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Philip K. DickExhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern$
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Christopher Palmer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236184

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853236184.001.0001

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. Critical Reason and Romantic Idealism in Martian Time-Slip

. Critical Reason and Romantic Idealism in Martian Time-Slip

(p.162) 9. Critical Reason and Romantic Idealism in Martian Time-Slip
Philip K. Dick

Christopher Palmer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes the novel Martian Time-Slip (1964). It addresses the following questions: How does a genre energized by immediate, desiring transformation and going-beyond, as science fiction (SF) is, come to terms with reason and with historical conditions? What kind of relations does SF maintain with the untranscendent democratic ordinariness that the realist novel has often affirmed as a value but which SF tends to denaturalize? The chapter pursues these questions by considering Dick's depiction of children. The discussion then turns to the grim prospects of the social and of the ordinary in the world of the novel, before coming to rest on the survival of the schizophrenic but decent Jack Bohlen.

Keywords:   science fiction novels, children, reason, history, realist novel, schizophrenic, Jack Bohlen

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