Time Out of Joint Author:Philip K. Dick Time Out of Joint is Philip K. Dick’s classic depiction of the disorienting disparity between the world as we think it is and the world as it actually is. The year is 1998, although Ragle Gumm doesn’t know that. He thinks it’s 1959. He also thinks that he served in World War II, that he lives in a quiet little community,... more » and that he really is the world’s long-standing champion of newspaper puzzle contests. It is only after a series of troubling hallucinations that he begins to suspect otherwise. And once he pursues his suspicions, he begins to see how he is the center of a universe gone terribly awry.« less
Incredible novel that kind of falls flat when it enters familiar SF territory the last 25 pages or so. I often wonder how awesome Dick's novels could've been had he gained some popularity and respect (and money) while he was alive. That would've given him the freedom to revisit/expand his dime-store pulp novels and make them truly spectacular--or just write more stuff he was excited about writing. This novel is definitely worth reading though, whether you're a PKD fan or not.