Martian Time-Slip Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jack Bohlen is one of the best repairmen among the sparsely populated colonies on Mars, circa 1994. Arnie Kott, the wheeling-and-dealing head of the plumbers' union colony, has an inkling that Manfred, one of the "anomalous" children kept in a special school and perhaps scheduled for deportation and destruction by the UN administration, may be able to foresee the future. Kott hires Bohlen to work with Manfred, partly because Bohlen is so handy and partly because his history of past mental illness may make him better able to communicate with the all-but-autistic Manfred. Power politics, black market smuggling, casual adultery, land speculation, and the robot teachers at the public school (from Angry Janitor to Lincoln) all figure into this typically disconcerting 1964 Dick plot.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 50% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's a slave/repressed?    -   discrim against people with mental powers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   neutral aliens    -   primitive aliens    -   empty, or nearly empty world Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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