Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Occhio nel cielo” as Want to Read:
Occhio nel cielo
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Occhio nel cielo

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  3,189 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Un’esplosione in un impianto nucleare scaglia otto persone in un universo impazzito in cui le leggi non sono più quelle conosciute, dove i miracoli esistono e si può volare in Paradiso appesi al manico di un ombrello, oppure si può far scomparire il mare o il cielo con la forza del pensiero, e dove una casa può
trasformarsi in un mostro orrendo pronto a divorare i suoi abit
Paperback, TIF Extra, 236 pages
Published 2012 by Fanucci (first published 1957)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Occhio nel cielo, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Occhio nel cielo

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Glenn Russell

For liberal, open-minded men and women, dealing with religious fundamentalists can be most unpleasant. From my own experience, I recall several nasty cases: my Sunday school teacher giving us kids a pep talk on the virtues of racism and segregation; whilst accompanying a college buddy to his church, listening to the minister browbeat the congregation with threats of hellfire; aggressive bible thumpers on my doorstep; a loudmouth bully manager using the Bible as a billy club to manipulate his sub
Whenever I meet someone whose world-view is really different from mine, I tend to think of this book. You know, they still believe that Saddam was behind 9/11 and hid his nukes in Syria, or Al Gore made up global warming for political reasons, or the Grand Canyon was formed a few thousand years ago during Noah's flood... that kind of thing. Read it and you'll see why. It's fun!

Next time you come across one of these people, they'll notice you're smiling rather than snarling, and probably they'll
Don't think sorry's easily said
Don't try turning tables instead
You've taken lots of chances before
But I ain't gonna give anymore, don't ask me
That's how it goes
Cause part of me knows what you're thinkin'


Like most of PKD's novels, 'Eye in the Sky' has several things going on at once. It is a not-so-subtle Anti-McCarthyism tract (written in 1957, close to the end of peak Red Scare), showing the absurdity of prosecuting and persecuting people for what they think. After that it is a rather interesti
The Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick is a smart, satirical, absurdist and brilliant allegory on Conservatism and McCarthyism.

It could also be a theological spoof with a psychological twist. Or a psychological comedy with theological themes.

It is also vaguely reminiscent of Heinlein’s Job: A Comedy of Justice. Not to be taken too seriously, it is PKD approaching his best: imaginative science fiction with religious undertones. In this case the religion is a central element, but used in such a wa
mark monday
"I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don't need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind"
Hertzan Chimera
Jack Hamilton, his wife and six other tourists visit a science institution and fall into the particle accelerator. They fall right in. Who is maintaining this institution, we may want to ask. Are the eight people killed in the fall? Are they burned to death in the electric fire?

These are questions that Philip K. Dick initially sidesteps completely.

The eight hapless individuals end up in another world. Dick loves this device; it’s something he used in his novel A Crack In Space (aka: Cantata-140
Questo panorama, questo ambiente... sono le circonvoluzioni del suo cervello, le colline e le vallate della mente di Silvester.

Una delle tematiche predilette di Dick è certamente la definizione della realtà, la contrapposizione tra la realtà individuale e quella collettiva: il pensiero corre subito all'arcinoto Ubik, che con i suoi violenti strappi al tessuto della realtà si è imposto come uno dei campioni della fantascienza contemporanea. Eppure, a cercare bene, si riesce a trovare di meglio: l
Jonathan Briggs
Like many pulp writers, Philip K. Dick wrote very fast and sometimes under the influence of substances that helped him write very fast. I'd guess that "Eye in the Sky" was slammed out in a couple of frenzied hours while Dick was out of his freakin mind on a dexedrine binge. One day, missile tech Jack Hamilton gets called before his employers, who are concerned that Jack's wife, Marsha, could be a commie sympathizer. They present Jack with an ultimatum: Lose the wife or lose the job. Full of indi ...more
Nate D
Our beliefs color how we see the world. We know this, but how far does this go in shaping our reality? Can we know for sure? Typical PKD theme, handled here in a very early incarnation of 1957: Eight people are caught in a scientific accident and discover their circumstances mysteriously altered by it. Sounds like Ubik, perhaps, and like that novel we're dealing with perception and reality in a kind of absurdist horror mode. But this quickly diverges into breakneck shifts in tone and context as ...more
An accident in a research facility leads to eight people being exposed to a powerful radioactive beam. When they awake they find themselves in a world determined by the cracked psyche of one of their group. But on their escape they find that – terrifyingly – they are now exposed to the fears and whims of another member of their party. What lurks for them next and will they ever return to the real world?

This is science fiction very much of its time, with the concerns of 50’s America writ large. T
Sean O'Leary
Easily one of PKD's best funny books Eye in the Sky creates a perfect satire of how people view reality since it takes place inside people's minds. The book shows how people can have such different perspectives of the same reality. I'd have to say the first two parts of the book are the funniest but later it starts to die down and become more serious.

It also has everything you'd expect from a PKD book; Alternate Realities, Love Complications(Much less than his other books though), Paranoia, Rel
Stuff I Read - Eye in the Sky by Phillip K. Dick Review

I have to admit, when I picked up this book I kind of assumed that it would be about some sort of satellite watching people or threatening people, some sort of Big Brother-type thing. I was not incredibly prepared for what really happened, for this book to be about privilege and trust and how each person makes the world. Basically, eight people are part of an accident at a particle collider, and get sucked into a series of dreamworlds that a
Charles Dee Mitchell
Dick wrote this novel in 1957 and set it in 1959. That's not much of a leap as things go in sf novels, but it allows Dick to keep the society he describes, that of Northern California with its combinations of defense contractors and university types, contemporary. When I read the novel, I thought the slight time alteration also allowed him to create the fanciful Bevatron, some sort of particle accelerator whose malfunction propels the plot. But it turns out UC Berkeley did have a genuine Bevatro ...more
Kat  Hooper
3.5 stars Originally posted at

Jack Hamilton has just lost his job as an engineer for a government defense contractor because his wife Marsha is a suspected communist sympathizer. Having nothing better to do for the afternoon, he accompanies Marsha to the viewing of a new linear accelerator. An accident at the accelerator beams the Hamiltons and six other unsuspecting citizens into a parallel universe that at first appears to be their world but soon starts to evince subt
Lisa Feld
Eight tourists, injured in an accident with a particle accelerator, find themselves in a shifting reality governed by whoever is closest to waking up. The problem is, one of them is a religious fanatic. One of them is a suspected Communist. And one of them is just plain crazy...

Of PKD's books, I like this one the best, despite its flaws. The view of women isn't as misogynistic as in some of his other work, and the shifting realities allow the tone to move from funny to scary to thoughtful. And t
I don't openly recommend this to anyone, but I certainly do to fans of Philip K. Dick. Although it's not as good as Vulcan's Hammer, it's better than many PKDs I've read and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's got the classic elements of PKD's writing that I like: the people are plausible and multi-dimensional human beings, the world is science fiction (people can figure out cause and effect with strange events and experiment on weird phenomena), and it goes in a direction I'd never have predicted, e ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jack Hope III
Originally, I was only going to give Eye in the Sky 3 stars, but added a fourth when I remembered that Philip K. Dick (PKD) published it in 1957. I am a fan of PKD, so perhaps I am biased.

PKD forces his readers to ponder some very interesting concepts. Are we living in a reality clouded by our perceptions and opinions? What happens when the opinions and perceptions of one person become the reality for everyone else?

There are obvious moments that reflect the age: the Red Scare, racism, and sexis
Ryan Langrill
I can't believe that this type of story isn't more common. I have read many Philip K. Dick books, and in fact just got done re-reading VALIS. Eye in the Sky is very much a PKD book, containing explorations of the nature of reality and also foreshadowing his later obsession with religion, but unlike his later books Eye in the Sky is light-hearted and fairly blunt about the exploration of alternate perspectives (with Man in the High Castle, for instance, reality is much harder to discern).

A brief
Marriage, race, science, religion, independence, psychology...where to begin? One hell of a character study but PKD's novels are always that so points of view it must be that make this work. One feels intimate with all of the characters by the end. A real life blitzkrieg from one person's fears and fantasies to the next and so dam real. The bizarre is what made this a lovable quick read for me (4 sittings) versus say a more realistically approached concept like A Scanner Darkly, which I've strug ...more
So how did PKD deal with the red scare? He wrote "Eye in the Sky".

Quick synopsis of the story goes a little like this. Jack Hamilton and seven others get trapped in a industrial accident and are all buzzed somewhere. A strange theocratic state ruled by an Old Testament Omnipresent being. Sounds crazy until it is figured out that this world is the subconscious of one of the accident victims. Once this is realized the members of the party render the captive mind unconscious... only to enter the su
My coworker and I have an informal PKD book club going in which we're gradually reading all of his novels. We didn't set out with any underlying strategy, only a shared appreciation of his work. My first foray into PKD's multiverse was the Divine Invasion, a book that completely eluded, and frankly annoyed, me at the time, but which I now plan on returning to, like a child who inevitably returns to dark green vegetables in adulthood with an enlarged palette. Point being, it wasn't the best place ...more
Eli Parker
This book was pretty entertaining, and I enjoyed reading it. The concept was fun, and the pacing was nice and brisk.

There were some stylistic things that bugged me. The characters would often assume something about their surroundings, and until a twist near the end, their assumptions were always right. The book portrays hostile worlds that exist inside the characters' minds, and occasionally it's implied that these characters honestly believe that's what the real world looks like, but they'd hav
I find it fascinating that this summer I have read two books written during the same Cold War period1957-1959 that made me overwhelmingly conscious of how new and fragile women's rights actually are. Thank God for Gloria Steinem, and all the brave feminists who helped advance women's fight for equality (we still have a quite a way to go).

Ok this is supposed to be a review of Phillip K. Dick's Eye in the Sky. Like the other Cold War Science Fiction novel I read this summer, Alas Babylon, I was i
By the time I read this I thought I'd figured out PKD's tricks: that at the end they were going to end the nightmarish transitions between each person's inner worlds, only to come back to reality and it not be reality.

Imagine my surprise when it had a happy ending. Definitely an early novel for PKD.

In retrospect, it would've been interesting to start reading his works from the earliest to the latest, to watch him change as a writer over time.
Stephen Curran
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Eye in the Sky is another early Philip K. Dick novel that is uneven, but uneven in a different way to his later writeitinaweekonspeed works. While it may be silly to just compare Dick's efforts to each other in lieu of considering their merits individually, I'm pretty much a neophyte when it comes to SF. I like it, a lot, but mostly I read Dick (see my last essay) because I really like Dick, so I can't really say how Dick's early work fits in to the canon of 50's/60's SF. I can however, talk abo ...more
Giorgio Bonvicini
Il primo aggettivo che mi viene in mente per descrivere questo libro è "denso". Denso di fatti, denso di idee e denso di significati.
Il viaggio dei protagonisti attraverso questa serie di mondi paralleli offre a K. Dick La possibilità di indagare minuziosamente la mente umana e soprattutto la nostra percezione e la nostra idea di realtà "vera". Del resto cosa sia vero e cosa no si ritrova in più o meno tutti i racconti e i romanzi dell'autore, ma in questo libro emerge prepotentemente e viene a
Εικοστό πρώτο βιβλίο του Φίλιπ Ντικ που διαβάζω, ήταν και αυτό με την σειρά του αρκετά παρανοϊκό και περίεργο, είχε και αυτό όλα τα συστατικά στοιχεία των υπόλοιπων έργων του, μόνο που ήταν αρκετά πιο εύκολο να παρακολουθήσει κανείς την εξέλιξη της ιστορίας, σε σχέση τουλάχιστον με άλλα βιβλία του.

Όσον αφορά την πλοκή, δεν θα πω πολλά πράγματα, γιατί έχουν πλάκα οι αποκαλύψεις που γίνονται και δεν θέλω να κάνω χαλάστρα σε κανέναν: Λοιπόν, στις 2 Οκτωβρίου του 1959, ο Εκτροπέας Ακτίνων Πρωτονίων
I needed to read something unpretentious, and this filled the bill. An accident with something called a Bevitron traps eight people into the paranoid, imagined world of one of victims. They escape, only to get stuck into another. A point about paranoia and government surveillance, surprisingly topical, is made. This is standard mind vs. reality Philip K. Dick fare. I read it from a thirty-five cent 1957 paperback. The cover features four men dressed in "Lost in Space" type uniforms running from ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Dreaming Jewels
  • Memoirs Found in a Bathtub
  • Press Enter
  • Who?
  • Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick
  • The Genocides
  • I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick
  • Strange Relations (omnibus w/Strange Relations, Flesh, The Lovers)
  • Limbo
  • Gladiator-at-Law
  • Even the Queen: & Other Short Stories
  • Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas
  • Untouched By Human Hands
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall
  • A Mirror for Observers
  • What Mad Universe
  • Make Room! Make Room!
  • Low Flying Aircraft And Other Stories
Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
More about Philip K. Dick...
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The Man in the High Castle A Scanner Darkly Ubik Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Share This Book

“Anti-cat is one jump away from anti-Semitism.” 0 likes
More quotes…