Arnie Kott is obsessed by the past; the native Bleekmen, poverty-stricken wanderers, can see into the future; while to Manfred, an autistic boy, time apparently stops. When one of the colonists, Norbert Steiner, commits suicide, the repercussions are startling and bizarre....Continua
I am really enjoying Philip K. Dick at the moment. This one was great, I love Mars, I love books set on Mars. This one was wonderful. There was a real sense of frontier in the colonies, while at the same time feeling like it could just be set on earth. Everything felt very realistic and grounded, despite the weirdness. I did enjoy all the psychology discussions, even though it did seem to be saying that autism and schizophrenia were the same thing, just one as the adult version of the other, which is definitely not true. Still it was a lovely look into what is reality, and how we treat people, and was scary and disturbing at the same time.
I enjoyed the characterisation of this book probably more than the other Philip K. Dick books I read. I felt an underlying sympathy with all the characters, particularly the women. The world wasn't too different, there weren't too many concepts to try and understand. But at the same time the Martians, the Martian environment and the technology seemed to fit flawlessly into the very human story.
After reading so many of his stories where there are colonies on mars and not being able to see those colonies it was great to actually be able to be there. Especially as they had Martian colonies in the 90s! If only real life were that progressive!...Continua
Dick is a great author, and he attempts to prove it once more with this novel, whose age only weights on some aspects.
The themes are deeply original, but the author mixes them with known images of sci-fi in a way that they sound as an expansion of something we already know.