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Ace Double edition

War and famine on earth had been abolished my Moral Reclamation and now peace and prosperity were compulsory. And the Morec block committees, robot peeping-toms and youthful goons quads made sure eveybody "enjoyed" it.

It was Allen Purcell's job as the new director of Entertainment and propaganda to keep the people in sober thought channels. Only someone was playing pranks- publicly, secretly. Such humor was dangerous- and the heretic had to be stopped at all costs! And the Purcell realized that the mad japer was familiar to him- as familiar as his own face in the morning shave-mirror!

As frightening as Orwell's 1984, THE MAN WHO JAPED is a social satire on the world of tomorrow that is as timely as today.


Vintage edition

The Man Who Japed is Dick's mesmerizing and terrifying tale of a society so eager for order that it will sacrifice anything, including its freedom. Newer York is a post-holocaust city governed by the laws of an oppressively rigid morality. Highly mobile and miniature robots monitor the behavior of every citizen, and the slightest transgression can spell personal doom. Allen Purcell is one of the few people who has the capacity to literally change the way of the world, and once he's offered a high-profile job that acts as guardian of public ethics, he sets out to do precisely that. But first he must deal with the head in his closet.

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?