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CRACK IN SPACE
The Crack In Space
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Fourty-two years before the historic presidential
election year2008 in the USA,
Philip K. Dick transports the reader into the middle
of a fictional election year that bears some striking
For the first time, a black presidential candidate has
a fair chance of winning. Dick named his protagonist
James Briskin and reading this in 2008, one can't help
but be reminded of Barack Obama.
In Dick's alternate reality, humans zip back and forth
between cities by means of so called Jiffi-Scuttlers.
Naturally, these devices can develop a malfunction and
one of them actually opens a gate into a parellel universe.
This parallel world is inahbitable but seemingly uninhabited.
It is regarded as a welcome solution to one of mans
pressing problems: millions and millions of deep frozen
people waiting in their "fridges" to be thawed
and have a btter life.
As you may have guessed, the other wold is all but empty.
Add a good measure of greed, some applied for personal
reasons, some to help others, and you have a classic