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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 Worker's union--suspect that Manfred's disorder may be a window into the future. In Martian Time-Slip Philip K. Dick uses power politics and extraterrestrial real estate scams, adultery, and murder to penetrate the mysteries of being and time.
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One of the stand-out novels in Philip K. Dick's career of wildly reality-bending SF, Martian Time- Slip (1964) convinces by placing its insanities in a quiet, even domestic context. Here colonised Mars has a flavour of grubby, struggling 1950s suburbia, where money (not to mention water) is in short supply, jobs are insecure, the humour's mostly black, and small tragedies like one minor character's suicide cause far-ranging ripples. The good old human comedy of lies, power-play, real-estate deals and extramarital naughtiness continues as ever--all distorted by the real SF factor, an autistic child's dislocated sense of time. In one memorable scene he sketches the glorious new Martian housing project just being planned ... but as it will look a century later, a decayed slum. So powerful are this boy's visions of nightmare futures that they suck in other people and infect them with sick images of the "gubbish worm", an appalling symbol of entropy. Gubbish devours beauty and reduces language itself to meaningless gubble-gubble. The very human and occasionally even likeable villain Arnie Kott plans to exploit this time-twisting ability, whereupon things become very tangled indeed. Another worthy reissue in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, which has yet to pick a single dud. --David LangfordBook Description:
Philip K. Dick is the bestselling author of MINORITY REPORT and BLADE RUNNER
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR009182301
Book Description New English Library. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0450029786 New English Library, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. Light tanning/foxing to edge of page block. Internally clean/unmarked. Boards sharp and clean with a slight touch of edge wear. DJ now contained within a removable protective sleeve has edge wear with chips/small closed tears to corners/spine-ends and small related creases. Pictures available on request. VG-/VG-. Seller Inventory # H10B70009
Book Description New English Library, 1976. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Blue boards with gilt titles to the spine. Square binding. Name inscription to the front end page. Jacket is not price clipped but has wear to the top edge. 1st UK Edition. Seller Inventory # 7590
Book Description New English Library NEL, London, 1976. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good_ in Mylar Wrap. Bruce Pennington (illustrator). First Edition Thus. 240pp. 8.5 inches. 1964 book in a 1976 edition as a classic re-issue in NEL's SF Masterworks Series, with an Introduction By Brian Aldiss, and now a scarce collectible book in its own right, especially complete with dustjacket, notable for fabulous illustration by Bruce Pennington. Jacket is near-vg, with its defects of creasing and taped tear on upper front, rubbed fold extremities, small scar on spine, all well clear of the Pennington illustration, and now protected in mylar wrap. Regarding the book itself, the covers, navyblue buckram, gilt lettering front and spine, vg, but the endpapers an exlibrary mess: scar and tapemarks to pastedown, stamp and over-biro'd price on facing endpaper. Slight forward lean. Page-edges foxed and slightly grubby. Apart from this contents vg, toned pages. 500g. (Science fiction, Fantasy, Mars, Classic, Vintage) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # C14231
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Book Description New English Library, 1976. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0450029786-2-4
Book Description -New English Library -, 1976. First Uk and hardcover edition. Blue cloth, gilt lettering. Acid paper tanning as usual. Very good in edge-worn dustjacket with some small closed tears. Many Philip K Dick titles in stock. Seller Inventory # 26634
Book Description New English Library, United Kingdom, 1976. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good++. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good++. First UK Edition. This is the First Hardcover edition carrying the introduction by Brian W. Aldiss, which was dropped from the paperback editions. Stunning jacket design w/ artwork by Bruce Pennington. Manuscript title: Goodmember Arnie Kott of Mars. Expanded from the short-story titled All We Marsmen, Worlds Of Tomorrow sr3, August 1963 [Levack]. A novel about schizophrenia and contemporary life. This is a tight very good copy showing only a hint of shelfwear, and light bumping at the spine ends. Internally, a hint of toning to the page edges which is common with this edition. Otherwise, clean and free of markings. The dust jacket not price-clipped, with light edge creasing mainly at the spine ends. 1 tiny visible scratch peel to the rear panel. VERY minor. Still free of chips rips & tears, covered with a brodart. Book is preserved in an acid-free archival bag. Gift or collection quality. ***NOTE STOCK IMAGE IS NOT THE BOOK I'M OFFERING. images on request. Seller Inventory # 000874
Book Description New English Library, London, 1976. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A VG+ UK first edition, first printing hardback in a VG+ dustjacket - All my books are always securely packed with plenty of bubblewrap in professional boxes and promptly dispatched (within 2-3 days) - SIGNED BY BRIAN ALDISS, JONATHAN LETHEM & KIM STANLEY ROBINSON - Pictures of the book are available upon request. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 003626