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Eye in the Sky

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  3,843 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
What begins as a stroll on an overcast day turns into an apocalyptic experience for a group of visitors to a laboratory. When a telescope's particle-light beam slices across their paths, each one of them enters a dreamlike odyssey that exposes their innermost hopes, dreams, and terrifying fears. As emergency workers desperately scramble to rescue the victims from the charr ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published May 3rd 1993 by Collier Books (first published 1957)
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Glenn Russell
Jun 22, 2015 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 10, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 18, 2016 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Imagine a world formed by your very own points of view. By your very own fears and insecurities. Now, imagine a world made by a religious, patriarchic war veteran's personality. Or a conservative, insecure, unmarried, neurotic, man-fearing woman's hang-ups. These, among others, are the main themes of this novel by Philip K. Dick.

After an accident, eight people have to survive through four different realities in order to come back to the real world. These realities are products of the minds of t
Sarah Anne
4.5 stars. I'm rounding it up to five because it was really quite brilliant.

The story is about 8 people who are involved in an accident. While they're unconscious, they live through a series of worlds that trap them in the worldview of the mind of one after the other of the unconscious or semi-unconscious people. These are often hilarious and I laughed out loud several times. But they're also fascinating because it shows how our perceptions of the world are really quite different from one anothe
K. Dick'in oldukça erken işlerinden birisi; vefakat yine harika. Yine aynı dönemlerde yazdığı The World Jones Made'i de andırıyor biraz.

Bir şeyler oluyor, bir patlama, sekiz kişi, hepsinin zihni birbirine karışıyor. O sırada içinde yaşadıkları dünya, her birinin zihni durumuna ve psikolojisine göre değişiyor. İlki de, en güzel olanı. Muhteşem bir hicivle, 'kutsal kitaptaki her şey gerçek olsa, bir tanrı var olsa hayat nasıl olurdu' irdeleniyor. Dick, mesela dua etmeyi, dini oportünizmi komik şek
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
Feb 25, 2008 Hertzan Chimera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2012 T4ncr3d1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, statunitensi
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
Dec 03, 2013 Jonathan Briggs rated it liked it
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
Jul 16, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it
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
Let's get one thing out of the way, because this will be important to people soon: This is not the story that the new movie starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman was based on. Please do not think that Alan Rickman's final role was in a science fiction story; as cool as that would have been, this is just not the case.

Sorry to break your hearts.

This novel, written in 1957 by Philip K. Dick, is kinda sorta like a lot of Dick's novels in that there's always this paranoia of McCarthyism throughout,
Apr 11, 2012 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Kat  Hooper
Aug 08, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Nur Seza
Oct 21, 2016 Nur Seza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okuduğum butun PKD romanlarını beğenerek sonlandirdim ama bu en en en muhtesemiydi. Yeri geldi okurken zorlandim, yeri geldi olay örgüsü ruyalarima konu oldu. Bütün bu fantastik dünyanın içinde siyasi ve dini ince denemelerine bayılıyor, 5 yıldızı yapistiriyorum canım.
Jan 16, 2017 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Philip K Dick's earliest novels (his ninth, in fact), originally published in 1955. As such, it makes for compelling fiction with a science fiction-like twist, but may not be classified strictly as "science fiction". It takes place in the then near-future year of 1957, when eight people are involved in a tragic lab accident that transports them through time and space to a multitude of various worlds and states of consciousness.

The worlds are eventually revealed to be solipsistic m
Ryan Langrill
Oct 22, 2012 Ryan Langrill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Feld
Jan 01, 2015 Lisa Feld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bard
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
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
Aug 03, 2010 That70sheidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2010
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Aug 28, 2016 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A "wow!" book. Jack Hamilton has just lost his job at a government contractor company after his wife Marsha is suspected of communist sympathies. As they are departing, breakdown in Proton Beam Deflector of the Belmont Bevatron pushes Jack and Marsha and a small group of other people into an alternate reality. Here religion is "real": swearing or taking the Lord's name in vain brings on locusts or other pains; praying works; angels show up; miracles occur; etc. The religion though is a small sec ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Dec 30, 2009 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, pulp
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.
Feb 08, 2016 Nino~ch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was fun reading about insanity and imagination of others and influence of above mentioned on the way they see the world. How insane can one's mind appear for others, who are insane themselves, all in their own special way.
I like the writer very much so and enjoy his style of writing, but if i had not read for example "Do androids dream of electric sheep" already, i guess i would have liked this one even more than i already do.
Aug 13, 2015 Jay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
NEVER READ THIS AGAIN is what I wrote on the cover. A message to my future self, no Ubik required. I remember it as shallow, unlikely, and disappointing. (view spoiler)
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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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