Eye in the Sky Book Summary and Study Guide

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On Oct. 2, 1959, missile engineer Jack Hamilton and his wife Marsha are touring the proton beam deflector of the Belmont (California) Bevatron when a platform collapses and the couple, along with six other assorted people, are plunged through the artificially-generated cosmic rays to the concrete floor below. Shortly thereafter, Jack finds himself facing the eye of God ... only not really. Various other realities turn up, and it gradually dawns on Jack that each member of the wounded, irradiated party is getting his or her turn to create reality around the rest of them. But how will they get out and back to the world as they've known it? This early (1957) Dick novel is obviously dated in some ways -- there's a strong anti-McCarthist strain in the plot -- but features some of his familiar themes in concrete form.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   dimension travel--general    -   dimension travel--a parallel earth Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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