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Philip K Dick


Eye in the Sky
Year 1957
Publisher Arrow Books
ISBN 0090051009



As Jack Hamilton ascended higher into the stratosphere, he could see the great ball of Earth spread beneath him.  And it was standing still!  Around it, in an orbit, swung a tiny mass of glowing matter - the sun.  It was the ancient geocentric universe come true - a universe with Earth at dead centre and all other celestial bodies subservient to it.

As he rose still higher, he found that he was peering into a gigantic lake, a lake roomy enough to hold all Earth without a ripple.  And then, with a shocked gasp, Jack realized that it wasn't a lake at all.  He was peering into a colossal eye - an eye in the sky.

He was trapped in someone else's personal world.  A someone who seemed not very sane.  A world of fundamental religion, ruled over by a crude version of an Old Testament God, where the sinners were miserable and the righteous, intolerant and intolerable.




Eye in the Sky is one of the first Philip K. Dick's books you should read if you still don't know this American writer. If I'm not mistaken, it was the first time that Philip K. Dick, in a novel, was treating the theme of  virtual realities.

Eight persons, while visiting the Bevatron, the only pure science-fiction element of the novel, are trapped in a time hole after having accidentally been hit by the Bevatron ray. They wake up in a world that at first is pretty much the same than the one they have just left but they soon realize that they are caught in a world entirely created by the phantasms of one of them.

One can like Eye in the Sky for numerous good reasons such, for instance, as the slight favour of Agatha Christie's "and then they were none" in it, the reader waiting anxiously for the next imaginary world to appear and the clues that will lead him to the identity of the new dreamer's name. One can also appreciate this book for its critique of the late fifty's American society : The McCarthy syndrome, the anti-communism paranoia or the wave of the evangelism don't have the slightest chance under Philip K. Dick's cruel pen.

With this book, Philip K Dick revealed himself as the first class writer he will be during the sixties.



Cassini photographs Jupiter



Credit: NASA

Jupiter Gets A Close-Up
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this true color mosaic of Jupiter, the most detailed global color portrait of the planet ever produced. The smallest visible features are approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) across. Although Cassini's camera can see more colors than humans can, Jupiter's colors in this new view appear very close to the way the human eye would see them.

The mosaic is made up of 27 images taken in December 2000, during the spacecraft's closest approach to the gas giant.

NASA Image of the day archive





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