Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges are gracing cinema screens at the moment in the Hollywood success K-Pax. But many wont be aware that the film is actually an adaptation of a novel by Gene Brewer.
Insanity and aliens, two staple themes of modern science fiction, form the heart of Brewers story. The plot of K-Pax centres around meetings between Prot—an enigmatic patient undergoing psychiatric treatment at the Manhattan Institute of Psychiatry—who believes he is an alien from the planet K-Paxand his psychiatrist, Dr Brewer—no, not the author.
Initially, Prot appears deluded and psychotic. But, as the plot develops, the readers certainty that Prot is not an extraterrestrial is gradually eroded as it becomes apparent that K-Pax is a real planet and that Prot has unusual physical attributes, such as being able to see ultraviolet light. Dr Brewer, never wavers, however, theorising that Prots dense, complex delusions are the result of