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Martian Time-Slip

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,258 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
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 disordermay be a window into the future. In Martian T ...more
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Published (first published 1964)
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May 04, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martian Time Slip by Philip K. Dick, published in 1964, is one of PKDs better books.

Set on Mars, this is largely about Terran colonists taking care of business. Dick provides a snapshot of social, political and economic life on Mars. “Bleekmen” are the long suffering indigenous extra-terrestrial native Martians, cast aside like Native Americans and called the N word by a fat cat union boss.

Carrying on the tradition set by Robert A. Heinlein in Red Planet and Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicl
Feb 11, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Gubble me more, she said. Gubble gubble me, put your gubbish into me, into my gubbish, you Gubbler. Gubble gubble, I like gubble! Don't stop. Gubble, gubble gubble gubble, gubble!”

That there is some beautiful dialogue from PKD’s wacky 1964 novel Martian Time-Slip. I remember reading this in the 80s but I have practically no memory of the plot. However, I do remember all this “Gubble gubble” business very vividly. There is a surreal hallucinatory feeling to it that I will never forget.

The title
Paranoia, schizophrenia, greed, exploitation, suburban ennui, adultery, real estate scams, small-time businessmen, robot educators, colonization of Mars, distortions of time and reality, gubble, gubble, gubble...

Yep, this is another of PKD's brilliant explorations of the minds of his characters, themselves extensions of his own explorations of paranoia and reality. And this one takes it careful time establishing the inner lives of its fairly large caste of troubled characters. It doesn't kick in
Printable Tire
Sep 06, 2011 Printable Tire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Working my way back into reading all Dick's novels again. Here is some classic Dick (ew!): the clunky exposition, the complexity of reality. This one begins and ends by concerning itself with a bevy of topics and characters: unions, autism, the education system, family life, marital infidelity, gentrification, small-time businessmen, racism, aborigines, mental illness in children, and etcetera. Martian Time-Slip begins and ends as a story about modern suburban life, and the fact that it takes pl ...more
chase Adams
May 02, 2007 chase Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was finished with Philip K Dick, but it was either this or Maze of Death at the used bookstore and I had some store credit to abuse. Good thing, too. You read the wrong PKD novel, you feel as if they're all the same and you've got it covered. Martian Time-Slip taught me that its still worth it to find all the gems among such a massive output. Most of his novels do an incredible job of replicating the feeling of an acid or mushroom trip. This one applies those techinques towards anxie ...more
I'm writing this review to say that this rating is given in the strictest sense of the Goodreads "it was OK" and should not be taken to mean that I think this book is in any way "fair" or "poor." Because it's not. In fact, if Goodreads had the half star, the "almost liked it!" this one would definitely get it. It would get the three-quarters star even. This review is one of the few that I'm approaching in an entirely opinionated way, because as far as books go, the part of me that is not biased ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Jakob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The gubbish ran down the walls as I sat,
as I sat the gubble gubble.

I looked down at the gubbish where my fingers used to be,
as I sat finger bones shiny with gubbish click clacked on a rusty metal framework,
coloured wires slithering in and out of it like lustful worms.

As I sat down to write my gubbish review
I gubbled, I saw the wet bones click clacking on dirty metal.
We're all gubbish in the end...

One of the more surreal books I've read by PKD - Awesome :)
Jan 23, 2011 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fiction
You really scare me sometimes, Phil.
Doug H
Jun 14, 2016 Doug H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dick's prose and character development is as poor as ever here, but the metaphysical ideas and social commentary as well as the storyline itself are so genius that I simply don't care. I first read this when I was in my twenties and devouring all the Dick I could find. I enjoyed it even more this time around. Short, strange and surreal and pretty perfect for what it is: Classic American Science Speculative Fiction.
Jack Stovold
Sep 06, 2012 Jack Stovold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Philip K. Dick Project

Entry #24 - Martian Time-Slip (written Oct. 1962, published Apr. 1964)

Martian Time-Slip is another moody masterpiece from Dick, full of what are rapidly becoming staples of his work, schizophrenia and mental illness, blurred realities, psionic abilities (often linked to mental illness and blurring of reality) and his unique mixture of the mundane and the fantastic, the humorous and the terrifying.
Only a Philip K. Dick book could have a plot about the greedy, power-hun
May 29, 2015 Estelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read and, so far, one of the most accessible PKD novels I've read. It only gets weird and tripy late in the story, but when it happens you'd better buckle your seatbelt because it is WEIRD.
Jimmy Ele
May 26, 2015 Jimmy Ele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a masterpiece of storytelling. I especially enjoyed the repetition of dialogue in order to emphasize the same scene occurring again (albeit from a different perspective/perception). The time manipulation aspects of the writing, and the twists that keep the reader not being able to truly tell what is the reality of things is simply brilliant. The interspersed humor throughout is great especially when used to counterbalance the dark aspects of the story. I especially loved the dark as ...more
Kate Sherrod
Jul 08, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the many, many things I love about Philip K. Dick is how he can make fantastic science fictional scenarios into studies of utter human banality (and yes, despair) but still make me want to live in them. Martian Time-Slip, for instance, also feels like it could, and likely would, be marketed nowadays under a title like Real Housewives of Mars. Except they're mid 20th century type housewives, so they actually, you know, fix lunch for their children and whatnot.* So maybe it's really more li ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-masterworks, sf
Another mind boggling book of strange ideas and unexpected plot developments that are the author's trademark. The ending felt a little tame by his standards, especially considering The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch that came out the following year, but still very good.

There is an interweaving cast of well drawn and interesting characters that the narrative focuses on and some interesting themes explored such as mental illness and the nature of reality.

The story is set on Mars, in the not to
Tim Niland
Mar 08, 2009 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Dick must have been an optimist about space travel because while the Gemini program had barely gotten off the ground when this book was originally published in 1964, he had humans in colonies in Mars in 1988! This book is the great tradition of science fiction about the red planet, like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ray Bradbury, Dick has humans carving out a hardscrabble life on the transformed Mars frontier. Schizophrenia and autism are on the rise in the inhabitants of Mars, and young Manfred Stei ...more
Clayton Stephens
I'm giving it five stars for originality. Maybe it won't touch your soul, but it's certainly fascinating and entertaining.
Apr 19, 2016 Sookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, 2015
Everybody has their own agenda in this world; some are crueler in its execution than others...

The motivation behind primary protagonist's thought process is greed and his infinite ego. Its the most basic human flaw that has the capacity to ruin an entire world. In Martian Time-Slip, this very greed of land and overlord mentality brings down this man from his pedestal of power to crude death. Dick does this wonderfully without surrounding him with morally righteous characters.

I am not sure of ch
Mina Villalobos
Another fantastic book. Martian Time-Slip deals with life in Mars, where children with autism and schizophrenia are sent to special schools where they are treated and cared for. Precognition is said to be one of the side effects of schizophrenia, and then a strange tale of altered mind states, corruption and real state scams, exploring the nature of reality, what is true, how much of the future is preordained, how much can it be tampered with, how do we relate to our world's global mind, and of ...more
Dec 06, 2010 Misha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2010
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Jul 15, 2012 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Summer seems to have finally been coaxed into sticking around in the Pacific North-West and has roused my abiding love of quick and easy beach reads from its den of slumber. Because, really, what would summer be without some mind-bending science fiction? Far less entertaining, at the very least. So is it really any wonder that when I saw the sun rising above Mt. Hood at an especially clear 5:30am the other day I took it as a sign that it was finally time to read the second volume in the Library ...more
Nick Tramdack
May 09, 2011 Nick Tramdack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

7: "Or perhaps time flowed differently on Earth than on Mars; he had read an article in a psychology journal suggesting that. His father would arrive a tottering, white-haired old relic." Again the classic Dickian estrangement move: a SF explanation is added in, as it were to give the rational POV character permission to think the very thoughts we might think naturally, but dismiss [due to ideology?].
12: "...monument to Alger Hiss, the first UN martyr"
46: a glass of beer is twice the
Mark Tallen
I perhaps hoped for better things from this novel but it just didn't live up to my expectations. During my days reading it I can't say that I was compelled to pick it up. There are other Philip K. Dick books that I plan on reading in the future and I'm confident that I'll enjoy them more. 2.5/5 stars.
Jun 08, 2015 Murray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voraciously read science fiction from about 1977 to 1980 or so, tearing through all of the classics from Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury, Bova, Heinlein, etc. And then I stopped reading it, perhaps because my tastes changed. "Martian Time-Slip" is probably about the third sci-fi book that I've read in 30 years, which means that my senses in this genre are not as keen as they used to be.

While I liked the book, I found it to be a little overambitious and and overreaching in its themes, with some very o
Asaad Almohammad
Martian Time-Slip is a sci-fi that was published in 1964. There are many things I liked about it: mental illness as central theme, colonization and social dynamic on Mars, the dangers of big government, and the use/manipulation of robot educators.
A refuge where the mentally ill are cured, their struggle to maintain normalcy, and the fear of relapse are very fascinating issues to explore but that wasn’t the focus of Martian Time-Slip; it could have been though. I was under the impression it woul
Oct 30, 2010 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-white-square
This was easier than the others of his I've read. But I didn't think that the Arnie Kott character worked very well. He's a corrupt trade union kingpin who likes communal showering and sharing girlfriends and thinks that the man who repairs his tape player will be able to invent, in a couple of days, a machine enabling a severely autistic boy to communicate for the first time and travel in time. Why?
Jul 06, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great mind bender, time bender, as only Philip K Dick can write. People have colonized Mars, bringing along all their racial divides, social differences, and religious prejudices, along with of course their more admirable traits. Now the Earth UN authorities plan a large expansion of the Martian settlement.

In the meantime, there is a Mafia style ganglord, autistic and schizophrenic kids, suicidal smugglers, a sympathetic mistress, bored housewives, and Martian natives (treated very much like
Jan 29, 2013 Aha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning! You may experience schizophrenia while reading this book!
Philip K. Dick is a genius!
The book is written specifically so that you have an idea what it is. Besides you live amidst Mars!
I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters.

This is one the most lucid PKDs. Instead of a messianic hope, the characters are clinging to a rather petty normality and mental illness serves as an antagonist instead of a Manichean demiurge, a grandiose conspiracy or some such. While it's got a whiff of absurdism about it, the story is more like the other side of the coin, the depressing counterpart to the author's usual escapist (or manic) tales. It's still got humor th
Jack Pramitte
May 27, 2016 Jack Pramitte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phil-dick
2004, sur une Mars fantasmée, vivent tant bien que mal des colons à la recherche d'une nouvelle vie, loin d'une Terre polluée et surpeuplée. Arnie Kott, sur Terre un plombier, sur Mars le chef tyrannique d'une compagnie de fourniture d'eau, règne sur la colonie. Quand il apprend que Manfred, un enfant autiste, pourrait avoir des visions du futur, il y voit une nouvelle source de profit. Il fait appel à Jack Bohlen, réparateur de son état, et lui-même ex-schizophrène, l'homme idéal pour « réparer ...more
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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
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