Human Is


TTHC 389: Manuscript received at SMLA Feb 2, 1953.            

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   To me, this story states my early conclusions as to what is human. I have not really changed my view since I wrote this story, back in the Fifties. It's not what you look like, or what planet you were born on. It's how kind you are. The quality of kindness, to me, distinguishes us from rocks and sticks and metal, and will forever, whatever shape we take, wherever we go, whatever we become. For me, "Human Is" is my credo. May it be yours. {PKD}


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Dear Terry,

    I am most beholden to you for the complete and satisfying letter regarding my collaboration with Ray (by the way: as to my story HUMAN IS. If you prefer not to include it, by all means don't. The judgement is up to you fellas at Ace, not to me; I was merely hoping. Assemble, from all that I sent, what you consider the best; okay? I'm sure I'll be pleased, even it it's the same story twelve times.

{...}

{PKD>Terry Carr, Nov 20, 1964}


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