Counter-Clock World

Counter Clock World In Counter Clock World one of the most theologically probing of all of Dick s books the world has entered the Hobart Phase a vast sidereal process in which time moves in reverse As a result librari

  • Title: Counter-Clock World
  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: 9780375719332
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Counter Clock World, one of the most theologically probing of all of Dick s books, the world has entered the Hobart Phase a vast sidereal process in which time moves in reverse As a result, libraries are busy eradicating books, copulation signifies the end of pregnancy, people greet with, Good bye, and part with, Hello, and underneath the world s tombstones, the deIn Counter Clock World, one of the most theologically probing of all of Dick s books, the world has entered the Hobart Phase a vast sidereal process in which time moves in reverse As a result, libraries are busy eradicating books, copulation signifies the end of pregnancy, people greet with, Good bye, and part with, Hello, and underneath the world s tombstones, the dead are coming back to life One imminent old born is Anarch Peak, a vibrant religious leader whose followers continued to flourish long after his death His return from the dead has such awesome implications that those who apprehend him will very likely be those who control the fate of the world Winner of both the Hugo and John W Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

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    2. Counter-Clock World is an expansion of Philip K. Dick's short story Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday. The ideas are interesting enough to flesh out into a longer story, but that also allows the cracks to show. In this world, because of something called the Hobart Effect, time has begun moving backward. People get younger, rise from the dead, food is disgorged, and knowledge is destroyed. Because of that, libraries hold all the power. Even the police are terrified of the librarians.Time moves b [...]

    3. Place there is none; we go backward and forward, and there is no place.-- St. Augustine."Sic igitur magni quoque circum moenia mundi expugnata dabunt labem putresque ruinas (So likewise the walls of the great universe assailed on all sides shall suffer decay, and fall into ruin."-- Lucretius, Book ii 1144 1145. I SAW God. Do you doubt it? Do you dare to doubt it? I saw the Almighty Man. His hand Was resting on a mountain, and He looked upon the World and all about it: 5I saw him plainer than [...]

    4. Counter-Clock World is weird because of how very NOT weird it is. That probably won't make a whole lot of sense if you're not familiar with a lot of what PKD was cranking out in the 60s. This was during his most prolific period as an author (more than half of his 44 novels were published between 1960-1969), and the majority of those books feature what I'm going to call the Dick Click (for lack of a better term).You start reading almost any novel by Dick and for the first 50-100 pages you're pret [...]

    5. 3.5 stars. Originally posted at fantasyliteratureIt’s 1998 and time has started running backward. Aging has reversed so that people are gradually getting younger, and dead people are awakening in their graves and begging to be let out. The excavating companies have the rights to sell the people they unbury to the highest bidder. When Sebastian Hermes’s small excavating company realizes that Thomas Peak, a famous religious prophet, is about to come back to life, they know that getting to him [...]

    6. So, this is what classic SF looks like. Sorry, but I can't see why Dick made it so big. His characters are laughably false -- particularly the women. I'd be insulted if it wasn't so ridiculous. As for the plot: almost as laughable. As for the whole idea behind the story: this is worth 2 stars.Time has reversed, meaning the dead are rising, living their lives over and disappearing into the nearest available womb. When a dead guru begins to stir it seems everyone is interested in his resurrection: [...]

    7. 3.5/5Un libro molto diverso dai più noti di Dick.Escluso ogni elemento fantascientifico, sono comunque presenti alcuni temi cari all’autore, come l’esistenza di molteplici realtà possibili, diversi continuum, la non linearità del tempo, calati in una storia dalle tinte fosche, a volte inquietanti. La capacità evocativa di Dick risulta magistrale anche in generi narrativi diversi dalla fantascienza, così come la sua bravura nel seminare spunti di riflessione molto profondi, talora turban [...]

    8. This is one of those Philip K. Dick novels that has a fascinating premise but is perhaps a little too hard for the author to handle at this developing time in his career. There are some really nice philosophical turns throughout but the concept may be a little too strange and artificial. For anyone else this would be a four star book but Dick has written betterǫninniǫɘd ɘʜƚ ƚɒ ǫnibnɘ bnɒ bnɘ ɘʜƚ ƚɒ ǫniƚɿɒƚƨ ,ƨiʜƚ ɘʞil ƚi ɘƚoɿw ɘvɒʜ bluoʜƨ ɘʜ ǫniʞniʜƚ q [...]

    9. In a post-WWIV society (which began in, er, 1986) time starts to reverse by a phenomenon entitled the Hobart Phase, where the living grow younger by the day and the dead come back to life, requiring their exhumation by trained experts.Sebastian Hermes owns one such Vitarium, as well as being a resurrectee. He legally owns the bodies he revives, selling them to either family or to the highest bidder. When he exhumes an influential spiritual leader, known as the Anarch Peak, he finds himself tradi [...]

    10. This wasn't bad for a short, quick read. Obviously it wasn't Dick's finest hour, but I do give him props for exploring ideas that no other author at the time even bothered exploring. However, it doesn't seem like his ideas were always well-executed, which was the case with Counter-Clock World. The idea of time reversing itself was what drew me into the book, but it didn't live up to its expectations. It sounded intriguing, yes, but I just felt that Dick didn't take advantage of the potential he [...]

    11. This is one of the strangest stories I have read, set in a world where time has reversed itself and the dead are coming back to life, books are being unwritten, food is no longer ingested but disgorged, and in general, as the title of the book suggests the world has started to move counter-clockwise. The real impact of this story however is in the philosophical and theological issues addressed by the characters, and the profound impact that mass resurrection has had on religious doctrine.Despite [...]

    12. Philip K. Dick gets a lot of respect from writers and critics from both inside and outside the Science Fiction establishment. This is the fourth book by him I have read and I am still astonished by what a bad writer he is. He has interesting ideas, and The Man In The High Castle was a good novel, but his prose is Dan Brown bad and his characterization is less subtle and three dimensional than The Bold And The Beautiful, or any bad soap opera you care to mention. I have enjoyed the film adaptatio [...]

    13. An interesting sci-fi noir fantasy-dystopia, where biological time flows backwards but not life itself. Nor history. People growing young make new mistakes (or at least variations on their old mistakes) and the world finds new ways to spin itself into the abyss (or at least tumble into deeper fissures). PKD hits the usual sweet spots with his sour take on marital fidelity, race relations (with characters based oh-so-thinly on MLK Jr. and Malcolm X) and, always a fan favorite, the Uncanny Valley [...]

    14. 3 PKD könyv elolvasása után egyre biztosabban mondhatom, hogy én képtelen vagyok értékelni K. Dick írói "munkásságát". A High Castle lassan két éve pihen 80%-on a Kindle-n, ezt a borzalmat meg csak azért sikerült elolvasnom, mert legalább rövid volt. Adott egy közepesen kreatív sci-fi ötlet, miszerint az idő mostantól visszafelé megy, majd ennek az implikációt az író csak akkor viszi tovább (úgy cigiznek, hogy felvesznek egy csikket a földről, majd a végén vissz [...]

    15. Really low 3 - I contemplated giving it a 2. I mean, time starts running backwards so the dead are reborn and you have to eat through your colon and puke up food? Is he in 6th grade?Also, it's mostly chase scenes and spy counter-spy stuff. It is interlaced with theological tracts, which you might think would be my way in, but it's pretty unremarkable theology. What saves the book is the protagonist, who is so very human.

    16. I've read a lot of PKD, and I'm sad to say I'm a little "eh" about this one. If you've never read PKD, I would not make this your first, or even 5th. The story explores the phenomenon of time going in reverse, which apparently even Stephen Hawking seems to think is not totally fantasy. Time going in reverse leads to some chuckle-worthy daily rituals and turns of phrase. However, I found the tone to be depressing, and bleak, with no really likable characters. PKD doesn't cast women in a favorable [...]

    17. This is a three star book I'm giving four stars to because of its originality. Dick is an author unlike any other. He can definitely come up with some unique stuff. This isn't Dick's best book, but it's not bad. The premise is interesting. Due to the mysterious Hobart Phase, everything on Earth is moving backwards now, as of the 1980s (this world is in the late 1990s). Dead people wake up and are unearthed by companies who sell them to the highest bidder. The fact that relatives never seem to bi [...]

    18. Originally published on my blog here in July 2002.In general, Dick's novels contain a dazzling multiplicity of ideas; but Counter-Clock World is dominated by just one and careful limits are placed on how fully it is explored. It is in many ways (dictated by its theme) similar to Kurt Vonnegut's Timequake. There, people relive a decade of their lives, fully conscious that they have already experienced what they are going through; here, time has suddenly reversed.Dick doesn't go to the extent of r [...]

    19. Phillip K. Dick must be the Forrest Gump of running with a premise. In this perplexing muddle, the flow of time has reversed and the dead are coming back to life. Well, sort of. Sebastian Hermes' job is to loiter around cemeteries and disinterestedly disinter the recently undeceased. Apparently this entails a lot of paperwork; and PKD is fairly relentless in detailing the economics of undeath. The time reversal aspect is more of an afterthought; aside from the fact that everyone is getting young [...]

    20. A very interesting book with a creepy ending. Sometime in the 1980s time had started going backwards on Earth (Mars was still ok) so dead people were coming back from the dead and ageing backwards (while people who hadn't died also started ageing backwards). The premise was odd, and probably because of Red Dwarf, a bit silly in places. But nonetheless it was an interesting story. I think my favourite idea was the evil library that was intent on destroying all information, eradicating knowledge f [...]

    21. Actually kind of a crappy story, but the idea is fantastic: a world in which time is moving backwards. People begin their lives buried in cemeteries and have to be dug up before they suffocate. They regurgitate their food and put it back in the refrigerator. Before they get into bed every morning, they use a razor which puts stubble on their faces and legs. People get younger and younger and eventually turn into babies and crawl into their mothers. Nine months later (or earlier) their mothers ha [...]

    22. One of the better Philip K. Dicks, although I don't think it cracks my top five. The setting is very unusual: near future, where people age in reverse so they come alive in their graves and have to be dug out. They then get progressively younger until they become babies and need someone to take care of them. Lots of things happen in reverse, although why is not always explained, such as libraries gradually eliminating books over time, smokers puffing smoke into cigarette butts to make them whole [...]

    23. Yet another PKD novel which, despite the fact that his strange universe makes little logical sense and fails to obey its own rules, still captivates you to the point where you simply do not care about any of that: it simply becomes another way for the characters to question their own sense of reality, of existence, and what they want. In that sense it kept me intrigued from page one, and continued to do so all the way through to the (unusually sad for PKD) ending. Any complaints against the nove [...]

    24. This book deserves more than the 3 stars I gave it. It's pretty good; better than your average read definitely why have I done this?Well, because as far as I can tell, the central premise doesn't really make any sense. You have people who are living from old age to youth, actively doing some things backwards (disgorging instead of eating) but in many other ways actively doing things forwards. (People get shot. Shouldn't people be pulling bullets out of them instead?)Regardless of this, the book [...]

    25. It's an interesting concept that Dick does really well - time has been going backwards for years, and people are starting to come back from the dead. It's main character, Sebastian Hermes, owns a vitarium, which is a business that finds people waking up in their coffins and gets them out. They then sell that person on to the highest bidder.It's all going well until the Anarch Peak, the leader of the Free Negro Municipality religion (yes, that's its name) awakens and a battle ensues over who gets [...]

    26. For Dick fans only.Like even the best of Dick, this has leaden dialogue and flat characters.Like even the worst of Dick, this has interesting ideas, plot twists and reversals, and puts characters in interesting situations.The central principle, that the dead come back and age backwards -- disgorging food instead of eating it, un-smoking cigarettes, etc -- is preposterous. But it does lead to some interesting new insults, such as mouth-hole!If you are already a fan of Dick, there is no reason you [...]

    27. Dick aveva veramente un'immaginazione infinita.Aveva idee originali e riusciva a svilupparle molto bene.In questo romanzo ci sono concetti che poi verranno utilizzati ed ampliati in altre sue opere, come "Valis", "Ma gli androidi sognano pecore elettriche?", "Deus Irae".La trama è intrigante, i personaggi abbastanza credibili.Un aspetto solo non mi è piaciuto tanto, perché non ben gestito, e cioè che i vari protagonisti si innamorano un pò troppo repentinamente.Per il resto, è un romanzo a [...]

    28. Sort of reminded me of The Simulacra, though it's been too long since I've read that one to be able to say why it reminded me of it. Some really great theological/philosophical debates, though.Plus: Hobart Phase. How much of a genius do you have to be to think that up? Awesome.But poor Joe Tinbane! Why did he have to die!

    29. Πολύ έξυπνη η σύλληψη ενός κόσμου όπου ο χρόνος κυλάει προς τα πίσω, όμως δεν είναι ο καλύτερος Philip Dick που έχω διαβάσει. Η μετάφραση στα ελληνικά είναι μετριότατη: Μποέθιους ο φιλόσοφος Βοήθιος, Θωμάς ο Ακουινός ο Θωμάς ο Ακινάτης! Κρίμα!

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