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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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Vulcan’s Hammer (1960)

Vulcan’s Hammer is one of Philip K. Dick’s least appreciated novels. Published between Time Out of Joint and The Man in the High Castle, readers have often pointed out that this novel is more like his earlier undeveloped tales than … Continue reading

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A Game of Unchance

Story Background “A Game of Unchance” was originally published in Amazing in July 1964. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 157–174. Plot Summary On Mars, … Continue reading

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Holy Quarrel

Story Background “Holy Quarrel” was originally published in Worlds of Tomorrow in May 1966. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 135–155. Plot Summary Expert computer … Continue reading

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Retreat Syndrome

Story Background “Retreat Syndrome” was originally published in Worlds of Tomorrow in January 1965. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 67–85. Plot Summary Caleb Myers, … Continue reading

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Precious Artifact

Story Background “Precious Artifact” was originally published in Galaxy in October 1964. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 53–65. Plot Summary Milt Biskle has just … Continue reading

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The War With the Fnools

Story Background “The War with the Fnools” was originally published in Galactic Outpost in the Spring 1964 issues. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 41–51. … Continue reading

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