By Philip K. Dick
“A psychedelic odyssey of hallucinations-within-hallucinations from which no reader emerges unscathed.”—Boston Globe
On Mars, the cruel weather can make any colonist flip to medicines to flee a dead-end life. particularly while the drug is Can-D, which interprets its clients into the idyllic international of a Barbie-esque personality named Perky Pat. while the mysterious Palmer Eldritch arrives with a brand new drug known as Chew-Z, he bargains a extra addictive event, person who could convey the consumer towards God. yet in a global the place everyone seems to be tripping, no offers might be taken at face worth.
This Nebula Award nominee is one among Philip okay. Dick’s enduring classics, right now a deep personality research, a dismal secret, and a tightrope stroll alongside the sting of fact and phantasm.
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The place do you want to move? " he persisted, then. "Mars? i'm going to guess. ok, then again to Terra. " Barney Mayerson, now not himself, acknowledged, "No. I left voluntarily; i used to be via; the top had come. " "Okay. now not Terra. let's have a look at. Hmmm. " He contemplated. "Prox," he acknowledged. "You've by no means visible the Prox procedure and the Proxers. i am a bridge, you recognize. among the 2 structures. they could come right here to the Sol procedure via me any time they want—and I permit them. yet i have never allowed them. yet how they're keen. " He chuckled. "They're virtually covered up. just like the kiddies' Saturday afternoon motion picture matinee. " "Make me right into a stone. " "Why? " Barney Mayerson acknowledged, "So i will not think. there is not anything for me anyplace. " "You do not even like being translated into one homogeneous organism with me? " No solution. "You can proportion my pursuits. i have lots of them, great ones—they make Leo's appear like airborne dirt and dust. " after all, he concept, Leo will kill me now not lengthy from now. at the least as time is reckoned outdoor of translation. "I'll acquaint you with one. A minor one. might be it will fireplace you up. " "I doubt it," Barney acknowledged. "I'm going to develop into a planet. " Barney laughed. "You imagine that is humorous? " He felt livid. "I imagine you are nuts. no matter if you are a guy or a specific thing from intersystem house; you are still from your brain. " "I have not explained," he acknowledged with dignity, "precisely what I intended while I acknowledged that. What I suggest is, i will be everybody on this planet. you recognize what planet i am conversing approximately. " "Terra. " "Hell no. Mars. " "Why Mars? " "It's—" He groped for the phrases. "New. Undeveloped. packed with power. i'll be the entire colonists as they come and start to dwell there. i will advisor their civilization; i will be their civilization! " No solution. "Come on. Say whatever. " Barney stated, "How come, if you happen to might be loads, together with a complete planet, i will not be even that plaque at the wall of my place of work at P. P. Layouts? " "Um," he acknowledged, disconcerted. "Okay, ok. you may be that plaque; what the hell do I care? Be whatever you want—you took the drug; you are entitled to be translated into no matter what pleases you. it isn't genuine, in fact. that is the fact. i am letting you in at the innermost mystery; it is a hallucination. What makes it appear actual is that sure prophetic elements get into the adventure, precisely as with desires. i have walked into and out of 1000000 of them, those so-called 'translation' worlds; i have noticeable all of them. and also you recognize what they're? they are not anything. Like a captive white rat feeding electrical impulses time and again to precise parts of his brain—it's disgusting. " "I see," Barney Mayerson acknowledged. "You are looking to finally end up in a single of them, understanding this? " After a time Barney acknowledged, "Sure. " "Okay! i'm going to make you a stone, positioned you by way of a beach; you could lie there and hear the waves for a number of million years. that should fulfill you. " You dumb jerk, he idea savagely. A stone! Christ! "Am I softened or whatever? " Barney requested, then; in his voice have been for the 1st time powerful overtones of doubt. "Is this what the Proxers sought after?