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read Eye in the Sky kindle â Paperback Ä While sightseeing at the Belmont Bevatron Jack Hamilton along with seven others is caught in a lab accident When he regains consciousness he is in a fantasy world of Old Testament morality gone awry—a place of instant plagues immediate damnations and death to all perceived infidels Hamilton figuresObject of cult like adoration from his legions of fans Philip K Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino With breathtaking insight he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselv Whenever I meet someone whose world view is really different from mine I tend to think of this book You know they still believe that Saddam was behind 911 and hid his nukes in Syria or Al Gore made up global warming for political reasons or the Grand Canyon was formed a few thousand years ago during Noah's flood that kind of thing Read it and you'll see why It's fun Next time you come across one of these people they'll notice you're smiling rather than snarling and probably they'll be relieved You'll spread a lot of happiness Unless you're foolish enough to tell them what you're smiling aboutPS If you're a PKD fan check out my uiz uestion

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While sightseeing at the Belmont Bevatron Jack Hamilton along with seven others is caught in a lab accident When he regains consciousness he is in a fantasy world of Old Testament morality gone awry a place of instant plagues immediate damnations and death to all perceived infidels Hamilton figures out how he and his The Gregg Press Science Fiction Series was created by David G Hartwell L W Currey as Editors The PKD Gregg Press Editions were largely distributed to libraries and their print runs were typically around 500 A new introduction by Sandra Miesel Frontispiece illustration by Hannah Shapero Eight visitors to a Bevatron site in Belmont California have an accident when a scaffolding collapses and they fall sixty feet to the floor below passing through the beam of the particle accelerator on the way to the ground One of those visitors Jack Hamilton has just been fired from his job at the guided missile plant because the military staff fear his wife Marsha may have Communist sympathies When he awakes he finds himself in the hospital along with the other victims of the accident Marsha McFeyffe the head of security at the missile plant Bill Laws the Negro tour guide Mr and Mrs Pritchet and their son and Miss Joan Reiss Luckily no one is hurt badly so they return to their homes only to discover that the world has strangely changedThey slowly discover that the world is now directed by a deeply involved god Physics electronics even economics work based on the grace of the One True God of Tetragrammaton More grace means your car works Loss of grace means that boils are visited upon your person The ruler of this world is Horace Clamp prophet of the One True God in Cheyenne Wyoming

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Eye in the SkyCompatriots can escape this world and return to their own but first they must pass through three other vividly fantastical worlds each perilous and hilarious than the one beforeWinner of both the Hugo and John W Campbell awards for best novel widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day and the I’ve only read five PKD novels so far but that’s enough for me to notice some recurring themes Like The Cosmic Puppets Time Out of Joint and Ubik the world in Eye in the Sky is not what it appears to be In all four of these books what the characters take to be reality isn’t reality at all In The Cosmic Puppets and Time Out of Joint the illusion is imposed from without In Ubik and Eye in the Sky it is imposed from within This is the theme of the world as a creation of the mind It is a much philosophical theme than the general theme of the world as illusion An illusion imposed from an external source is mere deception The illusion may come from other people who create a fake town It may come from supernatural entities who can alter the appearance of reality But in either case the illusion is intended to make someone believe reality is other than it truly is In the theme of the world as a creation of the mind the very nature of reality comes into uestion Eye in the Sky shares with Ubik than just the theme of the world as a creation of the mind Both novels leave the reader wondering whose mind is the mind creating the world and both have ambiguous endings But this is all done with greater subtlety and finesse in Ubik In Eye in the Sky once the author of the first version of the world is discovered it is not too difficult to figure out the authors of the later versions And the ambiguity of the ending is little than a tease Almost half the book is devoted to the first version of the world I was surprised and intrigued to find this religious world based on a nineteenth century Islamic cult I would have been even surprised if I hadn’t first read The Cosmic Puppets with its Zoroastrianism I know a little bit about Zoroastrianism but next to nothing about the Bahá’í Faith Apparently it grew out of an earlier cult called Bábíism named after its leader the Báb The holy book of Bábíism is the Bayán Dick simply imagined a second Báb If Tillingford had offered me the use of the intercom to heaven that he offered Hamilton I wouldn’t have passed up the opportunity to talk with Dick What a fascinating guy he must have beenThe second third and fourth versions of the world reveal of Dick’s interests morality mental illness and politics The prudish morality of the second world is hilarious The paranoid fantasy of the third world is horrifying And the McCarthyism of the fourth world is very apropos of the time in which Eye in the Sky was writtenOf these three worlds the world of the paranoiac was the most fascinating Whether this reveals something about Dick’s own mind or not it certainly reveals something about how the world is experienced by people suffering from mental illness It uickly reaches the point of absurdity but before it does it displays some of the mundane horrors that fill the world of the mentally ill The knife which turns on its user The can of peaches that intentionally falls on one’s foot The ominous meaning behind a ringing telephone or a blown light bulb Things that most people regard as harmless or accidental or meaningless are dangerous and malevolent to the paranoidThere’s actually another world in this book that isn’t a world created by a character’s mind It’s the world of Bill Laws And there’s no sci fi here Bill is willing to live in Mrs Pritchet’s world because despite her prissy and silly ideas he can make something of himself in her world He and Hamilton argue about this and Bill sets Hamilton straight on what it’s like to be black in 1959“ You try being colored a while Try putting yourself through six years of college washing white men’s dishes in a two bit hash house I’ve heard about you; your Dad was a big shot physicist You had plenty of money; you weren’t working in any hash house Try getting a degree the way I did Try carrying that degree around in your pocket a few months looking for a job” 148 149“ Want to know why I’m better off here Because of you Hamilton It’s your fault not mine Think that over You had your wife and house and cat and car and job You had it fine naturally you want to go back But not me; I didn’t have it so fine And I’m not going back” 149I enjoyed Eye in the Sky but not as much as Ubik Although that’s probably an unfair comparison Twelve years separate the two novels Comparing it with the other 1950s novels I’ve read I’d have to say I enjoyed it than The Cosmic Puppets but not as much as The World Jones Made or Time Out of Joint But that might not be fair either Each book has its own merits and flaws But one thing that they all have is originality And that will keep me coming back for