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5.0 out of 5 stars Eldritch by name, 31 July 2010
This review is from: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
One of the finest of Dick's 1960s works, "Palmer Eldritch" is a book brimful of superb ideas. Some are bitingly satirical (future colonists will relieve the excruciating boredom of their lives by entering the ideal world of Ken and Barbie analogue Perky Pat, making dolls and doll accessories the most prized items in the solar system). Some are sad (humans undergo a cosmetic process to accelerate their evolution, but sometimes the process goes awry). And some are just plain terrifying, particularly those ideas surrounding the evil messiah Palmer Eldritch, who returns from Proxima Centauri with a divine sacrament that just might grant eternal life.

Unlikely ever to be filmed, (though John Lennon and Timothy Leary reputedly tried to secure the rights), and unlikely to appeal to hardcore sci-fi fans on account of its playful treatment of religious themes, "Stigmata" is nonetheless a brilliant, thoughtful novel about the slippery nature of reality and the untrustworthiness of those who claim to be experts on the subject. The fact that it's so often overlooked is understandable, but for those who can be bothered it will more than reward your patience.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2012, 12:26:00 BST
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2012, 12:26:30 BST
Pj Cooper says:
"unlikely to appeal to hardcore sci-fi fans on account of its playful treatment of religious themes"

How so? Being none-religious myself and from what I have read so far, I hardly find PKD preachy on the level of the average bible thumper when it comes to his religious themes, and I love sci-fi!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2012, 06:03:05 BST
I too would like the quoted statement clarified. I know two religious people, a Jew & a Muslim, neither of whom enjoy science fiction.
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