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The Pritcher Mass by Gordon R. Dickson

The Pritcher Mass (1972)

by Gordon R. Dickson

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The world has been infested with a fungus -the Job's BerryBush, that has driven mankind into a sealed environment. Anyone with who becomes contaminated with the fungus is sealed outside and left to die. The only hope - and this is where things get odd, is a project called the Pritcher Mass, a column of psychic energy, essentially a psionic telescope, built to find a planet where the human race can go to escape the blight.
Our hero is yet another sullen Dickson loner, who struggles to release his latent psychic talent, so he can go work on the Pritcher Mass project.
For those who like Phil Dick novels , this almost reads like one, and how Dickson tells this story like Dick, is not the way you would usually think a story like this would be told. It's that offbeat structure that gives the story it's charm.
It does get a little pat at the end, but there is serious ecological moral concern here on the part of the author, and the overall effect is moving. I'm just tuning in to the fact that Dickson's primary concerns in his work are largely moral -almost on the level of CS Lewis' work..
Did I mention there are witches and warlocks in this novel? And talking Tasmanian Devil familiars.You get your money's worth.
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The only hope for mankind's survival after the contamination of the Earth lay in the Pritcher Mass, a psychic forcefield construction out beyond the orbit of Pluto. Created by the efforts of individuals with extraordinary paranormal powers, the Mass was designed to search the universe for a new habitable planet. Chaz Sant knew he had the kind of special ability to contribute effectively to the building of the Mass, but somehow the qualifying tests were stacked against him. Then he learned that he had become the special target of an insidious organization that fattened on the fears of the last cities of the world. His confrontation with this organization, their real motives and his unexpected reactions, were to touch off the final showdown for mankind's last enterprise.… (more)

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