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Dick, Philip K.
THE MAN WHO JAPED
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Ace 2nd printing paperback - 1973? (copyright 1956 as half of an Ace Double / this is the first "single" appearance.) Cover by Dean Ellis, 160 pages, 95 cent cover price. Condition is VG to VG+: tight and almost square; spine has a line down length, age tanning is mild and uniform (a little less than average for its vintage); light overall wear. Stamp on top page block, first page and page 85 - no other marks or writing: a clean copy.
The Man Who Japed (1956) - an early novel by Philip K. Dick. I haven't read this for decades, so I rely on quotes from a review by P. Schuyler Miller (from Astounding August 1957.)
The Man Who Japed is a bit less shocking in its picture of a future than the author's Solar Lottery, but for my money it is better developed and more believable. Allen Purcell, director of a small agency that is selling packaged productions to the Entertainment and Propaganda wing of the Morec - Moral Reclamation - government, is also the man whose jape consisted of beheading the statue of Major Streiter, father of the whole distorted mess. He is, of course, promptly in trouble not only with Morec but with the bosomy front for the Mental Health Resort, and the vicious Cohorts who consider themselves Streiter's elect heirs. Purcell's final, devastating jape is beautifully logical." [-P. Schuyler Miller]