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SF novel: the author's first book.
''the totalitarian world of Unation is ruled over by the omnipresent Mother Necessity. In this rigidly hierarchical society people carry out their duty as designated by Mother in order to climb the ladder of status levels and be materially rewarded. Against this dystopian background Ersatz Nation tells the story of two citizens who find themselves deeply alienated from this conformist state. Patrick Dolan has spent the last twelve years abducting people from Earth and bringing them back to Unation. Since the death of his wife and daughter in childbirth he has thrown himself into his work but the stress of his occupation is starting to take its toll on him. He lives in constant fear of his returns to Unation, he starts to hallucinate and even begins to question the reality of Earth itself. Stylistically the novel is more strongly reminiscent of Philip K. Dick. Dick's name is increasingly bandied about in relation to other authors but there is no doubting he was incredibly influential and here the comparison seems justified. At its core Ersatz Nation is concerned with the nature and the perception of reality, the subject that obsessed Dick throughout his career. Even more so the paranoia and confusion of the protagonists, often verging on mental illness, is redolent of Dick's later work from what you might call his Gnostic period, such as VALIS and The Divine Invasion. When Dolan comments: ''I've seen too much to know what's real anymore'' he is making explicit the dilemma of all Dick's protagonists'' (Martin Lewis/The Alien Online).
Title: Ersatz Nation.
Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher: Big Engine: Abingdon, Oxon.: 2002.
ISBN Number: 1903468078
ISBN Number 13: 9781903468074
Binding: Trade paperback original.
Grading: Fine (as new) copy.
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 09621