When a routine tour of a particle accelerator goes awry, Jack Hamilton and the rest of his tour group find themselves in a world ruled by Old Testament morality, where the smallest infraction can bring about a plague of locusts. Escape from that world is not the end, though, as they plunge into a Communist dystopia and a world where everything is an enemy.
Philip K. Dick was aggressively individualistic, and no worldview is safe from his acerbic and hilarious takedowns. Eye in the Sky blends the thrills and the jokes to craft a startling morality lesson hidden inside a comedy.
©1957, 1985 A. A. Wyn, Inc (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
**Don't think sorry's easily said
Don't try turning tables instead
You've taken lots of chances before
But I ain't gonna give anymore, don't ask me
That's how it goes
Cause part of me knows what you're thinkin'**
Like most of PKD's novels, 'Eye in the Sky' has several things going on at once. It is a not-so-subtle Anti-McCarthyism tract (written in 1957, close to the end of peak Red Scare), showing the absurdity of prosecuting and persecuting people for what they think. After that is is a rather interesting, but still flawed and uneven Sci-Fi novel that shows what happens wen those thoughts are the very thing that controls the Universe. You let the mind of an old, religious dogmatist control the Universe and you end up with a tribal deity, reminiscent of the angry and arbitrary God of the Old Testament (in the novel it is Bábism) that is ALL bluster and thunder. You let the Universe be dictated by a frumpy mother, you end up with a genocide of unpleasant things: weeds, cats, bad smells, and reproductive parts ... poof ... all gone.
Although written in the late 1950s, this novel reminded me a lot of Morrow's Towing Jehovah (1994). Both take the absurd-level of religion or prejudice, or fear and blow them up and examine them. Anyway, 'Eye in the Sky' was fun and clever, but in the end it wasn't top-shelf Philip K Dick. Probably more influential than good. Still, I don't regret reading/listening to it.
**Don't leave false illusions behind
Don't cry, I ain't changing my mind
So find another fool like before
Cause I ain't gonna live anymore believing
Some of the lies while all of the signs are deceiving**
I kept expecting reasonable behavior from the "real" world, but I think that may have been the point... If the real world had been reasonable, our protagonists wouldn't have had a story arc.
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