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What’ll We Do With Ragland Park

Story Background “What’ll We Do With Ragland Park” was originally published in Amazing in November 1963. It can now be found in Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick on pp. 339–357. Plot Summary Sebastian Hada is … Continue reading

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Surface Raid

Story Background “A Surface Raid” was published in Fantastic Universe in July 1955. It can be found in We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. Volume 2 on pp. 155–170. Plot Summary Harl … Continue reading

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James P. Crow

Story Background “James P. Crow” was published in Planet Stories 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 … Continue reading

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Meddler

Story Background “Meddler” was first published in Future in its October 1954 issue. Page numbers come from Paycheck and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick (New York: Citadel Press), pp. 269–278. Plot Summary The technology called “The Dip” is … Continue reading

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The Variable Man

Story Background “The Variable Man” is a novella by Philip K. Dick, first published in Space Science Fiction in July 1953. Pages numbers come from Paycheck and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick (New York: Citadel Press), pp. 163–219. … Continue reading

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Short Essay: “Thomas Cole, the Variable Man: Humanism and Technology”

The 1953 novella, “The Variable Man,” came out early in Philip K. Dick’s career, even being sold before Dick had an agent. Despite being a product of Dick’s early career, it has an image of technology and its relationship to … Continue reading

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