The Electric Ant

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The Story To End All Stories For DANGEROUS VISIONS   Chronology A. Lincoln, Simulacrum

(1969 OCT): F & SF
(1969 OCT): F & SF

(1970): THE YEAR'S BEST SF #3, {ed.: Harrison, Aldiss} Sphere, pb,
(1970): BEST SF: 1969, {ed.: Harrison, Aldiss} Putnam's, hb, ?, $5.95
(1974): WINDOWS INTO TOMORROW, {ed.: Silverberg} Hawthorn, hb, $6.95
(1977): THE BEST OF PKD, Ballantine,  pb, 25359,
(1977): DECADE: THE 1960S, {ed.: Aldiss, Harrison} MacMillan, hb, L3.95,
(1979): THE ANDROIDS ARE COMING, {ed.: Silverberg} Elsevier-Nelson, hb, $7.95,
(1983): SPACE ODYSSEY, Octopus {Russian???}

  • (1984): ROBOTS, ANDROIDS AND MECHANICAL ODDITIES
(1984): ROBOTS, ANDROIDS AND MECHANICAL ODDITIES

(1984): MACHINES THAT THINK {ed.: Asimov,Greenberg,Warrick} Holt, Rhinehart & Winston
(1987): THE LITTLE BLACK BOX/THE EYE OF THE SIBYL
(1991): WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE {Grafton edition only}

Wote for your Fave PKD story!  Best Story (for its formal perfection, and in so well displaying Phil's characteristic themes and strengths): "The Electric Ant." -- Gregg Rickman, CA


Levack    91

   Again the theme: How much of what we call 'reality' is actually out there or rather within our own head? The ending of this story has always frightened me ... the image of the rushing wind, the sound of emptiness. As if the character hears the final fate of the world itself. {PKD}


BGSU Papers

{This letter}Requests a short story to be published in the 20th anniversary issue (Oct 1969) of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. {Edward L. Ferman > PKD, 2 Nov 1968}

BGSU Papers

Dear Marcia,

    This letter is in answer to Ed Ferman's request that I do a short story for the twentieth anniversary issue of F&SF. I would very much like to, and I hope you will tell Mr. Ferman this. However, I won't be able to get to it right away ... but I am sure it will be done by the April first deadline.

    F&SF is a fine magazine and published some of my best stories. Also, it was the first magazine to buy a story from me; F&SF launched me on my career as a professional writer. So I very much want to do this... despite the fact that I have not done any magazine-length material for several years.

    Thank Mr. Ferman for his request, and thank you, too, for passing it along to me. I'm sure the issue will be excellent.

Cordially

Philip K. Dick

{PKD > Marcia M. Howell, SMLA, 11-15-1968}


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