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Occhio nel cielo

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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...more
Paperback, TIF Extra, 236 pages
Published 2012 by Fanucci (first published 1957)
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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...more
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...more
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
Mike Philbin
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...more
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"
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 www.fantasyliterature.com

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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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.
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
As you may have guessed from the synopsis, Eye in the Sky employs the ridiculous with an indiscriminate hand. Such brand of humor isn’t for everyone, nor is the novel. Not to come across as snotty, it is one of those reads that comes out better if the reader has a good grasp on their history lessons. That said, it does have that timeless quality as the U.S. hasn’t progressed that far from extreme political paranoia and race- and class-ism. And apparently, helicopter parenting is not a new phenom...more
Despite the fact that Blade Runner is one of my all time favorite movies, I've never read anything by Philip K. Dick before. His books inspired so many movies, I figured it was time to give one a shot. Eye in the Sky was like a particularly trippy Twilight Zone episode, as a group of visitors to a radioactive device called the Bevatron meet with an accident and suffer a bizarre series of side effects. I would have given it four stars but the material felt more than a little dated. I still want t...more
Roddy Williams
‘What begins as an ordinary laboratory visit turns into a bizarre and apocalyptic experience when a particle-light beam slices across the visitors’ paths, plunging them into different worlds constructed from their innermost dreams and fears. As emergency works (sic) scramble to free them from the wreckage, their minds begin an incredible journey through one fantastic shared world after another.’

Blurb from the 2003 Gollancz paperback edition

Dick here explores one of the most common themes of his...more
Scott Holstad
Eye in the Sky was great fun to read! I think it's Dick's funniest book ever. He had so much humor in his earlier books. The novel centers around Jack Hamilton, a scientist who's fired from his defense contractor job because his wife is a suspected Communist. The book was published in 1957, but the plot takes place in 1959, which is odd because Dick usually places his plots much further out than that. Anyway, Hamilton and his wife go on a tour of a scientific facility that has something called a...more
Another book that I wanted to like more than I did. One of the difficulties with reading older classic sci-fi is that sometimes you forget how impressive it was when it was first published -- you're jaded by all the amazing stuff that's been written since. I have a feeling this was a remarkable book when it was first published, but it fell a little flat for me.

Which is annoying, because the premise is exactly my kind of thing: a physics accident propels a group of people into another world, wher...more
Gerald Kinro
While sightseeing at the Belmont Bevaton, Jack Hamilton and seven others are in a lab accident with the facility’s proton beam deflector. They are all injured, an upon awakening, they find themselves in a fantasy world one where strict religious and moral rules reign. Damnations and death to infidels are the norm. Scientist Hamilton figures out a way to return to the normal world. To do this however, they must pass through three other fantastic worlds that make the first one pale by comparison....more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
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: lo è senz'altro Occhio nel cielo, fortunato romanzo che coniuga le necessità economiche di Dick con il desiderio di scrivere mol...more
Jacqueline Tao
In pure Philip K Dick fashion, "Eye in the Sky" revolves in a fantastical universe caused by some sort of scientific anomaly. However, instead of taking please in the "not-too-distant" future, this novel takes place during the period in which Dick wrote the novel. Published in 1957, this novel integrates and comments on the problems of the time. The nuclear arms race, religion, the Communist party, and the Soviet Union.

The novel revolves around our central character, Hamilton, a top research sci...more
Every once in a while I'll go on a Ursula LeGuin kick, or a classics kick, or a sci-fi kick, or the like. A week or two ago, I got five or ten books from my dad's sci-fi collection and started working through them. This was the second or third one, and it was...disappointing.

I started this book with high expectations, as I'd read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? last year and liked it a lot. But while Eye in the Sky was entertaining, it was nowhere near as good as I was expecting.

Maybe it wa...more
Joseph S
I enjoyed this book. The three stars are dubious because, while I was very intrigued by the story and the narrative, I was thrown off a bit by some unclear writing. Highly imaginative and an effective critique, 'Eye in the Sky' is the perfect book for Communistic paranoia and coupled with Dick's drug paranoia, is a hallucinatory trip that could have very well served as the inspiration for Inception. An earlier novel of PKD's, it serves as a fantastic precursor to his most well known narrative th...more
Felix Zilich
Во время запуска нового дефлектора на атомной станции в Вайоминге происходит серьезная авария. Ее жертвами становятся восемь случайных человек, которые пришли сюда этим утром вместе с экскурсоводом. Погребенные под обломками рухнувшего балкона и облученные сильным зарядом радиации они оказываются в плену совершенно новой реальности. Реальности, созданной одним из них – безумным ветераном, исповедующим бахаизм…

Первые 50 страниц этой книги вполне можно считать лучшим и самым интригующим началом за...more
My fourth Phil K. Dick book. A freak accident with a proton beam deflector warps Jack Hamilton and seven others into a succession of alternate realities, fashioned after each individual's subconscious. The group must traverse through these in their attempt to get back to "real life", or how you call that, by learning the ropes of each world and using them against its maker, who always antagonizes the others.

Subjective realities are Phil K.'s bread and butter. I can't think of any of his stories...more
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. 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 Memo...more
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