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Martian Time-Slip

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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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chase Adams
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
Patrick
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
rachel
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
Jakob
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...






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One of the more surreal books I've read by PKD - Awesome :)
Kate Sherrod
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
Jack Stovold
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...more
Simon
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...more
Stuart
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...more
Misha
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Lyn
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...more
Chloe
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
Notes...

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...more
Michael
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Tim Niland
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
David
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?
Tess
"You must die," the dark man said. "Then you will be reborn. Do you see, child?"
"Yes," Manfred said. And then he fled into the blackness of the future . . . -p.0

"Rains are falling from me onto your valuable persons," he called to them, the proper Bleekman greeting in the Bleeky dialect. (..) Rising to his feet slowly, the young Bleekman male genuflected and said in a wavering, frail voice, "The rains falling from you wonderful presence envigor and restore us, Mister." -p.27/28

"One thing, when yo...more
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
Bryn
Jan 29, 2011 Bryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark science fiction fans
Recommended to Bryn by: In an anthology
Shelves: science-fiction
This was my first Philip K Dick novel. I found it in an anthology at my university library and picked it up carelessly, with no idea what I was in for. Even now, I've only read a couple other novels by PKD - Dr. Bloodmoney and Now Wait for Last Year, to be precise - and they are on the same level as this novel. I can't say if it's his best work, but I can say that I loved it in its twisted surreality, and I would read it again (after I finish the rest of his masterpieces, of course.)

Now, about...more
Benjamin
Not my favorite of Dick's works, but a very interesting blend of his usual interests: the gritty everyday life of the little people, with their hopes and small gestures towards happiness; the uncertainty of reality, the pervasive sense of potential mental illness, the mixed interest and fear of seeing the world through another's eyes--here, powerful union boss Arnie Kott wants to use the autistic Manfred Steiner to see the future but has trouble understanding when his visions end and his reality...more
Dean Tsang
I found this to be an excellent read. The characterisation of Manfred was handled excellently, matching up to the high standards authors such as Buten and Haddon set for the theme of autism in their works When I Was Five I Killed Myself and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime set respectively.

The relationship between Jack and Arnie was dealt with beautifully- I don't know how Dick managed it, but some parts of their relationship were both hilarious and dark at the same time.

The ch...more
Joseph
Filled with Philip K. Dick's usual cadre of determined women, business bulls, semi-functional schizos, and precog autistics, Martian Time-Slip reads like a fractured chess game. Petty squabbles between pawns eventually upset the kings and the entire power structure of a futuristic Mars colony.

Writing in the early 60s, Dick explores schizophrenia and autism as symptoms of a society split apart, dehumanized, and purposeless. Like all great science-fiction, Martian Time-Slip is a timeless examinati...more
Michael
As with much of Philip K. Dick's longer works, this has to do with the subjective nature of existence, packed into a little science fiction story set on a colonized Mars. There isn't much plot, just some settlers who attempt to make contact with an autistic boy, who they believe to be out of whack from the normal timeline. But it is the detailed lives, examined through their mundane lives that I enjoyed the most, as the repairman becomes a vital part of a society where shipping in new cheap gadg...more
Zorena
I had a hard time getting into this book. I don't deal well with in your face prejudice and PKD's use of the Nbomb was pretty off putting. The next obstacle were the views on the causes of autism and schizophrenia. This is when it sank in that this story did not age well.

Once I got past this I did start to enjoy the story. Politics, crime and betrayal are always more fun in an exotic setting. The trouble is that this Mars may as well have been Earth so scratch the locale thing too.

So what did I...more
Annise
I haven't read much Philip K Dick to date, but I'm all too aware of how prolific and highly regarded he is. Reading Martian Timeslip, it's easy to tell why he was so influential; the prose is interesting, with some very powerful imagery, the world-building seems effortless at times (if highly flawed from a modern viewpoint), and the story is compelling, if occasionally disturbing. However, I found it incredibly difficult to connect to this novel on an emotional level, which, given its focus on s...more
Matt
This book isn't really about living on Mars. It is set on Mars. The book is about schizophrenia. The problem with fiction is that you don't know what is true. I have read this book a couple of times now. I enjoy it some how. It is certainly classic Dick. It builds into a coherent story and then devolves into a question of reality. People kept asking me what it was about and it is really hard to explain concisely. I don't really want to say it is about schizophrenia because it is fiction.
Ethan
The idea that some forms of schizophrenia and autism may be related to "time-slips" is pretty interesting. The scenes in which the time slips are happening are pretty trippy with of course the classic Philip K. Dick meditations on the nature of reality and knowledge. Also, this was published in 1964, and it definitely shows with a lot of the language and themes. I didn't feel like it all came together as well as it could have, so I wouldn't place this among the "A List" of Philip K. Dick novels...more
Mike
There is an interesting premise at the core of Martian Time Slip, namely that autism is a kind of dysfunction of one’s perception of time. The idea is that the autistic person sees the world going past so fast, that most things and people are a blur. Only something extremely slow-moving , like a growing plant, is visible to them. It’s possible that this may have been an actual theory that PKD picked up from the scientific literature when the book was written in the mid 1960’s. I don’t think ther...more
Jillian
Read it if … you enjoy sci-fi that acts as a foil to history and to current affairs. When PKD wrote this novel, society was globalizing and centralized government was taking over. Martian Time-Slip also makes many allusions to the first American pioneers travelling West, manifesting their white American destiny and disregarding the displacement of indigenous tribes.

Don’t read it if … you’re easily offended. This ’60s era book reads like a ’60s era book, and at times I had to calm myself down. Be...more
Aha
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!
Mike Franklin
A very unsettling book; I found this much more demanding than other PKD books I have read. Almost all the characters in it were disturbed in some way or another which was a little trying at times. He really makes you experience the confusion and distress of the shizophrenic mind.
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