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Martian Time-Slip Paperback – May 30, 1995
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Dick's 1968 novel offers a world in which water is a precious commodity and schizophrenia is the norm. For all sf collections.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation -- this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown [Jorge Luis] Borges. -- Ursula K. LeGuin
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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
I said that this at times is an uncomfortable read. That's not a bad thing, for the author has successfully given us a true insight on the mind of mentally unbalanced individuals and the physics of time.
Jack Bohlen and his wife, Sylvia and son David have immigrated to Mars; where Jack makes a living as a repairmen. When Jack meets Arnie Kott his life changes drastically. Arnie, who is the founder of the water works company on Mars gives Jack a job and buys his contract out and enrolls him.
Dr.Glaub is a psychotherapist at camp B.G where he meets an interesting autistic boy names Manfred Steiner, who some think may be the key to unlocking the ability to foresee the future. Arnie sees a opportunity to use the child as a business endeavor and has given Jack the responsibility to connect and understand the boy. Gubble, Gubble. That's all he sees, or is it? Gubble, Gubble.
He has also given us a look at early Mars colonization, which I thought to be quite realistic in a way. Perhaps its isolation that makes the mind guess at things. I do not spoil, I only try to entice. Not among my favorites of his(although I have many of his works yet to read)I much preferred "UBIK" or "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said". A must read for an uber fan, but don't start with this.
An interesting read that only PKD can give you.
I enjoyed the book and I do believe I somewhat understand its meaning. PKD has done a incredible job at somewhat what goes through a mind of an autistic. At one point in the book, we are treated with an interesting scenario from four different peoples points of view, which was quite brilliant.
Martian Time-Slip was published in 1964.