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Martian Time-Slip

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  6,461 ratings  ·  312 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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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
Printable Tire
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
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
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 :)
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
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
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.
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
You really scare me sometimes, Phil.
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
Jimmy Ele
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
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
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
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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

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
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
Clayton Stephens
I'm giving it five stars for originality. Maybe it won't touch your soul, but it's certainly fascinating and entertaining.
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
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?
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!
Jack Pramitte
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
Another PKD with some weird psychology, but it actually makes more sense than most of his weird mental state stories. As always, the back text tells you almost nothing about the story. I just approach Philip K Dick novels as a treasure hunt (I will not use a "box of chocolates" analogy). This one is more about Human colonists on Mars and a coming land speculation boom and gradually converts to an exploration of psychological problems (I'm not sure it's really schizophrenia-focused). The common P ...more
"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
Oct 19, 2014 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
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
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
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
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
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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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