Barney Mayerson, in trying to navigate the illusory world before him, is desperately trying to get back together with his wife Emily, but behind every face lurks the metal eyes of Palmer Eldritch. There are a number of parallels drawn between situations in the story and Christianity and the Holy Sacrament. But for me the real highlights of Palmer Eldritch are the drug worlds themselves, especially the one Barney gets lost in toward the end of the book. And then PKD throws us yet another curveball in the revelation that Barney and Palmer have traded places, and that Barney will the one to be killed by Leo.
This book is hard, perhaps impossible, to fault. From start to finish, this is a well constructed and disorientating novel. That thing is the presence of pure evil in the form of Palmer Eldritch.
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This relationship mirrors a similar one in the slightly-later Ubik , except that here Roni turns out to be a reasonable person after all. PKD is imagining The Sims , basically. Meanwhile, on a hovel on Mars, wretched colonists unlucky enough to have been drafted to the service by the United Nations cling desperately to their empty lives.
Their only salvation? Perky Pat and Can-D. All of this is subject to change when the mysterious Palmer Eldritch, who departed for the Prox system a decade ago, returns to Sol. It seems Eldritch wants to go into competition against Bulero using his own drug, Chew Z, which promises to deliver eternal life.
To my mind, Leo Bulero is the real protagonist in this story, not Barney. This is where Palmer Eldritch shines the brightest, as these chapters are pure magic.
The illusion world allows PKD to dispense with any responsibility to depict events in a realistic way. At heart, this is a strange kind of fantasy writing, not science fiction that someone like Robert Heinlein would have recognised.
As the novel progresses, Palmer Eldritch comes to dominate proceedings to a greater and greater extent. By the end, he appears to have taken over most of the Solar System.
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