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Sunday February 11, 2018

The apparatus in the chest of the Electric Ant structures light. It gives birth to some objects while causing others to disappear. Dick calls this apparatus the Ant’s “reality-supply construct.” “Tampering with it would be risky,” he writes, “if not terminal.” Imagine the process whereby an avatar acquires knowledge of its player. 115 more words

The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin / *****

Even before her recent passing, I’ve known that my lack of experience with the works of Ursula K. Le Guin was a shortcoming I needed to rectify. 529 more words

Book Reviews

Some Thoughts on “Beyond the Door”

“Beyond the Door” is an intriguing science fiction story written by Philip K. Dick.  There is little science to be found in the story, yet at the surface level it still deals with mankind’s fears of anything manmade.  815 more words

Analysis

"Cadbury, the Beaver Who Lacked" -- Philip K. Dick

“Cadbury, the Beaver Who Lacked”

by

Philip K. Dick

Once, long ago, before money had been invented, a certain male beaver named Cadbury lived within a meager dam which he had constructed with his own teeth and feet, earning his living by gnawing down shrubs, trees and other growth in exchange for poker chips of several colors. 936 more words

Literature

Electric Dreams: "Crazy Diamond" (Hot Take)

After the previous episode, “Human Is”, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot for this episode, especially not after the description of some lonely man meeting– in these exact words– a femme fatale. 341 more words

Media Reviews

Ursula Le Guin: The Language of the Night

I’ve had this collection of essays for over thirty years, and finally dug them out to read after the death of the author, realising I’d never read anything other than her fiction. 426 more words

Fiction

Some thoughts on Philip K. Dick's The Simulacra

I am the kind of person who is happy to read a novel with weak characters and a weak plot if the ideas are still interesting. 554 more words

Literature