|Plot Summary of Our Friends from Frolix 8|
It's 2135, and Earth is ruled by a coalition of 6,000 "New Men" (mutants with hugely increased brain capabilities) and 4,000 "Unusuals" (individuals of more normal intellection but ESP powers). Nick Appleton, a humble tire regroover (he carves new treads in old used tires so they can be resold), hopes his son Bobby will test high enough to qualify for training as a New Man.
Willis Gram, Council Chairman of the Extraordinary Committee for Public Safety, oversees the control of society, but also worries about his messy divorce proceedings and the potential return of Thors Provoni, a rebel who escaped Sol System in an old space ship many years ago in search of more intelligent life. As Nick and Willis chart a collision course over the nature of their society (including their mutual attraction to a canny gutter waif named "Charley"/Charlotte), Provoni approaches Earth accompanied by a Frolixan--a 90-ton gelatinous mass of protoplasmic slime from Frolix 8 that can transform itself into any shape or object, whether inanimate or internal organ, and has unknown, possibly unimaginable, powers. This 1970 novel is one of Dick's stronger efforts.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Our Friends from Frolix 8|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- cynical or dry-wit
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
- controls your mind
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- blue collar worker
- medium future 22-24th century
- one or two man fighter/scoutship
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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