Tim Niland's Reviews > Martian Time-Slip

Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Mar 08, 09

bookshelves: 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 Steiner is so deeply afflicted that he shifts in and out of the present and past and is haunted by terrible visions of the future. When an unscrupulous businessman discovers that Manfred can view and even change the past, he takes this lonely young man and tries to use him for his own greedy aims. Dick writes about mental illness and autism with a great deal of compassion and dignity, well ahead of his time. This was a disturbing and fascinating cautionary tale of greed and bigotry that continues to resonate forty five years after it's original publication.
2 likes · likeflag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Martian Time-Slip.
sign in »

No comments have been added yet.