Doppelgangers

Open Road Media
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“A remarkable tour de force” by the acclaimed author and philosopher—a classic science fiction “thriller with depth” for fans of 1984 and Brave New World (The New York Times).
 
After the psychological revolution opened humankind’s minds to an all-new form of consciousness, society split in two. On the Earth’s surface rules Alpha, the benevolent, all-powerful dictator who’s constant ministrations have left his subjects undeniably happy and satisfied but also obedient and unquestioning.
 
Below the surface lies the kingdom of the Mole—the gloomy domain of an even darker and crueler leader. Embittered by his lot underground, he leads his people on a revolt against their obsequious overhead counterparts. And their ultimate weapon is nearly ready—a man who has been genetically and psychologically molded to be a near-perfect double of the Alpha.  A covert agent who, once in place, could change the fate of both civilizations—and humanity itself—forever.
 
Both a brilliant examination of human identity, and a gripping science fiction narrative, Doppelgangers is a dystopian novel decades ahead of its time.
 
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About the author

Henry FitzGerald “Gerald” Heard (1889–1971) was an English philosopher, lecturer, and author. The BBC’s first science commentator, he pioneered the study of the evolution of consciousness, which he explored in his definitive philosophical work The Ascent of Humanity (1929). A prolific writer, Heard was also the author of a number of fiction titles, including mysteries and dystopian novels. He is best known for his beloved Mycroft Holmes mystery series.

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Open Road Media
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Published on
Jul 5, 2016
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Pages
290
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ISBN
9781504037792
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
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