With Dick the journey to transcendence or new forms of understanding can be a very stressful one for his protagonists.While some might consider this novel a pulp horror twist on Lord of the Flies, it is given a new dimension if read with knowledge of Japanese contemporary history and perceptions of young people.Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.
Hard to adequately describe the majesty of this book. I'd use the phrases 'mind blowing' or 'mind expanding' if they weren't such cliches. It gives a glimpse into one of our many possible futures and problems we may face in the future.
For me and for millions of others who live in the modern reality of computers and the internet, William Gibson's imagined future is closer to the truth of now than any work of realist literature.
It's got everything - essentially it's about Imperialism and Rhetoric, but it has many lessons and much wisdom for those interested in learning about Imperialism, especially the modern-day form of 'Aid' and 'helping the natives' - but then justifications for Imperialism have usually been wrapped up in fluffy-feel-good 'humanitarian' terms A good SF novel should be, above all things, a good novel.
While its plot can be considered a simple adventure or mystery, Banks' real strength is in realising a genuinely alien futuristic society which at the same time uses elements of the contemporary world, at times exaggerated, in unfamiliar or extreme ways.
On a purely superficial level, the detail with which Banks describes the society depicted, and the impossibly complex alien games which form the core of the plot, ignite the imagination in a way only the best SF does.
Adams wants us to laugh at it all, the pretentiousness and the craziness and never forget our towel.