This satirical adventure from Philip K. Dick deals with issues of power, class, and politics, set in a world ruled by big-brained elites. In Our Friends from Frolix 8, the world is run by an elite few. And what determines whether one is part of the elite isn’t wealth or privilege, but brains. As children, every citizen of Earth is tested; some are found to be super-smart New Men and some are Unusuals, with various psychic powers. The vast majority are Undermen, performing menial jobs in an overpopulated world.Nick Appleton is an Underman, content to go with the flow and eke out an existence as a tire regroover. But after his son is classified as an Underman, Appleton begins to question the hierarchy. Strengthening his resolve, and energizing the resistance movement, is news that the great resistance leader Thors Provoni is returning from a trip to the furthest reaches of space. And he’s brought help: a giant, indestructible alien.
Die Mehrbegabten Our friends from Frolix 8 dt Science Fiction Roman
A second collection of signature works offers insight into the author's range within the science-fiction genre, in a volume that includes the titles Martian Time-Slip, Dr. Bloodmoney, Now Wait for Last Year, A Scanner Darkly, and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. 25,000 first printing.
This collection of 14 essays on science fiction, most of which originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, explores critical standards; questions of genre, including film and the graphic novel (an evolution of the comic book); and images of the hero. Spinrad provides sketches of four major writers: Sturgeon, Vonnegut, Ballard, and Dick. He also discusses the economic, social, and literary forces that have shaped contemporary science fiction. ISBN 0-8093-1538-6:
Philippe Starck was born in Paris in 1949 and became the Artistic Director of Cardin at a young age. In the late seventies he realised the night clubs 'Le Main Bleue' and 'Les Baines-Douches', prototypes of the 'hard' clubs. In 1982 he refurbished the Presidential Apartments in the Elysee for Francois Mitterand. He is most famous for his work as a designer - of chairs, beds, tables, watches and kitchen equipment - objects which have met with an enthusiastic reception from both private clients and an international public. Here, his entire architectural activity is dealt with for the first time: from his interiors for the Cafe Costes and those in Tokyo (the Manin Restaurant and Cafe Mystique); through the projects for the Tokyo Opera House and French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; to the realised works in Madrid, New York and Tokyo (Asahi, 'Nani Nani' and 'Le Baron Vert') and the most recent project for the Prefabricated House for '3 Suisses' to be sold by mail. All break through the conventions of the traditional architectural discipline with their strength of innovation and symbolic power.