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The Cosmic Puppets (1957)

Introduction The Cosmic Puppets was originally published by Philip K. Dick 1957. Its plot centers on the mystery of a middle-aged man–Ted Barton–realizing that the town of his childhood has completely changed. As he investigates, he learns that the town … Continue reading

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Strange Memories of Death

Story Background “Strange Memories of Death” was originally published in Interzone in Summer 1984, over four years after it was received by Dick’s agent. It can now be found in The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by … 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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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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The Commuter

Story Background “The Commuter” was first published in Amazing in August-September 1953. Cited pages numbers come from We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick: Volume 2 (New York: Citadel), 129–139. Plot Summary A … Continue reading

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