Category Archives: Suburbia

The Man Who Japed

Introduction The Man Who Japed was published in 1956 and is Dick’s second science fiction novel, after Solar Lottery. It was originally published by Ace Books, in a volume with E. C. Tudd’s The Space Born. This was a common … Continue reading

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The Pre-Persons

Story Background “The Pre-Persons” was originally published in Fantasy & Science Fiction in October 1974. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 275–296. Plot Summary Walter … Continue reading

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Days of Perky Pat

Story Background “The Days of Perky Pat” was originally published in Amazing in December 1963. It can now be found in Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 301–321. This is his third story published … Continue reading

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Service Call

Story Background “Service Call” was originally published in Science Fiction Stories in July 1955. It can now be found in Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 21–36. Plot Summary David Courtland, a researcher director … Continue reading

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Foster, You’re Dead

Story Background “Foster, You’re Dead” was originally published in Star Science Fiction Stories in 1955. It can now be found in Second Variety and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 221–237. Plot Summary Mike Foster, as always, … Continue reading

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Sales Pitch

Story Background “Sales Pitch” was published in Future in June 1954. It can be found in Second Variety and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick in pp. 175–187. See Dick’s comments on this story in the same volume on … Continue reading

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Small Town

Story Background “Small Town” was published in Amazing in May 1954. I read it in We Can Remember It For Your Wholesale: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick: Volume 2. It can be found there on pages 341–353. Plot … Continue reading

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