Martian Time-Slip Summary
n many ways Martian Time-Slip is Dick's most subversive, both of the conventions of science fiction and ultimately of what man takes to be reality.
Set on a future Mars which is in the process of being colonized by Earth, it seemingly follows all of the science fiction notions about the red planet.
Mars is mostly a desert with the colonists (mainly American whites) managing to eke out a living near the old canals which still have some water.
Besides being studded with UN colonies, it is also traversed by the last wandering representatives of the native civilization, the Bleekmen. Mars is presumably a frontier civilization and should embody the values of the American frontier (it is billed in Earth propaganda as "Earth's future"). In reality it is being exploited in the worst way by land speculators and is being used as a dumping ground for one of...
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Martian Time-Slip Short Guide
Philip K. Dick Biographies (2)
2,578 words, approx. 9 pages
The fictional worlds of Philip K. Dick are populated by strange creatures and situations: men with enormous steel teeth, private detectives who own electric animals, self-governing insane asylums. It ...
4,259 words, approx. 15 pages
From Philip K. Dick's first sale of a story entitled "Roog" to Anthony Boucher of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1952 and his first published story, "Beyond Lies the Wub" in Planet St...
Essays & Analysis (2)
96 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by J. G. Ballard
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1,398 words, approx. 5 pages
Critical Essay by Brian W. Aldiss
[The following excerpt was published in a special issue of Science-Fiction Studies devoted to the work of Philip K. Dick.]
The setting [of Martian Time-Slip] is Mars,...