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Galactic Pot-Healer de Philip K. Dick
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Galactic Pot-Healer (edició 1969)

de Philip K. Dick (Autor)

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The Glimmung wants Joe Fernwright. Fernwright is a pot-healer - a repairer of ceramics - in a drably utilitarian future where such skills have little value. The Glimmung is a being that looks something like a gyroscope, something like a teenaged girl, and something like the contents of an ocean. What's more, it may be divine. And, like certain gods of old Earth, it has a bad temper. What could an omnipresent and seemingly omnipotent entity want with a humble pot-healer? Or with the dozens of other odd creatures it has lured to Plowman's Planet? And if the Glimmung is a god, are its ends positive or malign? Combining quixotic adventure, spine-chilling horror, and deliriously paranoid theology, Galactic Pot-Healer is a uniquely Dickian voyage to alternate worlds of the imagination.… (més)
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Títol:Galactic Pot-Healer
Autors:Philip K. Dick (Autor)
Informació:Berkley Publishing Corp. (1969), Edition: Book Club Edition, 148 pages
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More that most of his other novels, the main character, in this case Joe Fernwright, doesn't so much exist as drifts from one scene to another. Everything he touches, he brings doom to, and though you want to grab Joe by the shoulders and try to shake him out of his fatalistic ennui, you can't help but sit back and watch the train wreck of his life. Dick doesn't pull any punches and keeps his characters consistent, right to the very sardonic end.
One of my favourite Dick novels. ( )
  harroldsheep | May 21, 2021 |
The Galactic Pot-Healer is a melange of analogue and future technology brought together by an alien mythology, the shapeshifting Glimmung who is an alien deity but not actually a god, the gods of Plowman's Planet were Borel and Amalita who were worshipped in two magnificent cathedrals now plunged in the depths of the vast ocean where the shadows of the dead survive. The story follows Joe a "pot-healer", someone who repairs ceramics as he is coaxed to leave Earth and his rather banal existence to join a team gathered by the Glimmung. Philip moves his protagonist in a seemingly random way through-out the plot but by the omniscience of Glimmung and the Book (A tome which writes in real-time the past/present/future of all beings), his actions despite their oblique reasoning are in fact quite linear. Although initially set on a futuristic Earth and an alien planet, Philip retains some old world technologies such as tape recorders, telephones, and the phonograph. There are humorous scenes as if written in on occasion when Philip was in the mood and moments of science-fiction fancy such as when Joe and Mali use the SSA machine. This is the second book featuring a Glimmung and set on the Plowman's planet, the first was Dick's Nick and the Glimmung written as a children's book. ( )
  RupertOwen | Apr 27, 2021 |
This novel was a bit of a subdued, yet still wild, ride through the mind of Philip K. Dick. The premise is enticing, but there is a sense of humor and satire-- especially regarding the ending, associated with it. Overall, I felt this to be a little detached from the rest of the oeuvre that I've seen by Dick, and his style seems to be verging on experimentation and poise rather than the usual romp through science fiction that I have become associated with through reading him. Nonetheless, it was not a bad read, per se, but rather an unexpected one. Nevertheless, it was still worthwhile.

3 stars. ( )
  DanielSTJ | May 5, 2019 |
Trippy. Loved the last line. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Nov 26, 2018 |


I wonder if Philip K. Dick was familiar with the Q & A:
Q: Why do ducks fly over Cleveland upside down?
A: There's nothing worth crapping on.

I ask since this novel opens in dystopian Cleveland in the year 2046, a futuristic city where absolutely nothing is worth crapping on - it's totalitarian with a vengeance: state officials utilize sinister mind control techniques and a ruthless, intrusive police force maims, brutalizes and otherwise inflicts itself on the city's inhabitants at every turn.

Joe Fernwright is the book’s protagonist. Joe is a pot-healer, a mender of broken ceramic pots as his father was before him. Similar to those master craftsmen who helped build medieval cathedrals, Joe takes a special pride in his skill.

Unfortunately, he’s living in a world of computers and other highly advanced technology, a world where everything is made out of plastic. Poor Joe. His talents are no longer needed and he sits in his office cubical alone, without work, and, as a way to kill time and take the edge off his boredom and frustration, he uses a Skype-like program to play The Game (a clever intellectual guessing game) with other men across the globe who are likewise bored and frustrated. When he’s not playing The Game, Joe ponders: What do I really want?

But then Joe receives a mysterious note: "Pot-healer, I need you. And I will pay.” Immediately thereafter all varieties of bizarre events ensue until Joe finds himself interrogated and threatened at a Cleveland police station. He can't take the cruelty, runs out the door and is rescued in a strange, outer space kind of way by a strange outer space kind of being.

Glimmung. name of the outer space being and author of the aforementioned quizzical communique, presents Joe with an opportunity to infuse new meaning into his life by healing pots on his distant planet of Sirius 5. Divorced, childless, unemployed and now that he's a wanted man by the police, Joe figures he has little to lose and accepts Glimmung's proposition, thus setting out on what Joseph Campbell termed “The Hero’s Journey.”

Galactic Pot-Healer strikes me as a cross between a sacred Gnostic text from Nag Hammadi and a book written by Philip K. Dick. Wait a minute, is that a legitimate description? Well, avid Dickheads will know what I’m driving at. For others, think of a wild, weird, very funny science fiction novel (not “hard” sf since PKD doesn’t get into the actual science behind traveling from Earth to another Earth-like planet) complete with Jungian archetypes written in a way that touches on ancient esoteric mythology and religion.

The Hero’s Journey is never an easy one - recall the trials of Odysseus, of Gautama Buddha, of Joan of Arc, of Luke Skywalker. Joe encounters all sorts of people, places, things and far-out creatures as part of his quest. To list a number:

Glimmung: A being with enormous size and tremendous powers who can manifest in diverse forms. Glimmung assembles scores of specialists in the arts and sciences from all over the galaxy to his current home planet of Sirius 5 aka Plowman’s Planet for a specific purpose: to help raise Heldscalla, a cathedral sunken beneath a vast ocean. Joe’s ongoing dealings with Glimmung place our luckless pot-healer, in many ways an ordinary kind of guy, in the role of probing philosopher. At the top of the list is that perennial human question: yea, yea, yea . . . but what about me?!

Harper Baldwin: One of the other human specialists recruited along with Joe. Harper is the prototypical manager/organization man, forever giving directions and attempting to assert his will as self-appointed leader. Harper's bluster and American-style pragmatism add much color and comedy to the tale.

Mali Yojez: Did I say Joe was luckless? That has more to do with his life in Cleveland. The specialist sitting next to Joe on the flight to Sirius 5 is a marine biologist, a stunning young lady from a planet very much like Earth. A strong emotional bond quickly develops. Joe and Mali team up and wherever Joe goes, Mali is sure to follow. Lucky guy! The two of them even share an apartment together at the Sirius 5 luxury hotel. In this way, Mali becomes the novel’s second main character. And Mali has an intriguing take on the English language. That’s the way to juice up your story, PKD!

Anomalous Aliens: All types of intelligent, non-humans the size of humans from other planets are among the specialists. At one point Joe observes: “A chitinous multilegged quasiarachnid and a large bivalve with pseudopodia arguing about Goethe’s Faust. A book which I’ve never read – and it originated on my planet, is the product of a human being.” Fortunately, every one of these creatures has a sense of proper decorum and never even thinks of making a meal of Joe.

Willis: Without question, the coolest dude in the story. And Willis is a robot. But a robot with the temperament and timing of a stand-up comic, right up there will George Carlin and Jonathan Winters and the deadpan comic Jackie Vernon. Willis is one fantastic reason Galactic Pot-Healer rocks the house.

Book of the Kahlends: The one and only book written on Sirius 5, a book that purports to predict the future. To say more would be to say too much - you will have to read all about it for yourself.

The New Man: The Hero’s Journey is one of continual discovery. What Joe Fernwright learns about himself, how he grows as a person, the decisions he makes regarding his chosen craft and the steps he takes to actualize his capacity and spirit for individual creativity is nothing short of uplifting. I can clearly picture Philip K. Dick siting at his typewriter, tingling with excitement (even without drugs or many cups of black coffee) as he put the finishing touches on Galactic Pot-Healer.






“A man is an angel that has become deranged, Joe Fernwright thought. Once they – all of them – had been genuine angels, and at that time they had had a choice between good and evil, so it was easy, easy being an angel."



“Death is very close, he thought. When you think in this manner. I can feel it, he decided. How near I am. Nothing is killing me; I have no enemy, no antagonist; I am merely expiring, like a magazine subscription: month by month.”
― Philip K. Dick, Galactic Pot-Healer ( )
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'We're not going to book you, Mr Fernwright, although technically you're guilty of a crime against the people.'
'The state,' Joe said; he sat hunched over, rubbing his forehead, trying to make the pain stop. 'Not the people,' he managed to say.
'What is this thing?' he asked the robot, who still stood at the threshold of the workroom.
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'You first have to say — aw, the hell with it,' the robot said.
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The Glimmung wants Joe Fernwright. Fernwright is a pot-healer - a repairer of ceramics - in a drably utilitarian future where such skills have little value. The Glimmung is a being that looks something like a gyroscope, something like a teenaged girl, and something like the contents of an ocean. What's more, it may be divine. And, like certain gods of old Earth, it has a bad temper. What could an omnipresent and seemingly omnipotent entity want with a humble pot-healer? Or with the dozens of other odd creatures it has lured to Plowman's Planet? And if the Glimmung is a god, are its ends positive or malign? Combining quixotic adventure, spine-chilling horror, and deliriously paranoid theology, Galactic Pot-Healer is a uniquely Dickian voyage to alternate worlds of the imagination.

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