Louis Rosen and his partners used to sell spinets. Now they’re selling people—or, to be more precise, ingeniously designed, historically authentic simulacra of such personages as Edwin M. Stanton and Abraham Lincoln. The problem is that the only prospective buyer is a rapacious billionaire whose plans for the simulacra could land Louis in jail. And then there's the added complication that someone—or something—like Abraham Lincoln may not wont to be sold.
Is an electronic Lincoln any less alive than his creators? Is a machine that cores and suffers inferior to the woman Louis loves—a borderline psychopath who does neither? With irresistible momentum, vast intelligence, and sly wit, Philip K. Dick creates on arresting techno-thriller that suggests a marriage of Btaderunner and Barbarians at the Gate.
Philip K. Dick (“Immunity”) 1/26/53. , June 1955.
Thors Provoni had gone to the stars to seek help for his fellow men. So far there was no evidence that anywhere out there existed any other intelligent race at all-let alone one willing to come to the aid of normal everyday homo sapiens on an Earth in which he had become a second.class citizen. For in the 22nd Century dominance in human affairs had passed to a cabal of genetic freaks who could outthink their "normal" brothers. With telep. athy, precognition, and the computerized "fix" just ordinary men didn’t have a chance. '" Suddenly a message came from Pro\toniwho had long ago been given up for lost. He had found friends for mankind on Frolix 8. He was coming back to Earth with one of those friends. But of who this inhuman champion was - and of what price would be asked for help - nothing was said.
Philip K. Dick 1969
What could an omnipresent and seemingly omnipotent entity want with a humble pot-healer? Or with the dozens of other odd creatures it has lured to Plowman’s Planet? And if the Glimmung is a god, are its ends positive or malign? Combining quixotic adventure, spine-chilling horror, and deliriously paranoid theology, Galactic Pot-Healer is a uniquely Dickian voyage to alternate worlds of the imagination.