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192 pages, Paperback
First published August 1, 1976
"Dick started the novel in 1967, then realized he did not know enough about Christianity to finish it. He asked science fiction editor and author Ted White to collaborate on the manuscript with him, but after reviewing the manuscript, White never began the work.
Zelazny found the manuscript in White's home in early 1968, read it, then contacted Dick about working on the project. Work proceeded sporadically over several years as each author, in turn, forgot about the book. At one stage, Zelazny's cat took the opportunity to urinate on the original manuscript. The novel was completed quickly, though, in the spring of 1975 after the publisher, Doubleday, demanded either the manuscript or a repayment of the advance paid to Dick. The editor discovered that Zelazny had sent photocopies of a number of the manuscript pages and demanded the originals as per Doubleday's policy; much to Zelazny's chagrin, he had to send in pages stained with cat urine. Zelazny said later that he always wondered what the editor made of them."
* The "Great C": the ruins of an underground pre-war facility run by old artificial intelligence computer that now sends out mechanical minions to ask passer-by questions like some kind of Sphynx. Only the Great C has gone mad as the world around it and often doesn't really know the answers to its own questions and tries to drag those it questions into it lair to feed its power cells with their body's constituents.
* An "autofac": the ruins a prewar automated-factory that made or repaired items and made me think a little of mad AI run Amazon.com warehouse. It steals Sands perfectly good bicycle to "repair" it at one point, and then instead of returning a repaired bicycle, regurgitates a geyser of pogo sticks.