By Philip K. Dick

A sci-fi murder mystery set on a mysterious planet, with a twist finishing that leaves the reader thinking about simply what they’ve been witnessing the complete time.

Delmak-O is a perilous planet. although there are just fourteen electorate, nobody can belief a person else and dying can strike at any second. The planet is monstrous and mostly unexplored, populated as a rule through gelatinous cube-shaped beings that supply cryptic suggestion within the kind of anagrams. Deities may be spoken to without delay through a chain of prayer amplifiers and transmitters, yet they might not feel free approximately it. And the mysterious development within the distance attracts all of the colonists to it, but if they get there every one sees a distinct motto at the entrance. The secret of this constitution and the secrets and techniques contained inside of force this mind-bending novel.

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