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From the back cover of the 1957 Ace edition

JACK HAMILTON had always thought the world secure until that day when a swarm of locusts descended upon him after he had told a white lie! He realized only then that the accident at the Bevatron had changed the natural laws of the universe. The world had become a place where the EYE IN THE SKY could strike at all who displeased it! AND it wasn't fantasy - there was a valid key to this incredible change locked in scientific law - if one could survive long enough to find it.
Philip K. Dick, whose previous novels have won wide acclaim, has produced in ,this new book one which will be ranked tops in modern science-fiction.

From the back cover of the 1968 and 1975 Ace editions

"Here is a heady jest, the first book since Fredieric Brown's What Mad Universe in which, within the plot's legimate framework, anything -but anything -can happen.
"this glorious jape is, briefly the story of an accident to a bevatron, in which eight people, in falling a considerable distance, pass through the highly energized beam. They recover and return home, sharing the feeling that something is vaguely amiss; but when an irreverence gets you a mysterious nip in the leg, and a lie brings a plague of locusts, the feeling gets less vague. From there it takes of madly, in wild hyperbolic sweeps of unabashed imagination. Two guys ride to heaven on an umbrella, and there's a house which eats people, Characters are killed and restored for the next go- round to try it over. The earth comes to an end more than once.

From the back cover of the Vintage edition

While sightseeing at the Belmont Bevatron, Jack Hamilton, along with seven others, is caught in a lab accident. When he regains consciousness, he is in a fantasy world of Old Testament morality gone awry—a place of instant plagues, immediate damnations, and death to all perceived infidels. Hamilton figures out how he and his compatriots can escape this world and return to their own, but first they must pass through three other vividly fantastical worlds, each more perilous and hilarious than the one before.
Winner of both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

From The Backcover of the Ace 1975 and Methuen Editions

War and famine had been abolished through Morec, Moral Reclamation; peace and prosperity were the rule - they were, in fact, compulsory. Block committees, robot informers and youthful goon squads made sure everyone "enjoyed" Morec.
Allen Purcell, the new director of Entertainment and Propaganda, had always been happy in his world. At least he thought he was - until he joined the world-wide hunt for the mad japer who was playing insulting pranks on the govemment.
For in the search for the heretical prankster, Purcell found evidence pointing to himself as the culprit. If it was true, how did he do it, and how could he face the full force of an outraged society if he was discovered?

From The Backcover of the Gollancz 2003 edition

What begins as an ordinary laboratory visit turns into a bizarre and apocalyptic experience when a particle-light beam slices across the visitor's path, plunging them into different worlds constructed from their innermost dreams and fears. As emergency works scramble to free them from the wreckage, their minds begin an incredible journey through one fantastic shared world after another.