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One of the leaders of the resistance his attempt to seduce Mrs. Mary Rittersdorf the psychiatrist with the aid of an aphrodisiac meets with hilarious consequences. Binary fission always hurts; I know because of a protoplasm that used to live here… it suffered every time it split, but it had to split, it had to grow. View all 8 comments. Dick pe care am citit-o Is it a masterpiece like High Castle? It would be difficult to argue, but it is an original and intelligent tale written during his most prolific period '63 to ' It is PKD primarily addressing mental illness a subject he, no doubt has a unique perspective on in the SF genre.
Humour and utter weirdness. It has some of the best and most interesting characters of any of hi Of all The PKD novels I've read so far, this is one of the most fun. It has some of the best and most interesting characters of any of his previous and later novels: And there is a strange true-love story in there as well. A truly unforgettable read. View all 7 comments. View all 3 comments. Feb 03, Printable Tire rated it really liked it. I guess this is Philip K. Dick trying to be funny, or at least as funny as a story about a suicidal unemployed loner's attempts to murder his ex-wife can be.
There are parts when the main character is living in a slum with a telepathic slime mold as a neighbor and a perky girl who can turn time back five minutes as a love interest that seemed like the set up to some gloriously weird sitcom. I love how Philip Dick's personal life manifest themselves so bizarrely in his trudging-away pulp fiction: The idea of a world populated by different mental illnesses pops into his head maybe the idea sprung from the idea of using Hebes as shorthand for hebephrenia, maybe some latent precog on the psychology of Richard Nixon , then add in the character of Bunny Hentman from god knows where: It's a wonderful, absurd combination of things that maybe only works half the time: But it's always entertaining.
Maybe there's only a happy ending because Dick was going through a funk and needed some light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe, like the protagonist of Clans, we'll find out we were normal all along. And if that's the case, who cares?
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Aug 18, Sandy rated it really liked it. Dick saw published in the years and ' Released in as a cent Ace paperback F, for all you collectors out there , it was his 14th sci-fi novel since This period in the mid-'60s was a time of near hyperactivity for the author. Under the influence of prescription uppers like one of "Clan"'s central characters, Chuck Rittersdorf, who takes extraterrestrial "thalamic stimulants of the hexo-am "Clans of the Alphane Moon" was one of six books that sci-fi cult author Philip K.
Under the influence of prescription uppers like one of "Clan"'s central characters, Chuck Rittersdorf, who takes extraterrestrial "thalamic stimulants of the hexo-amphetamine class" in order to work two jobs , his output during that time was both prodigious and wildly imaginative. In the book, we are introduced to some of the residents of the second moon of Alpha Centauri's third planet: A mental hospital had existed there some 25 years before, its residents left to their own devices when Earth abandoned this world back when.
Now, in the year or so, the former inmates have most certainly taken over the asylum, and the moon is ruled by the six titular clans, organized according to their members' various mental imbalances. Thus, there are the Manses manics , the Pares paranoiacs , the Heebs hebephrenics , the Skitzes schizophrenics , the Ob-Coms obsessive-compulsives and the Polys polymorphous schizophrenics. Some of these residents, mainly the Heebs and Skitzes, have even developed various "psionic" powers, such as the ability to foretell the future via visions and to levitate!
To this literally crazy world comes a group of disparate characters, drawn there for various reasons revolving around the Alphans' and Terrans' annexation claims. Mary Rittersdorf is a psychiatrist, there to assess and analyze the population; Chuck, her husband, a CIA Counter Intelligence Authority agent, is there to kill his ex-wife, with whom he had recently split; and the famous TV comedian Bunny Hentman is present for political reasons of his own.
And then there is Lord Running Clam, easily the most memorable and likable character in this book: As you may have inferred, there is some pretty zany sci-fi plotting involved here, with 36 named characters, and Dick mixes his stew with a good deal of zest and humor. The novel is one of the author's more accessible ones, with none of his trademarked abnegations of reality to blow the reader's mind. Still, not everything is as it seems, double agents abound, human-seeming "simulacra" are ubiquitous "Person, shmerson," one of them tellingly says at one point and moral truths are slippery things "Quid est veritas And Dick's Earth of the midst century almost seems as whacky as the Alphane moon and perhaps that is the point.
Nipple-dilation and extreme breast-augmentation surgeries for women are common lb. I must say that as much as I enjoyed "Clans" and it IS an extremely enjoyable work , I was still left with the feeling that the book could have been so much more. As with some other Dick books that I have recently read, this one cries out to be pages or so longer, or to have a sequel added on to it.
Heck, I could've used another novel just featuring Lord Running Clam himself! Still, what the author HAS given us is a significant achievement, and yet another feather in his already crowded cap. Mar 01, M. Instead, my complaint is about the writing: And I blame this on Harper Voyager - but holy hell are there a lot of typos throughout!
That said, the Ganymeadean slime mold is excellent — a memorable character who is a lot of fun to visualize, especially in the scenes in the apt on Terra. Feb 25, P. Like Spinning Plates - Radiohead. View all 4 comments. Este libro me ha recordado a un gazpacho. A veces pasa, y se jode todo el gazpacho. Entre una batalla interplanetaria potencial, una parej Dick no perdona. Vuoto cosmico Idea interessante - la classificazione della malattie mentali - che paga a caro prezzo una scrittura poco ispirata e un contesto, attorno all'idea, oggettivamente debole.
Non si perde mai del tempo a leggere P. An ugly divorce wrecks the plans of two inter-system empires This is SO Dick. Aug 25, Judy rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes I wonder myself.
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I am fascinated by his writing though and by the fact that he was somewhat of an outlier in the early Sci Fi world. I have read that he became extra strange at some point, some say insane, and I want to spot when or how that happened. Most of all I like how he embraces absurdity since life is indeed absurd. It had been a dumping ground for psychotics some generations ago but they now rule the moon, having been liberated from the mental wards.
The differently diagnosed psychotics band together in various conclaves though they have a Supreme Council and agree on one thing: There are the paranoid Pares, the manic Mans, the depressive Deps, the schizophrenic Heebs, and so on. Mary and Chuck are on the verge of divorce and therefore on opposing sides when they reach the moon. Then there is the famous TV comedian Bunny Hentman, who has secret monetary connections on Alphane and is looking to grow his audience.
This story starts crazy and ends just a little less crazy, which may be the hope factor in the tale. The other day a friend of mine said she does not like science fiction because it isn't real. I told her if you read science fiction from 60 or so years ago, you notice that a lot of it is real now. Clans of the Alphane Moon turned out to be pretty thought provoking in these days where crazies and criminals appear to be running our government and where we who have been reduced to constant anxiety must somehow band together to save our country, maybe even the world.
Jun 24, James rated it it was ok. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing on Alpha III M2, a lunar insane asylum turned semi-independent colony, organized around a clan system where membership is based on type of psychiatric disorder—there are the manics, paranoids, hebephrenics, and so on.
When I first read this as a teenager, I was totally engrossed in it and captivated by the idea of the clans, and it still is kind of engrossing and captivating in an artifactual collector-ish kind of way… and PKD scholar Umberto Rossi sees Clans as part of a series with Martian Time Slip and Dr. Bloodmoney that have some interesting common properties, so maybe it benefits from being read immediately alongside those two better novels. Still, I think this one is best left to completists, or at least seasoned Dickheads.
Jul 02, Nate Hanson rated it did not like it. It has all the deficits I've come to expect: The plot skeleton held promise, but I couldn't sustain my optimism past hal As much as I love PKD's writing, I suffered through this one. The plot skeleton held promise, but I couldn't sustain my optimism past halfway through, where many of the best parts were ditched in favor of trivial conventions. I'll still keep reading his stuff. Bilim kurgu sevenler deneyebilir.
Bu arada ilk defa bir Philip K. Dec 11, Charles Dee Mitchell rated it liked it Shelves: PKD spent a great deal of time in and out of psychiatrists' offices. He had bouts of agoraphobia from the time he was a teenager and went through several spells of clinical depression. He knew the psychiatric lingo and at times used it as rigorously in his personal relationships as he did in his books. Alpha III M2 is one of the purest creations of his experiences with mental health professionals. The moon was one giant hospital treating all known forms of mental derangement.
The fact that these break down to only a half dozen or so reflects the mid-sixties when the novel was written. The DSM had not yet expanded to include everything from psychosis to social anxiety disorder shyness. Earth is finally sending ships to check up on how things are going. Meanwhile back on earth, Chuck Rittersdorf has been tossed out by his wife, a successful marriage counselor, and now lives in a rundown conapt that sounds a little bit like the first apartment I had in college.
He survives on the small salary he makes programming simulacra for CIA propaganda missions. His best new friend is a Ganymedean slime mold named Lord Running Clam. PKD said later in his career that he realized his writing technique involved starting multiple plots and then seeing how he could bring them together. I think this is usually referred to as "making it up as you go along. Bunny Hentzman, one of PKD's frequent world-renowned entertainers that exercise a bizarre control over Earth's culture, hires Chuck at a terrific salary, but counter-intelligence operations within the CIA and the Hentzman organization make Chuck a hunted man.
As in a French farce or a Preston Sturges comedy, everyone ends in the same place, Alpha III M2, either shooting it out with laser pistols or making desperate diplomatic moves to keep Earth and Alpha out of a war and the main characters out of prison. A strangely touching and revealing moment comes when Chuck, having agreed to another battery of psychological testing, has these thoughts which sound straight from the heart of PKD: What do I do then?
He did not belong in any of the settlements here on Alpha III M2; here he was a loner, an outcast, accompanied by no one even remotely resembling him. But then again, his is also improving his knack for toss away nuttiness. Here's the opening to Chapter 8: When, late that night, Chuck Rittersdorf wearily returned to his rundown conapt in Marin County, California, he was stopped in the hall by the yellow Ganymedean slime mold.
This, at three a. It was too much. What a wonderful universe! Well, really its quite horrific, but anyway I've not read that much Dick, but this was an excellent concoction even by his standards. It has all the elements you would expect: The only thing I didn't like was the ending. The more interesting part of the story takes place on a moon orbiting an al What a wonderful universe! The more interesting part of the story takes place on a moon orbiting an alien inhabited world in the Alpha Centauri system.
Originally there was a colony of mental patients on this moon, but somehow that operation fell apart and the mental patients inherited the moon. Each clan corresponds to a different mental disorder for example manics, depressives, skitzos of different sorts, etc. They actually seem to have developed a modicum of civilization and stability, when the Terrans decide to reclaim the colony and re-hospitalize all its inhabitants.
Anti-psychiatric, Szaszian overtones are obvious and I love it.
The situation on Earth pretty much sucks. It looks like the Communism now dominates the world, but the US has become its own brand of totalitarian superpower. The CIA is correspondingly very influential, and makes use of simulacrums which are basically remote control androids. Also there is a telepathic slime mold from the outer solar system who communicates telepathically with all the main characters and heavily influences the plot.
Its actually a pretty complicated plot and universe, and it feels super real. No wasted words, and very few unclear passages unless they are meant to be. Blah blah Dick is a good writer.
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Anyway I really liked it. Dick is unique in the field of SF as far as I can tell. Nobody else I've read or even heard of would have thought up the premise for this book, which I'm not going to give away. Yes, it's about a CIA propagandist caught up in an interstellar web of conspiracy, largely through his own foolishness, but no, it's not really about that, at all. It's difficult to talk about the true theme without spoiling the effect, so I will save that for the bit hidden behind spoiler tags.
Apr 17, Charlotte rated it really liked it Shelves: I love when SF meets Psychology, and I loved this book for it reminded me a bit of Asimov due to its style and how the author touched the idea of robots and of Almost Human John Kennex and Chuck Rittersdorf have one or two things in common methinks. But I cannot say that this book impressed me too much despite having an interesting approach to Psychology in the future. Maybe it was because it was fast paced or maybe it was because it borders a bit on sexism if you ask me. I am not sure. Howe I love when SF meets Psychology, and I loved this book for it reminded me a bit of Asimov due to its style and how the author touched the idea of robots and of Almost Human John Kennex and Chuck Rittersdorf have one or two things in common methinks.
However, I quite liked it and now I am curious to read other books written by this author. Oct 05, Cliff Jr. I wouldn't recommend this one as an introduction to the world of PKD, but for die-hard fans, heck yeah, quite a ride! I had to qualify my praise because I don't think the main character is particularly likable Or likable at all, really. Also, a lot of people might be turned off by the fact that a lot of the book centers on a very dated understanding of psychological disorders, but come on.
For me at least, it's easy to forget just how old most PKD books are because everything f I wouldn't recommend this one as an introduction to the world of PKD, but for die-hard fans, heck yeah, quite a ride! For me at least, it's easy to forget just how old most PKD books are because everything feels so timely and modern