Far in the future (1992, to be precise!), death does not always mean ceasing to exist. Facilities exist that can put the recently deceased into a “half-life” state, where mental activity continues and limited contact with the outside world is possible.
Oh yeah, and there are psychics. And anti-psychics. And everything is coin-operated (one senses a possibly resentment Dick held about being continually nickeled-and-dimed).
Interesting story; short read. One of those “what the heck is going on?” type books. Kind of reminded me of the movie “Inception” – you’re never quite sure what is real. Are you in the actual world or just in someone’s imagination?