|Plot Summary of Martian Time-Slip|
Jack Bohlen is one of the best repairmen among the sparsely populated colonies on Mars, circa 1994. Arnie Kott, the wheeling-and-dealing head of the plumbers' union colony, has an inkling that Manfred, one of the "anomalous" children kept in a special school and perhaps scheduled for deportation and destruction by the UN administration, may be able to foresee the future. Kott hires Bohlen to work with Manfred, partly because Bohlen is so handy and partly because his history of past mental illness may make him better able to communicate with the all-but-autistic Manfred. Power politics, black market smuggling, casual adultery, land speculation, and the robot teachers at the public school (from Angry Janitor to Lincoln) all figure into this typically disconcerting 1964 Dick plot.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Martian Time-Slip|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 50%
Tone of book
- cynical or dry-wit
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
Mental/magical powers focus
- coping with mental/magical powers
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's a slave/repressed?
- discrim against people with mental powers
- blue collar worker
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
- neutral aliens
- primitive aliens
- empty, or nearly empty world
Planet outside solar system?
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?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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