The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
â€œA psychedelic odyssey of hallucinations-within-hallucinations from which no reader emerges unscathed.â€â€”Boston Globe
On Mars, the harsh climate could make any colonist turn to drugs to escape a dead-end existence. Especially when the drug is Can-D, which translates its users into the idyllic world of a Barbie-esque character named Perky Pat. When the mysterious Palmer
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A Philip K. Dick novel so crazy I found myself laughing out loud on every page. Here are a dozen key ingredients PKD mixes in his hallucinogenic science fiction rollercoaster:
The illegal hallucinogenic drug Can-D
Drug of choice for those colonists on Mars and other remote planets, a drug enabling its chewers to inhabit the same body and mind-stream and then travel together to an appealing illusory reality in another dimension.
The legal (sort of) hallucinogenic drug Chew-Z
Taken solo for a solo tr ...more
Without going into the synopsis in any detail, this novel features a drug induced virtual reality, initially with the aid of Ken and Barbie-like dolls in their nicely furnished dollhouse. The VR sessions are called "translations", a very popular past time in the hellish Mars colony. The drug is caled Can-D, later on a new type of drug called Chew-Z comes on th ...more
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This was the 10th and final PKD book I read last year after 40 years without reading any. I always felt as a teenager that I would get more from his books as an adult, and I think I was right. This one is a real mind-bending experience, deliciously strange and tantalizing with its ideas.
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965) is one of the earliest PKD novels that deals ...more
― Philip K. Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Enter into PKD's drug-infused, gnostic future. All his entheogens are belong to us. PKD is at his high point when he infuses his dark futurism with his gnostic explorations and his drug-fueled moral investigations. In 'The Three Stigmata of Palmer E ...more
Incidentally, the covers for the old editions of his are so much better than the one I've got:
I mean, i ...more
The picture PKD paints of the sad Martian colonists taking drugs and playing with dolls (becoming one with the dolls) reminds me of the...stereotypical...image the world has of the American nerd stuffing himself with junkfood and playing Sims, losing track of the time, of the day while living a better - or at least dynamic - life on a more vib ...more
Dick is famous for his drug use and for taking speed before cranking out an entire novel in fifteen hours flat. This book, to me, feels like his most drug-influenced book. Not because of his crazy ideas, those are to be expected. I ...more
"You see them often?" asked Hunca. Her tone was casual, but Tom immediately caught the edge in her voice.
"Who do you mean?" he said, pretending not to understand. It was a strategy that had worked before.
Hunca moved a step closer to the layout. "The Chinese," she breathed, unable to contain her excitement any longer as she gazed at the doll's-house. Her ample breasts rose and fell under the thin s ...more
Lettura dalle molteplici interpretazioni, a tratti straripante per il devastante contenuto.
La cinica visione dell'autore mette alla berlina le nostre contraddizioni ed insoddisfazioni, tratteggiando un'umanità totalmente allo sbando ed alla perenne ricerca di sicurezze.
Il disperato bisogno d'evadere -vedi gli inquietanti modellini di Perkie Pat e Walt- si concretizza in un tremendo distacco dalla realtà, delineando un contesto ove ...more
Review of 'Saint Maybe' and 'Stigmata'
There were clues in the titles, I realise retrospectively, that these were both books about God: ‘Saint’ in one, ‘Stigmata’ in the other…a complete coincidence that I read them back to back.
But what different takes – well, they would be different, wouldn’t they? Tyler and Dick. Not two authors one would typically mention in the same breath.
Saint Maybe deals ...more
Ομολογώ, όταν πρόκειται για τον Φίλιπ Ντικ δεν μπορώ να είμαι αντικειμενική, έχω οξύτατη έξη από την γραφή του, δεν μπορώ να διαβάσω κανένα από τα βιβλία του χωρίς να θαυμάσω τη φαντασία και την ικανότητά του να στήνει πολλαπλούς κόσμους και αντικατοπτρισμούς της πραγματικότητας, χωρίς πουθενά να κουράζει ή να μπερδεύει τον αναγνώστη. Καλά, ίσως μόνο στο Valis, όπου o εθισμός του από τις αμφεταμίνες, τη θρησκεία και τα αντικαταθλιπτικά είχε φτάσει πια σε δ ...more
My synopsis: Working through the nature of reality and illusion, this story is set in a future that is anything but Utopian. Earth is going through a "fire" age and a human can not survive more than a few seconds outside during daylight; this has forced humanity to spend all daylight hours in a warren of buildings and tunnels. Additionally, a draft is set up to send humans out to the colonies on Mars and v ...more
Yet at the same time, what does it matter? The story within a book or a film is more or less just a higher level dream sequence, isn't it?
The Three Stigmata is full ...more
In the future the world has become greatly overpopulated and even the offworld colonies are cramped and unpleasant. An illegal drug which a large proportion of the population take, called Can-D, takes users into an hallucinogenic state which can be shared with friends. Palmer Eldritch, missing and thought possibly dead, returns to the sol ...more
And fortune comes in threes
But I wish I knew that number
That even little children seem to see
Oh, I'm missing everything I knew
It's just so hard to be a child
Oh, i'm missing all the things i knew
Yet whinge i knew nothing at all
I whinge i knew nothing at all"
For a speculative novel, this book packs the ideas together like sardines. Scattered among its pages are developments in global warming, colonization, drug ...more
eldritch adj. – unearthly; weird; strange
Okay, I’m halfway through my Exegesis-plus-12-novels PKD read along, so to celebrate I want to start this review with a bit of research. As any fan will probably tell you, Philip K. Dick wrote a lot. And by “a lot”, I mean 48 novels*, and 121 short ...more
Dick's prose is the worst prose I have ever read in a professionally published work. It is beyond bland, beyond clunky, well into painful. The novel is essentially all dialog. The worldbuilding is perfunctory and amateurish. There is no sense of place and no atmosphere. Everything takes place as if in a white room.
All the characters are cardboard, and they are all the same character. They all talk the same way, in a dull 1960's casual style with occasional 1960s slang. T ...more
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch begins with one company’s illegal domination of the major drug industry. The dru ...more
Years ago, I was amazed by a novel of Stanislaw Lem's called The Futurological Congress. Both the Lem novel and Palmer Eldritch are about worlds that are so miserable, so unlivable, that only a highly sophisticated drug can keep you from ripping your heart out and eating it. I thoug ...more
Poor PKD. What was going on inside there? I know, it's only science fiction, but here's something else I got out of this book; what it's like to be a drug addict, and an understanding of what it's like to look into the yawning abyss.
I am still trying to work out if Dick is a genius or the Barbara Cartland of sci fi. Perhaps its me. Hey ho.
It was somewhat difficult to get into from the first few pages. I kept asking myself ‘what the hell is going on here?’ Ideas are discussed in the f ...more
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