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    The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch A Philip K Dick novel so crazy I found myself laughing out loud on every page Here are a dozen key ingredients PKD mixes in his hallucinogenic science fiction roller coaster The illegal hallucinogenic drug Can DDrug of choice for those colonists on Mars and other remote planets, a drug enabling its chewers to inhabit the same body and mind stream and then travel together to an appealing illusory reality in another dimension.The legal sort of hallucinogenic drug Chew ZTaken solo for a solo trip to an alternate reality where, among other possibilities, one can revisit and remake the past in a way that influences the future.Leo BuleroCartoon version of a 1940s gruff, bald, cigar chomping boss, a man who puts a high premium on maintaining control of market share and control of his sanity.Barney MayersonCartoon version of a 1950s boss want a be, a precog , that is, someone given, via technology, the gift of knowing certain aspects of the future.Miss Rondinella FugateCartoon version of a 1960s attractive, sexy corporate climber who is also a precog and knows exactly how to manipulate men like Barney Mayerson and Leo Bulero.Dr SmileA psychiatrist who is an advanced computer living in a briefcase, offering advice to men like Barney Mayerson.Emily and her Ceramic PotsA potter who makes pots that have, believe it or not, a profound influence in this futuristic world of interplanetary travel.Richard HnattCurrent husband of Emily and a salesman in New York City, a most demanding and difficult job since the daytime temperature in the Big Apple runs 130 degrees.Dr Willy Denkmal s E Therapy clinicsThat s E Therapy as in Evolution Therapy, providing humans with accelerated mental powers But there are some problems the therapy distorts your features so you look like a bubble head Also, the therapy might backfire and instead of evolving you devolve back into a cruder, less intelligent you.Anne HawthorneAppropriate name, since Anne is a conservative Christian right out of the pages of Nathaniel Hawthorne Anne is less than thrilled with the drugs and other beings with God like powers.Hovel on MarsBeing sent to a place like Mars isn t any fun There are some advantages, though the colonists chew their Can D and everyone has sex with everyone else Ah, community.Palmer EldritchIf Philip K Dick was paranoid, then Palmer Eldritch might be his perfect alter ego Mr Palmer has several super human powers that fuel this novel right to the last sentence.Similar to PKD s Dr Bloodmoney, the most hypercrazy novel I ve ever read, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch would spin into a formless mess if it wasn t for the author s strong sense of interweaving plots and underlying themes What an absolutely zany, outrageous, bizarre, wild read The time, then, had come for him to poison himself so that an economic monopoly could be kept alive, a sprawling, interplanetary empire from which he now derived nothing The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch American Science Fiction author Philip K Dick 1928 1982


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    The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch was the kind of book that Kilgore Trout, the fictional recurring character in Kurt Vonnegut s novels based on science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon would have been proud of deftly original, scathingly satirical, wildly entertaining and funny in the kind of subtle way that would have pleased Vonnegut It is good in many different ways, and works well on different levels First published in 1965, this is one of Dick s earlier works that deals both directly and obliquely with religious themes.The surface story itself, if it were made into a movie, could be cast and produced in a similar fashion as the Bruce Willis film The Fifth Element it s over the top, bizarre, absurd, and yet all fits together PKD s underlying commentaries on religion and the drug culture are both erudite and socially informed The author also applies a generous portion of irony and outrageous circumstance to an already volatile mix, like evolution of humans into a neo bug like thing Critics before me have said that it is one of his best and I must wholeheartedly agree Oddly reminiscent of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep the parts left out of Bladerunner this novel brings out some of PKD s unique abilities to combine science fiction with theological explorations Best line in the book Palmer Eldritch had gone to Prox a man and returned a god A must read for PKD fans, SF fans, and a good introduction of his work for a new reader.


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    It takes a certain amount of courage, he thought, to face yourself and say with candor, I m rotten I ve done evil and I will again It was no accident it emanated from the true, authentic me Philip K Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Enter into PKD s drug infused, gnostic future All his entheogens are belong to us PKD is at his high point when he infuses his dark futurism with his gnostic explorations and his drug fueled moral investigations In The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch , Dick entertains that funky zone between religious dogma and drug addiction, while at the same time throwing in some key ideas about evolutionary therapy, evolution, atonement, eternal life, time, God, etc.There is a large and diverse precedence in the idea of finding God with the assistance facilitation of mind altering drugs There are similarities between the euphoria of worship and the euphoria of drugs Just look at the Dionysian Eleusinian Mysteries with their ambrosia, the Bwitists and their root bark, the Kiowa s and their peyote The Rastafari s smoke a bit of the cannabis, the Vedas have their Soma, the Rus people have their mushrooms Hell, some people in Appalachia even get close to God with a little sip of strychnine and few rattlesnakes Who am I to judge PKD explores the use of two different drugs Can D and Chew Z to explore two dimensions of the God inducing euphoria One leads to a greater sense of community, the other leads to isolation Which is Heaven and which is Hell folks Or do they both end up being Hell Anyway, I m still trying to work out exactly how I feel about it all Like most of Dick s big BIG idea novels they aren t easy to deconstruct and leave me churning for a few days He drops me off the last page feeling trapped, trying to figure out where I am and who to exactly to believe He does a fantastic job of disorienting this reader, making me feel both time scrambled and a bit paranoid Like Ben Harper says, when it s gone Some drink to remember, Some to forget I d review , but I ll have to wait until the drugs stop working and those voices in my head stop talking to me.


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    Reading this book felt a bit like dreaming, after a while it became like a dream within a dream, soon after it became full on Inception Without going into the synopsis in any detail, this novel features a drug induced virtual reality, initially with the aid of Ken and Barbie like dolls in their nicely furnished dollhouse The VR sessions are called translations , a very popular past time in the hellish Mars colony The drug is caled Can D, later on a new type of drug called Chew Z comes on the market and immediately make the Can D drug obsolete by doing away with the dolls and other paraphernalia and allowing any fantasy world to be created by the user Of course this being a PKD novel things are never what they seem Brilliant digital art by SharksDen The first 50 or so pages are straight forward enough but soon things take a sharp left turn somewhere and the reader goes careening off reality and become Lost in Translation than Bill Murray floundering around Tokyo Dick is a master of this kind of mind coitus, his stories often makes you wonder where you are, who you are and why is there a fish floating above your head Interestingly he always manages achieve this weird effect using straight forward prose without ever resorting to any kind of poetry or verbiage His characters are seldom well rounded complex individuals but generally I can never guess what a PKD character is going to do or say next The most interesting character in this book has to be the titular Palmer Eldritch himself The most interesting thing about him is not so much who is Palmer Eldritch, but who isn t Palmer Eldritch The man gives the word ubiquitous not so much a new meaning as a super literal one If that makes no sense to you then I urge you to read the book and take the trip for yourself Hilariously re used Dune cover by Manor books in the 1970s read about this


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    Unfortunately this suffers from what we may call the Citizen Kane syndrome Someone somewhere must have given this thing a proper name It s when a groundbreaking original work of art gets ripped off so many times by lesser mortals not necessarily out of malignant plagiarism, mostly because the original art introduces various techniques which become part of the lexicon that when you actually get round to seeing reading hearing the original thing, your reaction is okay, is that it Pity the poor film lecturer explaining to a bunch of 19 year olds about Citizen Kane s crane shots, montage, deep focus and all that stuff The kids are going to be bored, you know they are, they ve seen all these tricks a zillion times and done better than Orson could do Philip Dick is a great sufferer from Citizen Kane syndrome I read The Three Stigmata and I said yeah and In my most aggravating tone of voice Not pleasant And I knew I shouldn t have, but I did PKD does in retrospect seem kind of sorry to say this like a one trick pony, the trick being his Total Paranoia about what actually is Reality Yeah yeah, sometimes it s hard to tell What Reality Is, until that is you get a 400 bill from the body shop when someone stoves in your passenger side door and drives away Do I sound bitter Have I forgotten what I was talking about


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    As usual, Phillip K Dick has left me with spirally eyes and a whirring brain I d like to give a plot summary, but I ll let someone else do that and egotistically save this space for my own musings There are summaries I found that I like better, but this one provides a useful foil against which to formulate my own thoughts about this book, which rather has my mind tied in knots To start with, I don t see the book s theme as revolving around drugs and hallucinations, cut and dry Rather, I see it as questioning the relationship between a drug experience or hallucination and a bona fide religious experience This reader saw Can D as the mere drug, the one reliant on Perky Pat mini worlds and the one where the drug experience is clearly demarcated from and never confused with the real world In contrast, Palmer Eldritch s Chew Z provides a fundamentally different experience Takers of Chew Z and Dick s readers, once the substance has been taken by two main characters, Leo Bulero and Barney Mayerson cannot separate the drug experience from reality They do not simply wake up from their trip or translation as Dick has it and leave it behind The drug punches a hole in the usually non permeable layer between hallucination and reality In the end this confusion of hallucination and reality only poses the question of whether what we call hallucination is not true reality, and sobriety or reality the veil we cast over it so that we don t go bonkers by embracing the truth, the really real Leo s and Barney s Chew Z experiences are hellish, and other users describe their experiences the same way because in each case, for each person, Palmer Eldritch seems to be in control of their hallucination, in control of the world in which they find themselves And when they think they ve awoken from the trip, it is only to have friends or coworkers suddenly morph into Eldritch they appear with Eldritch s prostheses, his three distinctive physical, and nonbiological traits his three stigmata , demonstrating that users are still in the thrall of Chew Zand of Eldritch who, we grow to understand, is not the man who left earth 10 years ago, but some entity controlling his body and perpetuating itself through the use of Chew Z As Barney Mayerson comes to understand or believe he understands and I m inclined to agree with him , the thing occupying Eldritch is outside of time and indescribably ancient It falls so beyond human understanding that the closest way Barney, an atheist, can describe it is through reference to God I wish I had the book here in front of me and I d quote, but I have to paraphrase humans call it God, because they need something to call it, but it s beyond understanding simply on the merit of being so damned old, so damned different from humans This is also the reason Eldritch and the Chew Z translations come across as hellish they are simply so alien from humanity as to feel palpably other , positively ahuman and part of their alien ness is a kind of amorality, which is not to be confused with immorality The Eldritch creature wishes no harm no spiritual harm, physical harm is another matter , but perhaps doesn t know how to do good, in our common human sense of the word The final fascinating thoughts on this topic go to Anne Hathaway, a neo Christian colonist on Mars, who instructs Barney about ontology you must not confuse the pot with the potter, she warns him Do not confuse the creation with the creator, the matter with the substance, the vessel with the contents And I suppose that s all meant to imply that even the stigmata of Palmer Eldritch are just vessels in that metaphor, containing something we really can t describe or ever know Even when we ve brushed right up against it and are only separated from it by the thinnest of membranes.


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    Searching for meaning in drugs, god, corporate culture, human evolution And then searching for meaning directly from and of a god of sorts Completely berserk in terms of pacing and plotting, and borders on incoherency in the second half, but totally worth it anyway Dick s conceptual reach exceeds his grasp by a decent margin but the reach is broad and esoteric and stimulating nonetheless.Incidentally, the covers for the old editions of his are so much better than the one I ve got I mean, it s practically enough to make me want to start collecting old PKD editions Except I won t because books are for reading, not piling up on shelves.


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    The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch What if god were a lonely drug pushing alien Originally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThis was the 10th and final PKD book I read last year after 40 years without reading any I always felt as a teenager that I would get from his books as an adult, and I think I was right This one is a real mind bending experience, deliciously strange and tantalizing with its ideas.The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch 1965 is one of the earliest PKD novels that deals overtly with drug use, hallucinations, and his thoughts on religion and the divine in our mundane lives As usual, his near future world is fairly dystopian, and his characters are everyday people trying to muddle through life There are no superheroes, and his characters are filled with flaws PKD was a champion of the downtrodden everyman, which makes sense since he himself was always struggling with poverty, mental illness, multiple divorces, and pervasive paranoia He also had a religious experience in Feb 1974 with a mysterious girl with a fish shaped gold pendant, from which a pink beam of light went straight into his mind He attributed it to a communication from a completely rational alien mind that imparted a series of hallucinations and visions of early Rome and Christians These experiences led him to write the VALIS trilogy 1978 82 , which really dives deep down the rabbit hole of his religious explorations.Three Stigmata came before this stage of his life, and the book evokes the usual Dickian paranoia, disorientation, and melancholy that infuses all his best works, and done with very simple, unadorned prose In fact, the book defines the Three Stigmata as alienation, blurred reality, and despair, symbolized by a mechanical arm, artificial eyes, and steel teeth.In his story, Barney Mayerson is a precog who works for Perky Pat Layouts His job is to use precognition to predict which accessories will become popular for users of the illegal drug Can D, which allows users to escape into the world of Perky Pat and Walt, two Barbie and Ken like characters who live an easy and bourgeois existence The drug is used pervasively by off world colonists, who live grim and miserable lives trying half heartedly to establish human settlements, since the Earth is suffering from severe global warming What s interesting is that users of Can D think of the drug as a religious experience, and argue whether the translation , which lasts only a short time, is an actual physical transportation to another world, or merely an illusion It s also strange that the actual activities of Pat and Walt are fairly prosaic and superficial, like going to the beach, shopping, having casual sex, etc The unique aspect of Can D is that multiple users can occupy the person of Pat women only and Walt men only , so the drug does serve as a shared communal experience, whether or not the experience is real.Meanwhile, Barney s boss Leo Bulero, a gruff and arrogant man, learns that Palmer Eldritch, a man who left the solar system 10 years ago to explore the Prox System, is coming back with a mysterious lichen that will allow him to produce a new and insidious drug named Chew Z Although the details are initially not clear, it turns out that Chew Z allows the user to be transported to an entirely different universe, one which the user himself can control and shape.Leo Bulero, threated by this new rival drug to Can D, decides to visit Palmer Eldritch where he is recuperating from the crash of his ship in an off world hospital Leo has been told by Barney and another precog that he will eventually kill Eldritch, but he decides to confront Eldritch anyway Upon meeting him, Eldritch kidnaps Leo and forces him to try Chew Z, and Leo discovers that Eldritch can control every aspect of the experience, even to the point of seemingly allowing Barney to go back to Earth The illusion of reality in Chew Z is exponentially powerful than the brief and tawdry experience of Can D, so Leo quickly recognizes that his business empire will be crushed if Chew Z takes over on the off world colonies.Back on Earth, Barney Mayerson refuses to help Leo out when he is kidnapped by Eldritch, and as a result Leo fires him Barney has also been romantically involved with his assistant and fellow precog Rondinella, but begins to regret separating from his former wife, who now designs pottery and has a new boyfriend As his life on Earth deteriorates, Barney decides that he needs to do penance for past wrongs and volunteers to be sent to the Mars colony by the UN most people do everything possible to avoid this fate.Here Barney encounters other colonists using Can D, but cannot bring himself to use it Instead, he is there when Palmer Eldritch s pushers come and try to get the colonists to switch to Chew Z In the meantime Leo Bulero has convinced him to serve as a double agent and wants him to try Chew Z, then develop a medical condition epilepsy as a result of the drug, thereby discouraging others from switching.At this point the plot gets extremely convoluted yes, so as several characters get caught up in Chew Z hallucinations, during which they frequently encounter the ominous Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, the mechanical arm, artificial eyes, and steel teeth Both Barney and Leo start to travel in time and space and it s not clear what is real and what is induced by Chew Z.In the middle of it all, the mysterious figure of Palmer Eldritch continues to manifest himself in the characters lives, seemingly all powerful and yet trapped within the confines of his fate It seems that Palmer Eldritch is no longer human, but instead may have become a god in the Prox system, or been taken over by something alien and powerful Palmer s motivations for spreading the use of Chew Z in the solar system are unclear In many ways, his existence seems a lonely one, and he actually tries through elaborate means to switch bodies with Barney to avoid his predestined death at the hands of Leo Bulero in the future Why would this powerful alien being, perhaps a manifestation of a much greater and inscrutable god like figure, need to avoid a death it can already foresee, and would prefer to have the dreary existence of Barney on Mars PDK never answers this question, but instead throws out the sacrilegious idea that god may not be all powerful, may indeed be lonely and lacking in purpose, but is still driven to manifest himself in the lives of humans, even if they do not want his intrusions The way that PKD parallels drug induced hallucinations with religious experiences is also quite bold, but would have found a ready audience in the tumultuous social upheavals and iconoclasm of the 1960s.In the end, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch is a very strange reality bending book that spins off ideas in 240 pages than many novelists conceive of in their entire careers And while the reader is not spoon fed any answers in the end, he is given plenty of food for thought, which makes this an excellent introduction to one of SF s greatest minds.


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    In 1963, while walking to his shed to do some writing, Philip K Dick experienced a devastating vision of a cruelly masked human face in the sky Two years later, he published this book, so you, too, can experience a psychotic breakdown from a relatively safe distance.I really enjoyed Palmer Eldritch purely on the level of weirdness it s one of the weirdest novels I ve read for some time Although there is a lot that doesn t add up in the plot, and some irritating flaws in the characterisation view spoiler the female characters are terrible, which was disappointing since I thought Julia in The Man in the High Castle was pretty cool hide spoiler


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    My first encounter with the fiction of Philip K Dick is his 1964 novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch I was looking for something a bit challenging to read that wouldn t give me an ice cream headache At my library, found a beautiful, barely read edition of this novel printed in 2011 PKD fans might fault my decision to make this title my introduction to the man s mind bending tales of technological perversion, ecological disaster and the search for identity I understand that he s written palatable books But I was hungry for his brand of science fiction and decided to feed the beast.Set in the year 2016, the story begins with a precog named Barney Mayerson as he wakes up with a strange woman Unable to remember last night in spite of his precognitive abilities, what , Mayerson consults a briefcase which links him to an artificial intelligence psychiatrist called Dr Smile He learns that the woman is named Roni Fugate, another precog, his new assistant at the firm he works for in New York, P.P Layouts, Inc Mayerson is consulting Dr Smile in an attempt to beat his appointment with the United Nations, which has instituted a planetary draft exiling unlucky citizens to any of two planets or six moons that have been colonized throughout the solar system.Life on Earth is no picnic any with high temperatures in the 180s and cooling units mandated for anyone venturing out in daylight while life on the colonies is so despairing that the only means of survival is an illegal hallucinogen called CAN D, which in concert with set decor known as layouts briefly whisk the colonist to virtual reality Earth The precog s job is to predict which decor pieces in development will become fash Mayerson, who seems to be a mediocre psychic, rates a Class A prick, having divorced his sculptor wife Emily after she became pregnant, violating their building code and putting his cushy apartment at risk He takes a meeting with Emily s new husband but rejects the pots she s crafted out of his bitterness toward her.Mayerson s boss Leo Bulero has paid top dollar to undergo E therapy treatment and become what s known as an evolved human, accepting some physical side effects the evolved humans are referred to as bubbleheads for next level cognitive abilities Bulero is anxious about a crash landing on Pluto The crew is believed to be Palmer Eldritch, a huckster who departed for the Prox system ten years ago looking for new business ventures Bulero believes that Palmer found a drug even powerful than CAN D and he intends to wipe out the drug trade P.P Layouts monopolizes in the colonies Using his UN connections to determine Eldritch s location on Ganymede, Bulero heads there, in spite of Mayerson s warning that he will be indicted for Palmer Eldritch s murder.Bulero is put under the spell of Chew Z, the hallucinogen that Eldritch intends to replace CAN D with on the colonies Chew Z drops the user into a reality of their own design where Palmer Eldritch, or some entity pretending to be Palmer Eldritch, can hop in and out, tormenting the user for an eternity, while their physical body remains in repose for what passes for seconds or minutes Bulero is released from his hell, uncertain whether he s back in reality or not Returning to Earth, he fires Mayerson for refusing to rescue him Feeling sorry for about himself, Mayerson volunteers for resettlement and arrives on Mars, where he encounters Palmer Eldritch on the first stop in the being s magical mystery tour to conquer mankind.Keeping with the mind bending nature of Philip K Dick s work, I m going to write the rest of this review from two different time periods simultaneously.1964 Joe Far out, man I dug a lot of the stuff going on at the periphery of this novel Flying taxi cabs and a personal computer that fits into a suitcase Some of it was hard to picture, you know, like radical gene therapy treatment that gives people bubble heads, but I like what PKD is saying about higher consciousness in the 21st century being available only to the super rich.2016 Joe Come on, man I ve seen this story a dozen times or PKD actually begins with his main character waking up in bed with a strange woman and no idea of how he got there I not only found that cliched but inconsistent Wouldn t a precog wouldn t know where he was Unlike Minority Report, the precog and the unique nature of their abilities even wasn t a major part of the story.1964 Joe I felt my brain expanding a bit while reading this, which is what I d hoped for I hope I don t turn into a bubblehead, but I liked how PKD begins to question the structure of reality The reader is never entirely sure what is going on once the drug fueled trips begin and I liked that 2016 Joe I felt the characters were bland PKD cannot write women which seems to be a common failing in the 50s and 60s science fiction but it was hard for me to care what became of Barney Mayerson For a precog, he doesn t seem to be good at his job.1964 Joe The book gets damn readable when the precogs predict Leo Bulero will kill Palmer Eldritch, but the executive takes off in search of Eldritch anyway Pacing lags a bit but picks up when Mayerson is exiled to Mars.2016 Joe PKD doesn t offer the reader anything in the way of memorable dialogue or bold prose that prompted me to stop and make note When I can race through a novel at 55 mph without seeing anything that makes me want to pull over and smell the roses, something s not right.1964 Joe PKD communicates his ideas pretty effectively with a bare minimum of head scratching, but I do think the time the reader has to chew on some of his concepts and speculations, the better his writing gets I walked out of Blade Runner the first time I saw it.2016 Joe Where are my flying taxis Where are my colonies on Luna Precogs As a work of speculation, this one fails pretty dramatically It s probably never a good idea for a science fiction author to give the reader a year the story is taking place in 1964 Joe I really hope that mankind gets it together when it comes to overpopulating and poisoning the planet NASA will probably have colonies on the moon and Mars pretty soon but I m not volunteering to move up there PKD s empathy for the planet and his warnings should be heeded.2016 Joe I don t feel the need to run out and devour everything PKD has ever written, but considering this is one of his books that actually hasn t been adapted into a movie Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly , it was a good place to start.1964 Joe I don t feel the need to run out and devour everything PKD has ever written, but am intrigued by what the author will come up with next.


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