dick has simply died in California.
Or has he? Psychiatrist Lia Pickford, M.D., is nonplussed whilst Dick walks into her place of work in small-town Georgia, with a cab idling outdoors, to invite for aid. And Cal Pickford, an established Dick fan shocked via the scoop of his hero's dying, is inspired while his spouse tells him of the visit.
So starts a chain of occasions regarding Cal within the repressive Nixon regime, the affairs of an getting older motion picture queen, a hip yet nervous Vietnamese immigrant and an previous black guy who works as a groom--all prime as much as a fateful disagreement among Dick, Cal, and Nixon himself at the moon.
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