Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Another Blow to Linear Time
Henri over at the Philip K Dick Bookshelf recently linked to this January 2007 review of a new Gollancz edition of Martian Time-Slip. In it Sue Davies writes:
"Dick's descriptive power is remarkable and in places as viscerally shocking as any horror novel can be. This novels slips in between 'Time Out Of Joint' and 'Eye In The Sky', sharing and revelling in many [sic] the obsessions examined in those novels."
Please tell me Davies wasn't paid for this review. If she was, ask for your money back. Besides the rather shoddy proofreading (I tell my students to print out their essay and read it aloud, try that next time Sue), Davies seems to be suffering her own personal time slip. Eye in the Sky was written in 1955 (published 1957) and Time Out of Joint was written in 1958 (published 1959) while Martian Time-Slip was written in 1962 (published 1963). For those keeping score at home that means that Martian Time-Slip was written between the two novels it was actually written after. Sue Davies, John Kerry's got nothing on you.
But seriously, do these people do any research at all? Do they have any concern at all for the factual accuracy of a review they're writing? What gives?
Actually, I am interested in this new novelist I heard about a few days ago; his name is Herman Melville and apparently he wrote several science fiction novels about super intelligent mutant whales in the 16th century (talk about ahead of his time). Apparently Melville doesn't get out much these days. I heard he's been spotted whale watching with Captain Beefheart, but I'm sure in no time he will get the literary recognition he so richly deserves.
If anybody wants to pay me for the paragraph above leave a bid in the comment section.
I think it's best to let Davies have the last unintelligible word. Here's to never reading what you've written:
"[Martian Time-Slip] falls down on wrapping up the story of Manfred because we never truly share where totally his inner vision but nevertheless it is an absorbing read."