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Inspired by the work of John C Lilly Chayefsky spent two years in Boston doing research to write his science fiction novel Altered States HarperCollins 1978 which he adapted for his last screenplay In the film Chayefsky is credited under his real first and middle name Sidney Aaron because of disputes with There s always a danger with writing a book about science that it will become outdated and too simple over time Fortunately Chayefsky skirts past it by using ancient science and ideas that have been around for a long time This was a fast read with a lot of truths in it truths about human nature and about the vanity fair called academia Whenever someone hits a snag in the conversation or appears dull witted they respond by reciting the highlights of their cv which seems droll and is Even though not mentioned specifically there s a lot of brain worship going onThe narrative is fast moving and we progress rapidly to the intended outcome in a short uick read My only complaint is that the ending comes off a little corny like everything is okay and we can go about our lives like nothing happened even though something incredible did indeed happen I guess that Chayefsky ran short on endings or paper or explanations Still a fascinating read

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Director Ken Russell Some of the events portrayed in this film seem to be based on the studies of the French surrealist author Antonin Artaud; the protagonist visits a tribe of isolated Mexican tribal people participates in their sacred shamanic ritual involving local hallucinogens for the purpose of inves So the author basically interviewed scientists for two years about whatever silliness and then wrote a book about a scientist going to South America to hang out with natives and take magic mushrooms that are the ultimate hallucinogen Then he eats a lizard while he trances out Then he synthesizes the compound and takes it while in isolation tanks He takes so much that turns into a proto caveman ape from the beginning of time and physically manifests a goat to eat it Then he goes on a rampage and beats up a security guard and goes to hang out in a zoo Then he wakes up and tries it again but then turns into explosive white light and the black hole nothingness from the beginning of time But he later beats this because his wife gives him a hug then it got turned into an 80s movie The Homelanders (The Homelanders, ritual involving local hallucinogens for the purpose of inves So the author basically interviewed scientists for two years about whatever silliness and then wrote a book about a scientist going to South America to hang out with natives and take magic mushrooms that are the ultimate hallucinogen Then he eats a lizard while he trances out Then he synthesizes the compound and takes it while in isolation tanks He takes so much that turns into a proto caveman ape from the beginning of time and physically manifests a goat to eat it Then he goes on a Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. rampage and beats up a security guard and goes to hang out in a zoo Then he wakes up and tries it again but then turns into explosive white light and the black hole nothingness from the beginning of time But he later beats this because his wife gives him a hug then it got turned into an 80s movie

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Tigating the common religious experience Much of the setting of this part of the film also appears to be based on Artaud's description of the natural altho seemingly man made landscape of the people In the movie this was represented by huge stone mushrooms often called hoodoos attributed to the supernatura Paddy Chayefsky wrote only this one novel as well as the screenplay for the motion picture so both can be considered as mutually amplifyingI saw the movie when it came out and only read the book when years later I found a used copy of it for sale Frankly I preferred the movie partly for the Artaud inspired seuences partly because I expect less of a movie than of a bookAlthough inspired by Lilly s very real experiments with sensory deprivation and psychotropics the novel gets too far out in having a physical transformation seem to occur to the protagonist I can handle the suggestion of other dimensions of being and of the possibility of accessing them by such means but not the contravention of physical laws in this dimension


10 thoughts on “Altered States

  1. says:

    This is the spoiler free review of Altered States by Paddy Chayefsky If you would like to check out the spoiler full review

  2. says:

    I recently polled various groups on Google asking if they had read this Altered States seen the film both or neither The ma

  3. says:

    There's always a danger with writing a book about science that it will become outdated and too simple over time Fortunately Chayefsky skirts past it by using ancient science and ideas that have been around for a long time This was a fast read

  4. says:

    So the author basically interviewed scientists for two years about whatever silliness and then wrote a book about a scientist going to South America to hang out with natives and take magic mushrooms that are the ultimate hallucinogen Then he eats a lizard while he trances out Then he synthesizes the compound and takes it while in isolation tanks He takes so much that turns into a proto caveman ape from the beginning of time and physicall

  5. says:

    This book has a pretty curious spot in film history due to the clout of the author and the stubbornness of the chosen director Ken Russell Russell is a notoriously visual director while Chayefsky was a writer's writer The amount of research and love Chayefsky put into this book really shows It is a shame it was the only novel he ever wrote and doubly a shame considering the stress of the production is said to have put

  6. says:

    Urgent and practical prose bolstered with dialog that at times feels weighted with jargon while fully acknowledging the supremacy of story and at other times—stabs right into the heart of humanityThe story is driven by mankind’s mad singular all encompassing uest to break through the illusory perceptions of reality and discover what’s behind existence We follow the main character Eddie who serves as both

  7. says:

    Altered States is definitely a book of its time published 1978 The core is Man v Himself and I don't think Chayefsky would have made it as an SF author The story is well enough told simply not told well After 180 pages of the protagonist being a stereotypical not uite mad scientist who'll let nothing stand in the way of his research we learn love conuers all with only a few paragraphs documenting this transition I'm glad I read it

  8. says:

    Paddy Chayefsky wrote only this one novel as well as the screenplay for the motion picture so both can be consider

  9. says:

    Somewhere in here there's a story I want to know Its buried under mounds of useless technical detail translucent and cliched character development and a twist that is handled in such a ham fisted way that I nearly stopped the book completely with less than 50 pages left It really is a shame because the opening seuence to

  10. says:

    I loved this movie but was always so obsessed with Ken Russell the director I never took realised it was based on this great novel b

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