Arnie Kott, head of the powerful Water Workers union on Mars, suspects that 10-year-old autistic Manfred Steiner can see into the future. Seeking information about real estate investments, Kott cajoles schizophrenic Jack Bohlen to befriend the boy. Will Manfred's visions of a deteriorated future corrupt the present?
Philip Kindred Dick (1928–1982) was an American novelist and short story writer whose published work during his lifetime was almost entirely in the science fiction genre. Dick explored sociological, political and metaphysical themes in novels dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states. In his later works, Dick's thematic focus strongly reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology. He often drew upon his own life experiences and addressed the nature of drug use, paranoia and schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences in novels such as A Scanner Darkly.