Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Read One For The Dickster
or
Heatwave


I finally received Philip K. Dick's The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch through the mail yesterday.

Like all of his works it seems to be very plot-driven (which I like). It takes place in a future world where people are shipped off of Earth into space colonies where they whittle away their lives taking a hallucinagenic drug that allows their minds to enter the bodies of dolls used to simulate earthly procreation.

There are also corporate psychics involved. Methinks I will enjoy the Dick.

And how much of a futurist was he? The opening chapters of the book describe in great the detail just how bursting hot New York city is in the future. It is so hot, in fact, that no living thing can last outside for prolonged periods of time. New Yorkers are required by law to carry around personal cooling units while outdoors.

Heat wave cooks eastern part of U.S.

He writes about a building whose power messed up and all cooling units shut off, the wives then went underground and huddled around one cooling source thinking this was how they would all die, this is exactly what happened to my coworker not too long ago during the Queens power outtages.

Philip K. Dick even nonchalantly uses the word "pics," which I doubt everyone was using back in the 70's. I'm going to popularize the word "morning 'pape" in his honor.
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Notes

Philip Dick movies
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