Now Wait For Last Year
Publication Date
Vintage Books (trade paperback)

Plot SummaryEdit

Dr. Eric Sweetscent has problems. His planet is enmeshed in an unwinnable war. His wife is lethally addicted to a drug that whips its users helplessly back and forth across time -- and is hell-bent on making Eric suffer along with her. And Sweetscent's newest patient is not only the most important man on the embattled planet Earth but quite possibly the sickest. For Secretary Gino Molinari has turned his mortal illness into an instrument of political policy -- and Eric cannot tell if his job is to make the Male better or to keep him poised just this side of death.

Now Wait for Last fear bursts through the envelope between the impossible and the inevitable. Even as ushers us into a future that looks uncannily like the present, it makes the normal seem terrifyingly provisional -- and compels anyone who reads it to wonder if he really knows what time it is.


"There is no doubt that this novel is pure vintage Dick -- stuffed as it is with all the multi-layered realities and paranoiac twists that were the trademarks of this giant of the genre." Read more...

-John Berlyne,, 2001.

"Now Wait For Last Year is an exhilarating ride through Dick's concerns and obsessions, and this reissue is a welcome event that will hopefully introduce new readers to one of the most original of all SF writers. " Read more...

-Iain Rowan, Infinity Plus (British Sci-Fi Web Site), November 2001.

"Now Wait For Last Year is a mind-f#@! of a book. It is one conspiracy on top of another and a mixed bag of loyalties and intentions. It is more of a psychological thriller than a science fiction story. While the future and space-travel are important elements, Dick chooses to focus on the emotional traumas of the main characters; Eric and Kathy in an unhappy marriage and Gino Milonari with his incomprehensible political strategies...This novel is recommended to readers who want to experience the bizarre intricacies of Dick's fiction in their fullest capacity. " Read more...

-Jason Koornick,, 2000.

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