Philip K. Dick's Electric ant

Philip K Dick s Electric ant When Garson Poole wakes up in a hospital after a horrific accident he s surprised to find that he s missing a hand yet feels no pain His surprise turns to shock when the hospital discharges him You s

  • Title: Philip K. Dick's Electric ant
  • Author: David W. Mack Pascal Alixe Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: 9780785139812
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Garson Poole wakes up in a hospital after a horrific accident, he s surprised to find that he s missing a hand yet feels no pain His surprise turns to shock when the hospital discharges him You see, Garson Poole is not human He s an Electricant, an elaborate robot with an organic skin overlay So why would a machine think it s the rich and successful owner of Tri PWhen Garson Poole wakes up in a hospital after a horrific accident, he s surprised to find that he s missing a hand yet feels no pain His surprise turns to shock when the hospital discharges him You see, Garson Poole is not human He s an Electricant, an elaborate robot with an organic skin overlay So why would a machine think it s the rich and successful owner of Tri Plan Electronics Poole sets out to uncover why he s been deluded into believing he s human in this mind bending tale based on sci fi master Philip K Dick s novella Where does his programming stop, and free will start What is the nature of reality, and how much of it takes place within us, and can be bent to our will Garson Poole will find out, and so will you Collects Electric Ant 1 5.

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    1. The Electric Ant is a graphic novel based on Philip K. Dick’s science fiction short story that came out in 1969. It is about Garson Poole an “electricant”, i.e an organic robot who appears like a human being. He comes to know that he is a robot when he loses his hand due to a flying-car-crash. This discovery makes him curious about himself so he opens his chest and manipulates the micro-punched tape. Those program changes affect his perception of his reality and his relationship with his g [...]

    2. The only exposure I’ve had with Philip K. Dick’s science fiction before reading this graphic novel adaptation of his story was to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. I saw the former on a grainy Betamax tape more than a dozen years ago and the latter when it was on rotation on HBO.I even wrote a short easy on Blade Runner as required after the school sanctioned viewing. I did some basic research on it and that was when the internet was still young and didn [...]

    3. Original version posted at Layers of Thought with a trio of reviews.3.5 stars actually!With gorgeous graphics, this is a sci fi novella for adults or mature and older teens. It is a metaphor for an existential trip that most of us unexpectedly take at one time or another - like the main character.About: It’s a graphic take on Philip K. Dick’s science fiction novella The Electric Ant, which was first published in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine in October 1969. It’s based around an and [...]

    4. Fascinating render of an old-school sci-fi story. Mack's art is nice, fluid and soft so it works here when telling a cold machine tale. The story has that silly tie-it-all-up at the end, which always feels forced and very old-school sci-fy.At first I wished they'd update some of the clunky old tech ideas that were current when Dick first wrote about them but have become antiquated since then. But reading further, I realised they were pretty critical to the story and updating them would have made [...]

    5. pretty good adaption. The art was really good. Parts of the story were word-for-word and the same as Dick's story (I read PKD's version the same day). Some liberties were taken to make the story slightly longer, more modern, more suitable to the graphic novel medium.a few times I caught myself going "Hey, that's not what's in the story!", but I don't think there can be much argument that the changes are bad. This adaption certainly is much closer to PKD's work than the film adaptions that have b [...]

    6. Interesting perspective of an android type of guy who simply wants to know more about himself and his programming. Eventually he evolves to a higher state of being. I'm going to read the novella next to see how closely to the original story by Philip K Dick Marvel got. The art was exceptional, though I couldn't figure out why the main character went around nude most of the time. I suppose it made it easier for the artists to portray the physical changes he went through, which were many.

    7. I prefer the story to this graphic interpretation although they are extremely similar--there's more humor in the story that I appreciate, even though the misogyny of the original story is a real downer. Id love to see a more modern interpretation of this PKD story

    8. I've never read the original story it was based on, but this is a great graphic novel. It really makes you think about what reality really is. The staging of the art is well thought out and the every panel halps to advance the story.

    9. Boredom ensued for me Blah blah blah, woah I'm a robot! All of the sudden I know complex robotic and quantum-physics jargon and all the frickin shibboleth. Coen bros. ending. A cheesy melodrama, but, admittedly, a little bit enjoyable.

    10. Captivating, provocative story -- more Inception than Do Androids Dream, which I count as a good thing. I suspect Phillip K. Dick secretly wanted to be a robot.

    11. “The Electric Ant” by Philip K. Dick (original story published 1969)The protagonist discovers in the opening sequences that he is in fact not human but a robot.Frightening end, rushing wind, the sound of emptiness and the final fate of the world itself.****Garson Poole wakes up after a flying-car-crash to find that he is missing a hand. He then finds out that he is an 'electric ant' – an "organic" robot. He further finds out that what he believes is his subjective reality is being fed to h [...]

    12. I like the set-up for this story - a man gets into a vehicle accident only to discover in the hospital that he isn't human, he's an electricant, a fancy robot. Obviously this sets him reeling and he tries to figure out his role in life, the meaning of existence, and if he can do anything about it. Like I said, nice set-up! But, for me, its gets really confusing, and when the ending comes, I had little, to no idea what was happening, or what had happened! I like Philip K. quite a bit, but this on [...]

    13. An awesome re-write by David Mack, of one of Philip K. Dick's short stories. Some say the precursor to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but I wouldn't say so directly. PKD had a lot of stories that dealt with people being androids, or in his earlier stories, aliens. It's all about "what makes up a man." Are we just a sum of our memories, are we being programmed by some anonymous outside force (the government, alien life, etc), do we even have control over our future?I loved the writing, and [...]

    14. This is a graphic novel version of a Philip K. Dick story. The art work is quite imaginative and impressive. The story-line has some holes, but it is easy enough to fill in the plot. There is a bit of jumping around that might leave some readers scratching their heads. The story concept is similar to Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," which was the basis for the major motion picture Blade Runner. Here, androids are the main characters, but they are called "electricants." In the vernac [...]

    15. Yes Philip K. Dick. Marvel has created a great adaption for this sci-fi story by Philip K. Dick. In this tale Garson Poole (the owner of Tri-Plan Electronics Corporation) ends up in a horrific accident. He awakes to find that he is actually not human but an android called an Electric ant. This discovery becomes more complicated as he begins to investigate why he has been program to believe he is human. Dreams and Reality begin to blur as Garson and his lover Sarah begin experimenting with his pr [...]

    16. Read in The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary AnthologyA man wakes up in a hospital room and discovers, after having a new hand grafted onto his arm, that he is not a man but a robot. With the new knowledge he takes it upon himself to fiddle with his own circuits, causing unpredictable results.A classic science fiction story that hits on a multitude of topics including the mentality of androids and our perception of reality. Interesting and thought-provoking read.

    17. A story of perception and reality. A man is injured and, at the hospital, discovers he is not a human, but a biological android. The discovery sends him into a mad spiral as he discovers his inner mechanisms and how they work. Slightly alter reality? Experience all the world at once? Or, perhaps, cease to experience existence in any manner?I didn't so much like the ending, which is why the four stars. The rest of the story is great, but having that little "ironic twist" was a bit dissatisfying.A [...]

    18. Read in the anthology Space Odyssey: an Anthology of Great Science Fiction Stories, thought I'd give it a special shout-out because, even in this excellent collection, it stands out. Dick's favorite motifs of paranoia and androids, his favorite themes of free will, the sense of self-identity, and the nature of reality, and his sharply engaging writing style all shine here.

    19. This is a gorgeous graphic novel adaptation of Philip K. Dick's sci-fi short story. I was actually looking for "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeo?" but this is treasure enough, I guess. The artwork is exceptional; it perfectly juxtaposes with the story's paranoid fiction-ish nature, tackling human folly about the distinction of reality and fantasyor the lack thereof. It's a thoughtful piece, and for a while it bombarded my head with lots of 'what-ifs' too. Garson's thoughts are very contagious [...]

    20. A cool adaptation of PKD's 1969 short story published in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Garson Poole is the owner of Tri-Plan Electronics, a company that develops hi-tech weapons systems. After a car accident the doctors tell him he's an electric ant, an organic robot, "a precursor to the more modern replicant." With flying cars and a light touch of Film Noir retro, David Mack does a good job of incorporating the modern interpretation of PKD into the story. comicsbin/2013/02

    21. Another great Philip K Dick story exploring reality, identity, and robotics. Very deep and illustrated well. I can't believe I found this jewel at Half Price Books; I had never heard of it, yet it was exactly what I was looking for at the time. Thought provoking.

    22. This was a interesting and good story. I really liked the questioning of where reality comes from and being able to alter it. Although really devastating to discover you were an android (not a spoiler as the story opens with the discovery).

    23. Excellent adaptation (to the best of my recollection, that is) of a P.K.Dick short story. The brilliant (writer/)artist David Mack turned his skills towards writing only on this Graphic Novel. A self-aware android becomes the perfect metaphor for the human condition. Nice art.

    24. I don't now how to feel about this graphic novel. The story is good to a point, the art fits well, but it feels like the concluding issue contradicts the rest of the comic and itself. Very confusing.

    25. Начало пути гениальнейшего автора и великого знатока античной и современной философии. Уникальный в своей противоречивости рассказ.

    26. I got into it after the first issue, and in true Philip K. Dick style, it leaves you with a ambiguous yet potentially meaningful ending. Enjoyable, short yet not completely satisfying.

    27. This book really makes you think about what part your conscience plays in your perception of reality. I recommend this to any fan of Philip K. Dick.

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