Review: Eye In The Sky By Philip K. Dick


WELCOME TO THE (NOT SO) REAL WORLD

EIGHT ACCIDENT VICTIMS AWAKE TO FIND THEMSELVES TRAPPED IN A BIZARRE ALTERNATE REALITY… OR DO THEY?

 

Book CoverEye In The Sky

Philip K. Dick
 

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 256 Pages
Date: 9th December 2010 (First Published 1957)

ISBN-10: 0575098996
ISBN-13: 978-0575098992

 
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Philip K. Dick was not a writer generally known for his humour, therefore it is unsurprising that his stories aren’t particularly noted for their comedy value. Yet his 1957 novel, Eye In The Sky, is undoubtedly a hysterically funny book, whether or not he intended for it to be comedic in tone. A story by which he uses his trademark motif of distorted reality to take a satirical swipe at the Cold War paranoia of McCarthyism that had gripped the US during the Fifties when the book was written. The end result mocking the absurdity of persecuting people for what they may or not secretly think, based on random, innocuous criteria which effectively means that anyone can come under suspicion.

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Review: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick


FAKE CAN BE JUST AS GOOD

IN THIS BLEAK FUTURE THE LACK OF EMPATHY IS MORE DISTURBING THAN THE COMPLETE ABSENCE OF IT

 

Book CoverDo Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick
 

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 208 Pages
Date: 29th March 2010 (First Published 1968)

ISBN-10: 0575094184
ISBN-13: 978-0575094185

 
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If you have seen the film Blade Runner you may think that you know what the book it is based upon, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? is all about. But you would be only partially correct in that assumption, as the film is a rather loose adaptation of the source material, focussing primarily on one aspect of the story while downplaying or completely ignoring much of the rest of the book’s ideas and themes. Anyone who reads the novel after having seen the movie first should not be surprised to discover that there are more differences than similarities; so don’t expect to stumble upon the terms Replicant or Blade Runner in the text, for example.

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Quotable: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, “Maybe I’ll Go…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY.

From one of Philip K. Dick’s most influential works, later adapted for the big screen as Blade Runner.

 

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Maybe I’ll go where I can see stars, he said to himself as the car gained velocity and altitude; it headed away from San Francisco, toward the uninhabited desolation to the north. To the place where no living thing would go. Not unless it felt that the end had come.

 
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Review: The Minority Report By Philip K. Dick


GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

POLICE COMMISSIONER GETS A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE BUT FAILS TO LEARN THE RIGHT LESSON FROM THE NIGHTMARE HE HELPED CREATE

 

Book CoverThe Minority Report

Philip K. Dick
 

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Orion
Format: Paperback
Date: 24th March 2005 (First Published 1956)

ISBN-10: 0752864319
ISBN-13: 978-0752864310

 
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The Minority Report is a thought-provoking short story with a central premise that is as equally disturbing as it is intriguing. A tale in which the protagonist finds himself being victimised by the system he was instrumental in creating. Yet he somehow manages to remain unwilling to acknowledge the fundamental flaws and unfairness of that system.

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Trivia: The Inspiration For, The Man In The High Castle


CREATIVITY DOESN’T OCCUR IN A VACUUM. ALL CREATIVE WORKS ARE PRODUCTS OF WHAT PRECEEDED THEM.

Would you like to know what inspired Philip K. Dick’s alternate history classic, The Man In The High Castle? Of course you would!

 

As you may already know, The Man In The High Castle is the Hugo Award winning, alternate history novel in which the Allies lost the Second World War, by American science fiction author, Philip K. Dick. What you may not know, is that the writer cited the primary influence for his work was the 1953 novel, Bring The Jubilee, by Ward Moore, which occurs in an alternate history, twentieth century United States wherein the Confederate States of America won the American Civil War in the 1860s.

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You learn something new everyday! (Assuming, of course, that you weren’t already aware of this fun and cheerful fact.)

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