The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

by Philip K. Dick

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ISBN-13: 9780547572550
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 83,751
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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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The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
RAY_E More than 1 year ago
Have been reading much of PKD lately - incredible ideas in his work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...and I loved every page of it. This is one of my favorite books. Although I did not really understand everything that was going on the first time I read it. I re-read it recently and once I realized that I should take everything at face value it suddenly made a lot of sense to me. Although Dick was not particularly fond of this book I think it is one of his best, possibly even better than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
etimme on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I thought the idea of the Earth heating up so much that people cannot go outside and vacation at the poles was a great background for this story. The idea of the rich using evolution chambers to leave behind the shackles of their former humanity was also an interesting perspective on the idea of the future.Overall, I enjoyed the writing and pacing of the story, but not the story itself. I didn't like closing the book and being left with more questions than answers, especially when the core question was "did this even happen?" Did Bulero even really wake up from his drug fugue?
raggedprince on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very rich novel in ideas. I'm keen to see someone try and make a film of it. An interesting and unnerving book.
nakmeister on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In the future, Earth has many colonies where life is hard, and there is nothing much but work. Except Can-D, the illegal drug that enables the colonists to experience shared virtual reality experiences, far removed from their drab lives. For the manufacturer of Can-D, times are good. Until that is, the entrepeneur Palmer Eldtritch returns from his trip outside the solar sytem, bringing with him Chew-Z, which gives anyone whatever they want. But Palmer Eldritch rules as God in everyone¿s virtual world...Out of all the many books I had to read I decided to read this one, because it was supposed to be one of the science fiction classics. It¿s author, Phillip K. Dick, is one of the top science fiction authors of the 50¿s and 60¿s, the era when some commentators consider science fiction novels to be in their heyday. This book is one of his more famous books, so I was expected a lot from it. To tell you the truth I was very disappointed. It started off quite well, but quickly deteriorated becoming confusing and plain odd. It doesn¿t surprise me that this book¿s author was often into hallucinogenic drugs, the story here is very trippy, and while it has a couple of interesting ideas like shared illusory worlds, it didn¿t hang together well. It was only about 150 pages but I get the impression if it had been a lot longer, I wouldn¿t have finished it.
collsers on LibraryThing 5 months ago
PKD's vision of the future presented in this novel is frighteningly prescient -- people escape the doldrums of their life through an artificial "second life," plastic surgery has been replaced by medical "evolution," and so on. The ending will throw any reader for a loop, and requires several rereadings until you even think you might understand what is happening. However, PKD's strength has never been a coherent plot conclusion, but the startling details of the worlds he creates. In this novel, he excels at what he does best.
BooksForDinner on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The classic PKD visionary tale of an earth where you can't walk outside in due lack of atmosphere (global warming) and a recreational drug that transports people into another, miniature world (second life, etc)... Arguably the most underrated author of the 20th century, certainly in the Science Fiction genre... Minority report, blade runner, etc... all adapted from his works.
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