Category Archives: Alien Life

Philip K. Dick’s Philosophy of History: Part One

Part One: The Promise of the Frontier Not much has been written about Philip K. Dick’s philosophy of history as revealed in his fiction. On the one hand, this is surprising because from the beginning of his career Dick was … Continue reading

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The World Jones Made (1956)

The World Jones Made was published in 1956 and was part of his first batch of novels penned in the mid-1950s, including Vulcan’s Hammer (not published until 1960), Dr. Futurity, The Cosmic Puppets, and Solar Lottery. It is the first … Continue reading

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The Alien Mind

Story Background “The Alien Mind” was originally published in The Yuba City High Times in February 1981. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 385–387. Plot … Continue reading

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Rautavaara’s Case

Story Background “Rautavaara’s Case” was originally published in Omni in October 1980. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 375–383. Plot Summary Beings from Proxima report … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Sibyl

Story Background “The Eye of the Sibyl” was written in 1975 but was not published in Dick’s lifetime. It eventually found its way into The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. It can now be found in The Eye of … Continue reading

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The Story to End All Stories for Harlan Ellison’s Anthology Dangerous Visions

Story Background “The Story to End All Stories for Harlan Ellison’s Anthology Dangerous Visions” was originally published in Niekas in Fall 1968. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. … Continue reading

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Not By Its Cover

Story Background “Not By Its Cover” was originally published in Famous Science Fiction in Summer 1968. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 175–182. Plot Summary … Continue reading

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