Martian Time-Slipby Philip K. Dick
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 Workers’ Union--suspect that Manfred’s disorder may be a window into the future. But what sort of future? And what happens to those unfortunates whom Manfred ushers into it? In Martian Time-Slip, Philip K. Dick, the incomparable genius of speculative fiction, uses power politics and extraterrestrial real estate scams, adultery, and murder to penetrate the mysteries of being and time. The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation--this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges.--Ursula K. LeGuin, New Republic
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Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK(1928–1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall,Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
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In keeping with the theme from Phil's 'The World that Jones Made', the main character is a small boy who is autistic. The view of this character is that he views ALL periods of time in his life (past, present, future) at once. As such, he is forever trapped and un-able to communicate. Unfortunately, one of the most powerful men on Mars is determined to use the boy's talents to get further control over Mars -- and the future. This is one of the most moving tales ever written. As with all of Phil's works, you really understand the characters and what happens to them. All of his works are a reflection of modern society -- cast as 'science fiction'.