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by Philip K. Dick




On the arid colony of Mars the only thing more precious than water may be a ten-year-old schizophrenic boy named Manfred Steiner. For although the UN has slated "anomalous" children for deportation and destruction, other people--especially Supreme Goodmember Arnie Kott of the Water Worker's union--suspect that Manfred's disorder  may be a window into the future. In Martian Time-Slip Philip K. Dick uses power politics and extraterrestrial real estate scams, adultery, and murder to penetrate the mysteries of being and time.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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ISBN: 0345295609
ISBN13: 978-0345295606
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Author: Philip K. Dick
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Del Rey (May 12, 1981)
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FB2 size: 1883 kb
Rating: 4.9
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doesnt Do You
Let's make a few things clear before we dive in: Martian Time-Slip (1964) is not an action-thriller like some of Philip K. Dick's more famous cosmic horror tales, it is not as overtly deranged as some of those stories either, and ultimately these qualities make it one of his best works. Just when the sci-fi New Wave was on the rise, giving us authors like J.G. Ballard and Chip Delany, Dick was showing everyone else in his own bizarrely modest way that he was the one who was truly ahead of the curve. Martian Time-Slip is one of his more humane and soft-spoken novels, preferring to look at its characters through sympathetic eyes rather than those of the paranoid; even the closest character we get to a villain is undeniably human in his motivations and desires, and ultimately we pity him.

As with Clans of the Alphane Moon (also published in '64), mental illness is the topic of the day, although it is handled with a level of maturity that was rarely seen in the genre at the time. The mentally ill are portrayed as deeply troubled people, rather than simply crazy, and the autistic child at the heart of Time-Slip's story remains one of Dick's strongest attempts to write a character who manages to convey so much pain with so few spoken words. Let's make another thing clear here: Martian Time-Slip, despite "time" being in the title, is not mainly a time-travel story. We do see a future, and it's a very bleak one, but it's shown mainly through drawings rather than characters experiencing it first-hand; it is a nightmarish place that we see only from a distance, but we feel the dread of its impending existence. The result is a book that—despite having a slower pace than much of Dick's other novels—possesses some truly haunting imagery and ideas that will most likely stick with the reader long after the last page is turned.

While it doesn't receive as much attention as Ubik or The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Martian Time-Slip is certainly one of the strongest entries in Dick's expansive and endlessly fascinating body of work. One could make a good argument that it's even better than the books I just mentioned, and yes, it is actually that good. Dick was never known to be a master at prose (his novels were essentially first drafts), but Martian Time-Slip is consistently well-written, at least by the author's standards; the narrative structure is also well-formed, and experimental enough that attempts to lump Dick in with New Wave writers can come off as justified. For the lucky bunch that got through Dick's more well-known novels, be sure to give this one a try.
Ndyardin
Martian Time-Slip delves into schizophrenia and autism and oppression of natives in the context of Earth people colonizing Mars. The corruption of a local union leader and corporations back on Earth affect the lives of settlers just trying to find a way to economically survive on Mars, and the native "Bleekmen" who resemble Australian aborigines. The settlers try to get by either through skills such as the ability to repair malfunctioning machines, or trafficking in black market luxury goods like decent coffee, whiskey and food.

It may be that Mars is somehow increasing the incidence of schizophrenia and autism. Honest and elite repairman Jack Bohlen is struggling with his own schizophrenic episodes while trying to make his family's lives as normal as possible. "Anomalous" autistic boy Manfred may be able to see the future and even travel in time, making him of great interest to powerful Arnie Kott. Jack hopes to help Manfred escape his dark visions, but is at risk of being pulled under by the swimmer he's trying to save.

I wouldn't recommend this one as a starter PKD, but it's another entertaining thought-provoker that confirms this author's brilliance and staying power
Gavirgas
This is a great introduction book to PKD's work. At least for myself. But it can still be enjoyed at any stage. I'm surprised no one has adapted this into a movie yet! But that would most likely ruin the book. As with much of PKD's stories, the character systems are amazingly well developed and you really get to feel what the experience is like in each one's mind. I feel this book is more surrealist satire than science fiction which is what makes it so appealing. If you're into psychology, metaphysics, philosophy, and dark humor - you will really enjoy this one! If you're looking for more of a "fantasy space opera" story this isn't like that at all. This is about ordinary people with ordinary problems that just so happens to take place in a very strange universe. I actually laughed out loud in many scenes and was delighted the entire way through! If you ever have downtime at your job, reading this will give you a fascinating escape into a parallel world that's distant, yet oddly familiar. I Highly recommend this one!
Peras
Another Philip K Dick classic. This is my 6th Philip K Dick book that I've read and one of my favorites. The world that he cultivates out of this harsh Martian landscape is quite intriguing and I find the interplay of all of the characters to be a lot more fun than some of the narrative A goes to B then, A goes to C stuff that Dick falls into for example in Ubik, Flow My Tears..., both great but structure-wise, they have a very plot-driven narrative whereas this relies heavily on character and in that that is where this book excels. Not only that, but the way Dick deftly handles various mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism, depression, and drug dependencies (as always) is done with such care and tenderness that you feel the horror of it while at the same time sympathizing with those who have such illnesses.
Majin
Good. As Philip K. Dick was a wonderful read in the sixties and seventies, a lot of his socalled speculations about the future are realities today, something we're of course liable to take for granted. Martian time slip is about colonization on mars and the power struggle dynamics pretty much transfered from what we're used to, by any earthly standard. But Dick has something more, he goes deep into the human mind and altered states of consciousness. I can still taste the dust from the hot and dry martian desert.