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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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The Day Mr. Computer Fell Out of Its Tree

Story Background “The Day Mr. Computer Fell Out of Its Tree” was written in 1977, but not published in Dick’s lifetime. It appeared first in the Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. It can now be found in The Eye … Continue reading

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Stand-By

Story Background “Stand-By” was originally published in Amazing in October 1963. It can now be found in Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 323–338. Plot Summary Jim Briskin, news broadcaster, receives reports from the … Continue reading

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The Unreconstructed M

Story Background “The Unreconstructed M” was originally published in Science Fiction Stories in January 1957. It can now be found in Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 117–146. Plot Summary 1 – The small … Continue reading

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To Serve the Master

Story Background “To Serve the Master” was originally published in Imagination in February 1956. It can now be found in Second Variety and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 145–154. Plot Summary Applequist is walking across a … Continue reading

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The Last of the Masters

Story Background “The Last of the Masters” was published in Orbit Science Fiction in November–December 1954. It can be found in Second Variety and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick in pp. 75–97. Plot Summary Bors, a governing robot, … Continue reading

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