[FoRK] FORK: Expletive,
as in "What the fork?" [68DADO] or "fork off" [64SIMA].
Joseph S. Barrera III
joe at barrera.org
Thu Mar 18 13:58:31 PST 2004
FoRK'd for posterity.
Fun game: let's all write posts containing at least 15 PKDisms.
This page was last updated on 18 Dec 1998.
This is a glossary of terms used by Philip K Dick (hereafter referred to
as PKD). The description of each term is based on my (or someone else's)
best guess at the meaning, with opinions, criticisms, bad jokes etc.
Hopefully this approach will keep the thing interesting, instead of it
being just a dry, dusty description of words that PKD used. It could be
argued that some of the words here are not exclusive to PKD, but I've
included them because I think he put a spin on the usual meaning. What
I'm trying to achieve is an overview of the ideas that Dick grappled
with- all of them, even the silly/trivial ones- via the terms that he
used to label them.
I'd be grateful if you'd mail me at
sjh at minster.york.ac.uk
with any new difinitions, additions or corrections to my definitions.
I'll try to expand definitions wherever possible, but obviously this'll
take time, so apologies for definitions like "an alien". Please return
to this page often- it'll get more interesting as it develops! In fact,
it already has.
To save my blunt and bloody fingers, I've found it necessary to provide
a reference section so I don't keep having to type out the full title of
a PKD work. References to works where a term is used are represented by
a code inside square brackets. A number refers to the year the work was
first published (corrections with proof gratefully received), followed
by a sensible four-letter reduction of the title of the work. I'm trying
to give brief descriptions of each story I refer to - but sometimes I
ramble on a bit!
I have recently accquired an earlier attempt at a Dicktonary by Al Tutt.
Al actually sent this to a publisher, so you can but wonder at the hours
he put in to it! I have now begun to type this in. To see how far I've
got with my transcription of Al's work, click here.
Please note that due to the sheer amount of work involved in cataloguing
all of PKD's stuff, I'll soon be splitting this work up into two chunks:
the page you are reading now will be renamed THE BLACK DICKTIONARY and
continue to act as a repository for any definitions I receive via
e-mail. I intend to have another page, which I shall call THE GOLDEN
, which will contain more detailed terms from what I consider to be
PKD's most creative period of writing. This latter page will be all my
own work, by which ye shall know me. I'm doing this partly to motivate
me to finish the interesting bit of what I started and partly to give
the whole project a bit more definition - since fragments of PKD works
are still to be published or hard to find.
AGE OF WASTE: The time before the war in [56JAPE]. Note that Mr Spock
refers to the 20th century in this way in the film Star Trek IV.
ALBEMUTH: [85RAFA]: To quote PKD: 'In a previous "dream" (truly, a
vision experience) I saw the mysterious word ALBEMUTH. Maybe I mentioned
this. They let me take a crack at decoding it on my own. Here's what I
got: Al is a common prefix for star names, it being from the Arabic
meaning "the." So ALBEMUTH is a star. "albe" is close to "alba" which is
L. for "white." So we have "the white." The star we call FOMALHAUT means
"Whale's Mouth." "Muth" is close in sound to "mouth." MOBY-DICK was
called "The great white whale." So ALBEMUTH means "the great white way,"
which is "Broadway," so it can be finally decyphered as: "The Milky
Way." Or. "A star in the Milky Way." Formalhaut is in the Pisces
Constellation. Pisces means "fish." The fish sign was the original
secret sign of the Christians. Thus ALBEMUTH is a cypher for Jesus.' Not
much more to say about this other than it makes no sense at all. Surely
no one would find this "deciphering" very convincing -- perhaps not even
Phil. It looks like he must have already decided that "ALBEMUTH" did
mean "JESUS" and then constructed this bogus logic to reach that answer.
If you are prepared to root through three separate and dissimilar
languages (Arabic, Latin and English -- not to mention American slang)
you can ultimately reach any conclusion you want. Incidentally, the
English word "mouth" actually derives from the Old English word "muth."
Phil must have missed that bit of historical linguistic lore. Probably
used an abridged dictionary.
ANDERSON THEORY: Identifies each sub-form of 'phrenia with a sub-form of
religion. The primary form is heliocentric (sun worship), where the sun
is seen as the patients father. Other forms include Magna mater
ANDROID: An artificial human [55SOLO]. In [68DADO] they are used by
humans as slave labor on other planets. Sometimes they escape and get
down to Earth where they are killed by bounty hunters. Technology is so
advanced that the only distinguishing feature of androids compared to
humans is that they are (supposedly) not able to empathize with others.
ANT TANK: Vast underground container, acting as a refuge from nuclear
holocaust, the ant part is a contraction of antiseptic: [64PENT]
AQUASOMA 3: A previous polyencephalic world, where we were all
dolphin-like mammals in warm seas. Not at all like Delmak-O: [70MAZE]
ARTIFORG: An artificial organ. When mentioned in [64PENT], they are no
longer made and are therefore reserved for the top brass in the
government. In [66NWLY], they usually insert themselves. People can live
for two hundred years with artiforgs- like Virgil Ackerman, who was born
(like PKD) in the late 1920's but is still alive when Dr Sweetscent
travels forward in time to 2155.
ARTIGRAFT:[55SOLO] covers burn scars
ASSASSIN:[55SOLO] Chosen by the Challenge Convention, their job is to
murder the Quizmaster. If an assasin succeeds he gets 1 million gold
dollars and the "applause and acclamation of a whole cvilization". Men
only can apply.
ATRONIC:[55SOLO] a different sort of power to electronic
AUTOFAC: fully automated factory in [55AFAC]. You also find autofac
rockets and stores in [56JAPE].
AUTONOMIC: After the autonomic nervous system; It means Intelligent. PKD
used it to describe a range of things, e.g. In [69UBIK], there's an
autonomic pharmacy. I think that PKD only used autonomic where
(sometimes a very low level of) intelligence is implied. But that's only
my opinion. There was an interesting article in New Scientist recently
(1995?), where if the 'right' amount of noise is introduced to
artificial neural networks, they become capable of creative thought.
Phil set his stories in worlds where science had defined such vague
concepts as intelligence and creativity, worked out how to bottle such
things, and put them into machines. [65STIG]
BAG PLAGUE: Non - existent biological weapon invented by the Yance-men
to prevent the masses from leaving their ant tanks. Symptoms: "those
viruses get in and cause your head to expand until it pops like a blown
up paper bag": [64PENT]
BATHED:[55SOLO] affected by radiation
BILTONG: A creature which "prints" or copies any item [56PAPR]. Such
creatures exist (but might not have the same name) in [65STIG], but the
only thing they can't copy is the skin of a certain fungus, which has to
be used as money. Similar unicellular creatures are mentioned in
[66NWLY], where they are the principal means of mass production used by
the Tijuana Fur and Dye Co.
BLOBEL: Unicellular organism from Callisto. [64OBLO]
BLOOP: thrill? [69UBIK]
BLUE CEPHALOPOD MAN: A super-hero-genre comic book that turns out to be
the source of advanced weapons design: [67ZAPG]
BOTTLE: Twitched to select the number of a power card, the owner of
which becomes Quizmaster. Twitched at regular intervals unless a new
Quizmaster is needed. Not really a bottle, but a complex mechanism based
on Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle - the movement of subatomic
particles, using a Plimp board. It's a "socialised instrument of
chance", and part of the whole M-Game. The botle chooses random
individuals at random intervals. [55SOLO]
BRAIN BASHER: Psychoanalyst in [66NWLY]
BSR:[55SOLO] Bad Security Risk.
BUILDING: Ominous structure that exists outside the colonists' compound
in [70MAZE]. It's grey and large - a cube almost with odd spires from
heat sources. There's activity (machinery) within - "a factory?". Tiny
animated replicas of the building invade the compound, projecting tiny
cannons and firing beams. When looked at under a microscope, these
miniatures are inscribed "made at Terra 35082R". The real building is
protected by a decoy phantasm device- If you don't approach it, it
reveals itself. There's a sign above the door that entices the reader
in. Susie Smart thinks the sign says WHIPPERY. Seth Morely ready WINERY
- a wine tasting room. Maggie Walsh reads WITTERY - a room of absolute
knowledge. Wade Fraser reads STOPPERY - where the mentally ill are
"stopped". Mary Morley (Seth's spiteful wife) reads WITCHERY - where
control of people through formulas and incantations are learnt. Ignatz
Thugg reads HIPPERY HOPPERY - "where people hop onto animals for
youknowwhat". Betty Jo Berm reads MEKISSERY - mekkis is the hittite word
for power - the font of the universe. Each reader believes that only
he/she should enter - the others wouldn't understand. Seth Morley
suspects later that the building is an asylum that they all escaped from
(but that would be too much like [64CLAN]). It seems that the building
is the major manifestation of the unease among the ships crew. It wasn't
designed into Delmak-O deliberately. That's why it has all these
dream-like qualities associated with it. As Delmak-O disintegrates, Seth
Moley sees everyone returning to the building, (and therefore their own
psychoses?), but the building disintegrates before they enter, just as
they are crossing a river. I expected the role of the building to be
explained in more depth later in the book, but it's just described as
the Boeing plant on Proxima 10 where the Persus 9 was built, and where
the crew boarded it. I suspect that PKD originally planned to make more
of it than that.
C-80: The new Australian rocket in [68WEBY]
C-PLUS:[55SOLO] faster than light.
CAN-D: Halluciogenic drug in [65STIG]
CAPTAINKIRK: a pop entertainment (e.g., a TV show) with an adventure or
CEPHALOCHROMOSCOPE: (Cephscope). An electronic gadget equipped with a
screen upon which graphical, coloured representations of the user's
thoughts and brain patterns are displayed. The purpose is to bring the
user into a relaxing and pleasurable state of mind. Cephscopes are very
expensive and considered as valuable household objects. Altec Corp. is
the main manufacturer. [77SCAN]
CHALLENGE CONVENTION:[55SOLO] A means of challenging the quizmaster that
needs to be set up to select a new assassin. The rule is "one assassin
at a time, chosen by public convention" - or a violation has to be
proved. You can arrange conventions to name the assassin of your choice.
Teeps find out every strategy - they discover you as soon as you begin
playing - so they force you to act randomly. Assasins lose the M-Game to
teeps because there are 80 teeps to one assassin - even so occasionally
an assassin wins. If you break the rules of the Convention you're out of
the game for life.
CHEW-Z: Halluciogenic drug in [65STIG]
CHILD GUIDANCE CLINIC: [55SOLO] brain-washing school
COHORTS: The male descendants of Major Strieter, the founder of morec in
[56JAPE]. humourless, devout as machines, dressed in drab khaki, they
have a vague police-like role.
COMMERCIALS: Mechanical flies that the ads agencies release in [64SIMA].
They buzz out high-pitched adverts, or try to before people destroy them
by swatting them, shooting them or stepping on them. Interesting idea,
commercials as physical pests. They tend to be able to squeeze into
people's personal spaces, though car windows, doors and so on. One of
the characters in [64SIMA] develops a psychotic episode in which he
believes he has a terrible body odor which nearly debilitates him after
hearing one of these commercials.
CONAPT: A condominium-type apartment: [69UBIK]
CONTROLLED FUGUE THERAPY: Where you are given halluciogenic drugs to
induce a psychotic break and give libido fulfillment. The fugal period
is then reduced with the eventual goal of removing the need for it
CORTO-THIAMIN CAPSULES: A Pick-me-up for a hangover in [56JAPE]
CREEPER:[55SOLO] awry "if something goes creeper"
CUBBY: Short for a cubicle in an ANT TANK :[64PENT].
CURSE: In [70MAZE], according to Specktowsky, "we are prisoners of our
own preconceptions and expectations". This is a condition of the Curse
in the theology of the book. The Intercessor will release us from this
condition (see that entry for more).
DARK-HAIRED GIRL: PKD is supposed to have an obsession with a
"dark-haired girl", supposed by some to be his dead twin sister or an
amalgam of his wives, or the particular appearence of girls that PKD was
attracted to. It's odd that this philosophical writer was attracted to
"Dark haired girls" regardless of their personality - is this why DHGs
are often spiteful evil and unpredictable?. I've not read of any
instances where PKD says "yes, I put dark-haired girls in my books when
I want a character based on..." though. In [56JAPE] we see a brief early
DHG as Gretchen Malparto. In [64WDMS], the DHG is the grand-daughter of
a dead man who's ghostly thoughts are picked up by a radio telescope.
She is an ex-drug addict who had a near-death experience herself. In
[68WEBY] it's Pris Frauenzimmer, a particularly dark DHG, who loathes
Luois Rosen, her besotted admirer who even hallucinates about her. In
[77SCAN], the DHG is Donna the drug dealer, whom Bob Arctor loves but is
"too ugly" to have a hope with. Donna steals everything she can lay her
hands on and finds ingenious ways of making money from her thefts.
DAY OF AUDIT: The final period of time in Specktowsky's theology, in
which the heavens roll back and all creatures are reconciled with the
original Deity from whose unity of being everything has come: [70MAZE]
DELMAK-O: Planet on which the main events of [70MAZE] took place. Later
in the novel, we find that it is really Terra. Still later we find that
the name was made up by drawing random letters from the ship's computer.
DICKSON REPORT: An examination of an encephalogram in [56JAPE]
DILAPIDATED: Said of Louis Rosen's Special-birth brother Chester, who
can't answer questions, but is damn fine with his hands [68WEBY]
DINGLING: Fiddling [69UBIK]
DIRECTORATE:[55SOLO] vague civil service that the Quizmaster is in charge of
DODDS PRESSURE SUIT: old type of space suit in [55SOLO] - can puncture
on sharp rocks. replaced by Farley suits.
DOMINO METHOD: People believe what the group believes - therefore
everyone behaves how the leader does. But one man who originated an idea
would foul it up [56JAPE]
E THERAPY: Stimulates Kresy's gland in [65STIG]
EDUFACTURE: Instructional pastimes for the individual (c.f. Juggle for
the group) in the morec society of [56JAPE]. To keep idle hands occupied.
ELECTRIC ANT: A simulacric robot that is controlled by a reality
punch-tape, not necessarily aware that it isn't human. But if you alter
the tape, who knows whose reality you will alter.. [69EANT].
EMPATHY BOX: A device used to merge with MERCER :[68DADO]
ENCEPHALOTROPIC FLOATING ANTIPERSONNEL MINE: ..,Japanese made,
all-transistorised, is how Louis Rosen thought of his .38 pistol when
threatening to shoot Sam Barrows in [68WEBY]. Barrows checked and found
out that the Coast Army Arsenal actually had such a thing, and wondered
how Rosen got hold of one. It homes in on your (unique) brain-waves..
ERG GUN: Gun of unspecified working: [70MAZE]
FINAL WAR:[55SOLO] last nuclear war
FAMNEXDO: To keep emigrants to Mars from going batty in their
near-isolation, they take "famnexdo"s with them. Famnexdos are family
replicas made of simulacra i.e., Family Next Door. The term appears in
[64SIMA], but the idea crops up again in [68WEBY]
FARLEY SUIT:[55SOLO] a bulky space suit
FLAME DISC:[55SOLO] 10th planet in our system. Also a book by Preston.
It glows green with radioactive minerals, orbits at twice the dstance of
pluto. The Voices say flame disc was carried across to the sol system by
them -> an anomaly
FLAPPLE: A personal flying machine. Sometimes they are AUTONOMIC,
sometimes they aren't. Described in [64PENT] as "fruit-fly like". Gives
rise to such terms as "disemplappled".
FLURK: Expletive, as in "Flurk off, Zafsky!" [69UBIK]
FOODHEAD: Shithead. In [67COCW], where we eat our turds through our
arses, we shit out food from our mouths.
FORK: Expletive, as in "What the fork?" [68DADO] or "fork off" [64SIMA].
FORM DESTROYER: The evil god in the theology of [70MAZE]. Entropy is his
"method". The FD was called into being ("awakened") by God's act of
creation. He entered the universe and hence time to corrupt it so that
it was no longer the image of the Mentufacturer. It's not made clear
whether FD is an aspect of god, or was self-creating. Tony Dunklewelt
saw the FD in his trances, and clamed that there was a god-above-god
that included the FD as well as the three conventional forms of god. The
FD is absolutely-not-god, but since this is a form of being and god
contains all being, god EQUALS not-god. woo.
FRAB: term of affection such as in "Hi, you old knurlheaded frab.": [64PENT]
FRIPPING: Expletive [67COCW].
FURBLE: does it mean to come up with a clumsy inelegant solution to a
technical problem? kind of like kludge? Its like a combination of fumble
and burble and fudge.
GANYMEDIAN SLIME MOULD: An intelligent being in [64CLAN], but a
component of a tape recorder in [64SIMA]. Of course, it might not be the
same SPECIES of mould.... ?[69GAPH]
GANYMEDIAN TOAD: "So beautiful with it's shining flame and long smooth
GETABOUT: Small car in [56JAPE]. holds four people at a push. Steered by
a tiller, the motor is steam-driven.
GLIM:[55SOLO] to realize or detect the presence of "have they glimmed on
GLIMMUNG: An alien [69GAPH]
GLOONK: Snooper? term of derision in [69UBIK]
GNOFF-HIDE: Fabric in [65STIG]
GOB: In [76DEUS], this was the "Great Objectless Bomb" designed by
Carelton Lufteufel. Used in WWIII, this bomb detonated high in the
atmosphere, spreading vast amounts of lethal radiation across entire
continents. "Lufteufel" is German. "Luft" is "air", and "teufel" is
"devil". "Lufteufel" may be an "airdemon", but it is not to be intended
as an "air elemental", more of a winged beast, a "demonic dragon".
GOD-WORLD: planet where "non-humanoid quasi-biological ultra-sentient"
life forms live - so advanced that we think of them as gods. Prayers in
[70MAZE] were spread via the god-worlds to the Deity (even though it
makes no sense because The Deity doesn't live on god-worlds).
GRAPPLE BEAMS:[55SOLO] used to guide cars to the ground from the air
GRASSED: Slang usage for being intoxicated: [70OFFF]
GREEN PEACH HAT: misnomer for Gracious Prospect Heights - one of the
greatest multiple-unit housing developments in the Pacific north west.
[68WEBY]. Is it a coincidence that Galactic Pot Healer has the same
GRUNK: Term of derision in [69UBIK]
GUBBLE, GUBBISH: The accelerated entropy or rotting that Manfred Steiner
saw in [64MATS]
HALF-LIFE: In [64WDMS] and [69UBIK]. When you die, it's not the end. If
you are placed in cold-pac, the death throes of your brain can be picked
up by the living, allowing you to communicate. Since your brain signals
decay after death, you only have a limited amount of time in half-life,
but this time can be spun out if you are revived for communication rarely.
HEBE: Hebephrenia [68WEBY]
HILL: A separate economic unit - like an empire. There are five:
Oiseau-Lyre; Farben (in Berlin); Westinghouse; Imperial; and Soong (in
HOMEOPAPE: A newspaper that filters the news so it only shows what you
are interested in- these are beginning to exist now in the form of web
robots. There's a good description of what Phil imagined a homeopape to
be in [69UBIK]. Along with many SF predictions, there are anachronisms
in the way the thing operates. The homeopape asks you what you want to
read about. (the forefront of our technology), and then prints it on
paper. It's obvious that this was written before PCs were common.
HOMOSIMULACRIC: In the manner of an android. Appears in [69UBIK] even
though there are no Simulacra in the novel.
HOPPER POPPER:[55SOLO] a big popper
HUBRIZINE: (from the latin "hubris"?) a drug that stimulates the
anterior portion of the spetal region of the brain, increasing the
alertness, cheerfulness and belief that everything will be OK in the
taker. Approximates a setting on the Hammerstein Mood Organ (but more
intense, since mood organ effects are restricted by law) close to the
opening of Beethovens 16th quartet. "I can almost hum this drug" says
Louis Rosen in [68WEBY].
IDENT-PAPE: identification papers [65STIG]
INERTIAL: Another name for an anti-psi. One who cancels out psionic
ability in another. Inertials are usually members of Prudence
INTERCESSOR: A part of the polyencephalic theology of [70MAZE]. He is a
Manifestation of the Deity that can stand in for us collectively. The
Intercessor arose as a result of the struggle between the Deity and the
Form Destroyer, which took place over a very long time. The Intercessor
offered himself as sacrifice by which The Curse could be partially
nullified. This satisfied the Deity that this manifestation of Himself
had been a partial victory. The Deity died and re-manifested himself to
indicate that he had overcome the curse and hence death. Having done
this, he moved up through concentric circles back to God himself. Since
then, everything's happened so fast. Now that we are in the Specktowsky
period it's easy to contact one of the Manifestations - this time is
different from the first 2000 years since the Intercessor appeared. The
Curse is lifted through him - we are released from our world and
condition and see reality as it really is, without the modes of
perception of space and time. In Maggie Walsh's
post-polyencephalic-death hallucination, the Intercessor flutters up
from the hell-world and Maggie drifts away from the red smoky lights of
the "wrong wombs", carried by the warm wind of the Intercessor to a
powerful flickering yellow light. The Intercessor is the only
Manifestation to appear in the real world, not the polyencephalic
construct in which most of the events of the novel take place. He
appears to Seth Morely as he is about to kill himself and takes Seth
away to be a desert plant, asleep but "aware of the sun and myself". I
suppose the hint here is that the theology that was invented for
Delmak-O is the theology of the real world.
IPVIC: Inter-Plan Visual Industries Corporation: monopoly that controls
all aud and vid communications [55SOLO].
JAPE: to take the piss out of - to make fun of a stale theme. When a
theme is harped on too much, you get parody. [56JAPE]
JJ-180: A highly addictive drug, the nature of which alters throughout
[66NWLY]. Early in the novel, it makes you feel like you are in control
of objects; you 'know' them well and they serve you. As the drug wears
off this control reverts to how you are normally, and then things starts
to get heavy and unfamiliar. You can't pick things up . It is first
taken by Kathy Sweetscent, wife of Eric Sweetscent. The supposed
manufacturer of the drug changes as well. At first, it is supposed to be
Made by Tijuana Fur and dye Co, but then it could be made by the Reegs.
Then we suspect that Kathy was given the drug by secret agents from
Lillistar. It turns out in the end that it was made on earth as a weapon
AGAINST Lillistar. It is designed as a poison and was intended to be put
in the water supply. It is addictive after a single exposure, causing
damage to the liver and bloodstream that cannot be cured by artiforg
replacement. Later in the book JJ-180 becomes a means of traveling in
time, and still later we find that it allows the user to travel to
parallel universes as well.
JUGGLE: Unspecified game in [56JAPE]
JUVENILES: Electronic snoopers that spy on ordinary folk in the Morec
society of [56JAPE]. 1.5 feet long, they scuttle along the ground and
walls at ferocious speed - they are oddly referred to as a species. They
whirr as they surrender their tapes to committee representatives. The
idea is that they only report what they see, so you are safe from
hysterical heresay, malice and paranoia. But when you are caught, there
is certainty about your actions - it is up to the courts to decide
whether those actions were criminal.
KIPPLE: The physical and emotional junk in the lives and households of
Deckard and Jack Isadore in [68DADO]. It builds up so much it almost
smoothers Deckard, so he is forced to deal with all this kipple - his
attitude to androids; his views on electric sheep; his wife; Mercerism -
and either overcome it, or succumb to it. Note, however, that it's the
intrusion of Roy Baty into his life which forces this action and self
examination upon him. This theme pops up again for example in [66NWLY];
Here Dr. Eric Sweetscent is also under a pile of kipple, especially in
relation to his wife and relationship to his employer. The novel in some
ways is his journey to remove this kipple from his life, again forced
upon him by the intrusion of President Molinari into his life. Kipple is
also mentioned more flippantly in [69GAPH]. Joe Fernwright is on the
shore of Mare Nostrum, where Glimmung is submerged and possibly dead.
Phrases idly run through Joe's head: "Do you like Yeats?" "I don't know,
I've never had any." "Do you like Kipling?" "I don't know, I've never
kippled." This is in reference to the ancient cartoon ( early 1900s New
Yorker?), one of the most popular cartoons of all time. And in [70MAZE]:
"I'll pile her stuff outside and then get mine aboard. I'm under no
mandate to load her kipple". James Tiptree Jr. has also used the term.
KR-3: In [74FLOW], KR-3 is an experimental drug which disables the
"time-binding" and "space-binding" functions of the human brain. This
can result in the radical alteration of reality - and not just the
reality of the user. It's possible for someone to take the drug and
place somone esle in another reality.
KRESY'S GLAND: Human gland which controls the rate of evolution in [65STIG]
L-CHANNEL:[55SOLO] literal channel. TV channel watched by the unks
LAND-O-SMILES: A brand of hash cigarette in [62HICA].
LIFE-PROTEK: Mechanism that keeps you alive while you're in
polyencephalic doodah: [70MAZE]
LOCK ON:[55SOLO] act of giving/recieving an oath
LOONEY LUKE: discount space ship shark in [64SIMA].
M-GAME:[55SOLO] minimax game; Minimax is the method of surviving the
great game of life - invented by 20th century mathematicians Von Neumann
and Morgenstern. The method was used in WWII, Korea and the Final War
and became the basis of government in 2.5 centuries. It places great
emphasis on the Aristotlean Golden Mean. Social situations are analogous
to strategy games like poker. So a system for poker will work like a
system for society. If you act randomly, you avoid acting foolishly
under the deception of your opponents. You can then use regular
statistical methods to succeed. Opponents are then forced to give up
deception and adopt a rational proceedure. There are two parts to the
M-Game:[55SOLO] The Bottle and the Challenge Convention.
MACMILLAN ROBOT:[55SOLO] MacMillan did basic stuff on robots and created
witless hulks - glorified vacuum cleaners, stoves and dumb waiters - big
string things to lift stuff so the unks can lie down and sleep
(MacMillan was pro-unk) - no more unk slaves and labourers. e.g.
MacMillan taxis "all right sir or madam" - not capable of fine
descrimination. waiters, newsmachines and heavy duty weapons can all be
of the MacMillan type. An early description of Autonomic?
MAGNA MATER SCHIZOPHRENIA: A type of 'phrenia according to Anderson
theory where the embodiment of your consciousness is projected out onto
the cosmos, where it is perceived and worshiped. Louis Rosen's fixation
with Pris Frauenzimmer is the result of such an illness. So-called after
the great female deity cults of the Mediterranean at the time of the
Mycenaean civilization, examples of which are Ishtar, Cybele, Attis,
Athene and the virgin Mary. [68WEBY]
MASS-MAN: Mass-manufactured [68WEBY]
MARTIAN ROOT BUZZARD: Bones of which choked Seth Morley's greedy and
mendacious tom cat: [70MAZE].
McHESTON ACT: Unspecified law which makes it necessary for compulsory
testing for mental illness because "a truly psychotic individual could
on his own never seek aid" [68WEBY]
MEKKIS: Ganymedian worm and ruler of the Bale of Tenessee in [67GANY].
See the entry on the Building for a possible source of the word.
MENTUFACTURER: another part of the Deity in [70MAZE], responsible for
brining the universe into being and starting time in motion. Address a
prayer to him if you want to roll back time and take a different path.
Cause of coming into being unknown, but Specktowsky claimed that the
Mentufacturer was self-creating, existing out of time and causality. A
condensation of "firmament" and "manufacturer" ?
MERCER: An entity that humans "merge" with using an empathy box. By
showing that they are able to empathize with another person, they also
show that they are not androids. The grim gag here is that to prove you
are human, you have to empathize with a machine.[68DADO]
METHANE GALE:[55SOLO] A drink from Callisto, which has a methane
atmosphere. A sort of amber coloured whisky. Made by 1000's of slaves
MIN: to miniaturize anything. Lots of spy-type devices are often minned
in PKD books
MOOD ORGAN: [68DADO]. Developed from the brain-mapping of the mid-1960s
and the discoveries about the mid-brain (hypothalamus) and
depth-electrode techniques of Penfield, Jacobson & Olds. The keys of the
organ trigger off different depth-electrodes in the hypothalamus,
allowing ones mood to be adjusted artificially - and even to produce
entirely new emotions. The Hammerstein Mood Organ and the Waldteufel
Euphoria are just such instruments, and render the conventional musical
organs obsolete in [68WEBY].
MORATORIUM: where half-lifers are kept in [69UBIK]
MOREC: or Moral Reclamation; the delivery of moral messages and the
basis of the morality of society in [56JAPE].
MOUTH-HOLE: In [67COCW], where time flows backwards, this expletive is
the equivalent of our "Asshole". Think about it. See also FOODHEAD.
MUTED:[55SOLO] (Deliberately) mutated
NANNY: A robot attendant that protects children like a huge mechanical
dog. Originally from the short story [55NANN], which is obliquely
referred to in [68WEBY] as appearing in the fictional magazine Thrilling
NEBBISH: Unstylish "..nebbish clothes that Mary's collected in her
jay-bird manner. Selecting whatever bright and gaudy"[70MAZE]. In
[68WEBY], a nebbish is "..just another flunky type..you see in downtown
business sections of every city in the US".
NEGATIVE HALLUCINATION: When you don't see something that's actually
NEXUS-6: The most sophisticated android available in [68DADO]. Rush out
and get some for YOUR off-world mine...
NEUTROLOGICS: higher-order cogitative methods used by the evolved
NewMen. Beyond comprehension of Unusuals, Under Men and Old Men. So
NOOSE: Contraction of Neuro Psychiatric. An inhabitant of Other World in
NOSER: Cheap pod-like spacecraft (and handy plot device) that only
carries enough fuel for one-way trips. There's one called the "Morbid
Chicken" in [70MAZE].
NULL-LEGGED PLASTIC TABLE:[55SOLO] swanky piece of furniture
NURT: Expletive in [69UBIK]
OCCIFER: Joel Smith was tickled to find that the police title is
"Occifer". This is definitely not a typo and pops up frequently. [70OFFF]
OPERATION 50 MINUTES: The name of the project to rehabilitate the
colonists of the Alphane moon. So - called because American
psychiatrists in the '50's and '60's used to charge an hourly rate for a
fifty minute session: [64CLAN].
OPTUS: Martian trader in [52BWUB]. Wears a cloak that Captain Franco
steps on in an early bit of slapstick.
OSTRICHES: loonies who remain on the planet-wide "aviary" of earth,
"shut up in the sand-pile because they can't take the pressure of
emigrating from the planet": [70MAZE]
OTHER WORLD: The off-world sanitarium of the health resort in [56JAPE],
on Vega 4. It is the antithesis of the morec society.
PAC-PEOP: Pacific peoples? one side in the war that preceeded the events
PELLIG-THING:[55SOLO] the android Keith Pellig, young, thin, blonde. An
assassin picked by the convention. Controlled remotely by a group of
people and switches randomly from person to person so that teeps can't
follow him. (when all minds leave, Pellig is a vegetable) A single
person can only run Pellig for 2 hours - then claustrophobia sets in.
You have to be hooked up to implementation machinery. Has a thumb-gun -
fires energy on a heat beam principle. Can fly and travel in deep space.
The personality twitch isn't random so Moore can decide who is inside
Pellig when he dies.
PERSUS 9: The stranded ship in [70MAZE]. Each crew member is tatooed
with this name somewhere on their bodies - I dunno why.
PHENOLBARB DISPENSER:[55SOLO] drop a dime in one for a sedative.
PHRENIA: Schizophrenia [68WEBY]
PIZZLED: An inebriated state of some sort that loosens up one's wallet.
You can get pizzled on papapot [69UBIK], or by "pizzling away at the
PLASTI-CUBE:[55SOLO] device for preserving corpses
PLIMP BOARD:[55SOLO] Pocket-sized boards which turn up random
combinations by which any complexity of decision can be made. Used in
the bottle and by assassins.
POLYENCEPHALIC FUSION: A sort of communal virtual reality. Used for
recreational purposes: [70MAZE]
POOP: crazy "what is this poop place?": [70MAZE]
POPPER:[55SOLO] Unspecified form of Gun
POSCRED: A monetary unit in [69UBIK]
POWER CARD:[55SOLO] A sort of lottery ticket given to everyone on the
planet. If your's is selected by the bottle, you become Quizmaster.
There is a 1 in six billion chance of a p-card coming up. You give it up
when you take a fealty oath to a Hill, but it must be returned if an
oath is severed from above. Unks either give p-cards to Hills or sell
them on the black market for 2 dollars. You lose your power card if you
assasinate the Quizmaster unsanctioned by the challenge convention.
PRECOG: A mutant with precognition powers [65STIG]
PRESTON SOCIETY:[55SOLO] The whole Prestion thing in [55SOLO] shifts
about so much it's difficult to describe coherently ...John Preston
wrote crazed/prophetic books about a 10th planet in our solar system
called "Flame Disc". Preston was an odd-ball astronomer - when
observations couldn't find this planet, he set off to look for it in his
ship and died. The goal of the society is to send a ship beyond the
"colony planets" - beyond the regions controlled by the Directorate. And
to find Flame Disc. Next to the society building is the crypt of
Preston, a dummy of whom is sealed in a plasti-cube there. The
Plasti-cube is vacuum-sealed - if opened (and if Preston's corpse was
actually in there), Preston's body would be pulverised. The real Preston
is alive on Flame Disc. He gives a clue about this in his books (one is
called "Unicorn") when he speaks of the voices that will guide us. The
voices speak in your mind - this happens even though when people arrive
at Flame Disc Preston would be 150ish. Preston really just wanted a
society where everyone had a real chance of winning. On Flame disc,
there's a spherical building that contains a Preston in a nourishing
suspension bath. The sphere is one of 1000's of buouys acting as guides
to flame disc. put there by Preston. The bath is a volatile substance to
project a vid image onto the Preston replica. The real Preston died a
few years after finding Flame Disc. See what I mean about being vague?
PRINTER: A creature that can make exact replicas of objects. Biltongs
[56PAPR], Tench and unicellular organisms in [66NWLY] all print things.
In [65STIG], everything but Skins can be printed. In [70MAZE] there is a
flea-sized printer that just produces copies of Specktowsky's book.
PRIZED-GRAM: also encephalogram, gram - examination of the brain in [56JAPE]
PROTECTOR:[55SOLO] Who you swear an oath to. Has power of life and death
over escaped serfs. Not supposed to send a classified to his death -
that's reserved for unks
PROTINE:[55SOLO] a foodstuff - not a natural algae, a mutant that
started out in culture tanks in the Middle East and gradually spread
over fresh water surfaces - even the wash tub and drain pipes and great
PROTOCOMPUTER: class of inorganic artificial construct. The autopilot of
the squib in [70MAZE] is one such.
PROTOPHASON AMPLIFIER: a portable device that enables one to communicate
with those in half-life: [69UBIK]
PROXER: An alien from Proxima centauri [65STIG]
PROXIMA 6 TAPE FLY: A large hairy beast with beating wings (what wlse
would they do?) and protruding composite eyes. The mechanical singing
flies of Delmak-O look like them. [70MAZE]
PRUDENCE ORGANISATIONS: Organizations of individuals with anti-psionic
powers that allow them to annul the abilities of (for example) telepaths
and precogs: [69UBIK]
PSI-PLUS: a less common form of ESP. There are some hilarious tests for
this in [56JAPE]
PSYCH FRONT: army psych division in the war preceeding [56JAPE] which
became the Health Resort. The old link to the army is why juveniles
aren't allowed there.
PSYCHOCIRCUITBREAKER: Yanks you out of polyencephalic fusion if things
go awry - but it didn't this time...: [70MAZE]
PSYCHO-HEALTH RESORT:[55SOLO] a moon base for mentally ill recuperation.
A big balloon with entrance and exit sphincters..
PUDDINGED: Malformed. Said of objects made by the Biltong that began to
PURE FOOD AND DRUG LEAGUE: unspecified organisation reffered to by a
sticker on a getabout in [56JAPE]
QUACK:[55SOLO] to lose out in an M-game
QUAKKIP: Goat-like sub-organisms at the Tekkel Upharsin Kibbutz that
smell like the Form Destroyer's last years underwear. You can get a very
poor quality cheese from them. [70MAZE].
QUART: a running-around-type team game in [56JAPE]. see juggle and
QUICK-FREEZE: Inhabitants of the radioactive ruins of Hokkaido could be
saved by it. We are not told how. [56JAPE]
QUIZMASTER:[55SOLO] Boss of Earth. Maximum 13 year term. position 1. In
early 20th century underconsumption plagued society - things were burned
because people couldn't afford them. But they could win them in a quiz.
Eventually it became possible to win power and prestige in the quiz. The
top position became quizmaster - the dispenser of power.
RANDOM-PAINTINGS: [55SOLO] - shifting swirls of random colour that
decorate the Quizmasters office - symbolic of the society he rules?
RAW-CLAW-PAW: Another biological weapon (this time of unknown symptoms):
RECON DIS-IN COUNCIL: A bureaucratic authority in [64PENT]
RECORDING ROBOT:[55SOLO] Crawls across the table towards the sound source
REEGS: Insectoid aliens that are supposed to be our enemies but are
actually quite nice. They communicate with humans via an electronic
decoding box [66NWLY]
REMOVAL PROBE:[55SOLO] renders a teep a non-teep.
RETIRE: to kill an android. You can't say you're killing them because
then you would have to admit that they were once alive. And if they were
alive, they must ave been sentient beings....[68DADO]
REXEROID:[55SOLO] very tough material used to reinforece the quizmasters
ROBANT: robot servant in [66NWLY], used to help an old woman in [53IMPL].
S-CHANNEL:[55SOLO] ?symbolic channel. watched by the classifieds
SCENARA: Opium-based drug, named after Wade Scenara the drug's inventor.
SCRAMBLE SUIT: worn by Bob Arctor in [77SCAN] as a means of concealing
his identity whilst giving a lecture. The scramble suit is a thin
membrane which displays different features of different faces etc. to
blur your own features. The face of it's inventor appears once every
twenty (?) odd years.
SEMI-MATTER: Substance between matter and anti-matter which can absorb
either. Morgo the Frolixian in [70OFFF] claimed to be made of this.
SHAVING WAND: An edufacture building project in [56JAPE]
SIMULACRUM: A Synthetic human "I always thought of as [a] robot" in
[68WEBY]. Used for Lunar exploration originally, but if the ruling monad
guidance system is fed an entire body of data pertaining to a character
(UCLA transcribes the data into instruction punch-tape for you), then a
Simulacra can take on the personality of that person. A prototype of
Edwin M Stanton cost 6000 dollars to build. Then they built an Abraham
Lincoln. Sam K Barrows, entrepreneur wanted to populate new towns on the
moon with simulacra so that the first human colonists wouldn't be lonely
(see also famnexdo).
SKIN: A form of currency- the skin of a fungus- the only thing that
cannot be reproduced by replicating organisms (see printers), and
therefore the only thing that can be used as money. Must get awful
SLAVE SATTELITE: Orbits Delmak-O with taped instructions of the
colonists mission. But the tape fails [70MAZE].
SLIVER: Interplanetary ship in [56JAPE]
SNIRT: Expletive ("Snirt it!") [69UBIK]
SPECIALS: Humans who's genes have deteriorated due to radiation in
[68DADO]. They are considered sub-human by non-specials and are not
allowed to emigrate off-planet. A typical Dickian Underclass - note that
this underclass is called SPECIAL and not disabled/mutants etc- very PC!
In [68WEBY], Special birth persons are similar radioactive mutants -
Chester Rosen's eyes and mouth have swapped places for example.
Sometimes an embryo is born in pieces - a jaw, an arm, teeth, fingers,
like a kit that no glue in the world would stick together. Eeeeeugh!
SPECKTOWSKY: Egon Specktowsky was the captain of the Persus 9, but was
killed in the unspecified accident which stranded the ship forever
[70MAZE]. His crew name him as the author of the book "How I rose from
the dead in my spare time and so can you", but change his initials to A
J (an example of PKD not cross-checking things?). In the crew's
polyencephalic world, AJS was a 21st century theologian and is cited as
discovering the true nature of the Deity in that world. He specifies
five time periods: the first was the period of purity before the Form
Destroyer was awakened; the second is the period of the curse when the
Deity was weakest and FD the most powerful; Then there was the birth of
God-on-Earth; Currently god walks the world redeeming the suffering now
and all life later through the Intercessor; Lastly, there is the period
of the Final Audit. PKD defined this theology with William Sarill from
Judaism, Christianity, Mohammedism, Zoroastrianism and Tibetian Bhuddism
based on the postulate that God Exists.
SQUATTERS:[55SOLO] unauthorised colonists
SQUIB: In [70OFFF], it's a kind of hover car, steered with a tiller and
has a boat-like description. In [70MAZE], it's a planet-bound flying
ship "size B" with an autopilot, that can be guided to land by an RK beam
STIGMATA: In [65STIG], The three Stigmata are the physical alterations
to Palmer Eldritch's body- metal teeth, Metal eyes with slit-lenses, and
a metal arm. Originate in PKD's father's WWI gas mask
STINK OF SHRINK: Non-existent weapon of biological war. Like the BAG
PLAGUE, but with the opposite effect "your head diminishes in size,
features included, to the circumference of a marble" [64PENT]
SUB-C:[55SOLO] slower than light.
SUPRALOBE:[55SOLO] Part of the brain that allows telepathy
SWIBBLE: some kind of device to control the 'politically correct
behavior' of citizens. It's "an artificially evolved telepathic
metazoan." It's purpose was to stop war by ensuring that everyone
maintained the same ideology [55SERV]. Swibbles are undefined household
devices in [64PENT].
SWORD OF CHEMOSH: Tony Dunklewelt obtains this from the Deity through
meditation and slays the Form Destroyer with it. But we find that it was
Bert Kosler he killed in reality: [70MAZE]
TANK: see ant tank.
TEEP CORPS:[55SOLO] part of the Directorate - telepaths. The corps is a
family, above man. Teeping is like hearing - if people within range
think, you'll pick it up. Teeps all come from San Fransico because
during the Final War a soviet missile hit research installations at
Livermore - survivours badly BATHED. Teeps are all descendants of Earl
and Verna Phillips...teeps find out every strategy devised to beat
minimax. Teeps find assassins and make his job very difficult. Have a
SUPRALOBE which if destroyed nulls their power.
TEKKEL UPHARSIM KIBBUTZ: Colony from which Seth Morley and his wife set
off for Delmak-O [70MAZE]. PKD tells us that Tekkel Upharsim means "he
has weighed and now they divide" in Aramaic, but I've no idea what the
significance of this is. It's a reference to the biblical story of (some
king) who saw, literally, the handwriting on the wall. What the hand
wrote was "Mene Mene Tekkel Upharsim". I'd be grateful for any further
information from any bible-readers out there...
TENCH: Strange creatures which inhabit Delmak-O. The less feeble of
which are capable of printing (cf [56PAPR]) .If a tench prints a pen,
the copy decays ("puddles"), but the ink in writing remains ok.
Questions to the Grand Tench can be asked by placing pieces of paper in
front of it. An answer is exuded from the body on a similar piece of
paper (Tench have no vocal organs). Back on the Persus 9, TENCH 889B is
the ship's computer: [70MAZE].
TERWEP: Weapon of terror (obviously enough) [67ZAPG]?
THALAMIC INDEX:[55SOLO] some sort of telepathic measure of stress
THINGTHING: presumably a thing that is best described as a thing; cruel,
cold and sterile Pris Frauenzimmer is described as such in [68WEBY].
TIRE REGROOVING: Process of using a hot iron to melt deeper grooves into
the bodies of already bald tires. Occupation of Nick Appleton in
[70OFFF]. Outlawed by Gram in this novel.
TOXILAX ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY: An example of a small thing that isn't a toy
in [70MAZE]. Compared with the mechanical flies and bees that monitor
TURRET:[55SOLO] we don't find out what turrets are - but Cartwright
worked at a turret factory as a mechanic.
UBIK: Ubik itself is a spray to stop objects regressing to a form they
had in earlier time, e.g. a TV goes back to a valve radio. Trouble is,
Ubik itself regresses to a point where it's magic ingredient isn't
there. It's a contraction of ubiquity [69UBIK]
UNKS:[55SOLO] Unclassifieds - the masses
URBTRANS SHIP:[55SOLO] MacMillan-operated turbine-driven airborne taxi
VIEW WALL:[55SOLO] very large "window" with a variable translucent filter
VIGOTSKY-LURIA COLORED BLOCKS TEST: Used by the Russians to test for
mental illness - you have to classify the blocks correctly. [68WEBY]
VISRECORD: like a video disc for 3D films. A film of a ?Tolkein story is
watched in [70MAZE].
VOIGT-KAMPFF TEST: The test that is used to differentiate replicants
from real human beings. [68DADO]
VUG: Alien invaders in [63GAME]
WALKER-ON-EARTH: The manifestation of the Deity (in [70MAZE]) that
travels the universe helping folk in the Specktowsky period. He advises
Seth Morely that the Morbid Chicken will not get them to Delmak-O. A
kind of "anti-person from Porlock, instead of interfering with a good
process or event, he..."
WASH-35: The Martian replica of 1935 Washington DC which Kathy
Sweetscent's Artiforg-supported boss Virgil Ackerman maintains as a
hobby to remember his boyhood. Note that PKD was a small boy in 1935, so
Virgil's memories of this time were probably adapted from PKD's.
WES-DEM: Western Democracies? one side in the war that preceded the
events in [64PENT]
WHEEL: Type of car in [66NWLY]
WILLIS: The robot in [69GAPH] who insists you always say "Willis, ..."
when addressing it
WUB: An alien/Martian 400lb pig-like organism in [52BWUB]. But when
killed, it seems to take possession of your mind - so the 400lb pig
might just be a victim of the wub. The Wub also appears in [68NOCO],
which deals with a Wub and the Water Union and the power struggle that
plays large in [64MATS]. Wubs are mentioned but never seen in [69GAPH]
WUBFUR: A commonly encountered (sometimes) expensive material (used as
mink would be used, I guess). A wub is a creature that invades/takes the
form of other creatures [52BWUB], so it shouldn't really have a
"fur"...this is a typical PKD in-joke....wubfur is used to make carpets
and slippers in [64PENT]. There's also a short story (Vol 5 I think) in
which the Wubfur is used to bind books and the Wubfur alters the text of
the book to suit it's idealogical standpoint. So they decide to bind a
bible in it. Also found in [65STIG].
YAH: (from Yahweh, or Jehovah: God) The Supreme Being as featured in
[81DIVI]. A pagan deity who has great plans for a theological overtaking
of Earth by appearing on the little planet of CY30-CY30B, secretly
impregnating the Terran emigrant Rybys Rommey, instructing her emigrant
colleague Herb Asher to marry her and sending them to Earth so that He
will be reborn there as a human being (talk about mysterious ways).
YANCY: President. And when he died, they made a robot to do his job
[64PENT]. President Yancy is also discussed in [55YANC].
YOUKNOWWHAT: sex : [70MAZE]
An asterisk after the reference code indicates that I've searched the
text for terms myself. As you can see, there's a lot left to do....
47STAB: STABILITY: Short story
49GATH: GATHER YOURSELVES TOGETHER: Novel: Straight fiction written
52BWUB:* BEYOND LIES THE WUB: Short Story: 400lb pig hitches ride to Earth.
52GUNN: THE GUN: Short Story
52LMOV: THE LITTLE MOVEMENT: Short Story:
52R00G: ROOG: Short Story
52SKUL: THE SKULL: Short Story
53AGLA: A GLASS OF DARKNESS: Short Story: became 57PUPP.
53AMAR: ALL WE MARSMEN: Short Story: became 64MATS.
53BUBB: THE TROUBLE WITH BUBBLES: Short Story
53BUIL: THE BUILDER: Short Story
53CEMO: IF THERE WERE NO BENNY CEMOLI: Short Story
53COLN: COLONY: Short Story
53COOK: THE COOKIE LADY: Short Story
53COMM: THE COMMUTER: Short Story
53COPO: THE COSMIC POACHERS: Short Story
53DEFN: THE DEFENDERS: Short Story: 52-53 Used in 64PENT
53ELVS: THE KING OF THE ELVES: Short Story
53EXPN: EXPENDABLE: Short Story
53EYES: THE EYES HAVE IT: Short Story
53FROG: THE INDEFATAGABLE FROG: Short Story
53GREC: THE GREAT C: Short Story: Used in 76DEUS.
53HAST: THE HANGING STRANGER: Short Story
53IMPL: THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET: Short Story
53IMPO: THE IMPOSTOR: Short Story
53INFI: THE INFINITIES: Short Story
53MARC: MARTIANS COME IN CLOUDS: Short Story
53MRSP: MR SPACESHIP: Short Story
53OGAR: OUT IN THE GARDEN: Short Story
53PAYC: PAYCHECK: Short Story
53PIPW: PIPER IN THE WOODS: Short Story
53PLTR: PLANET FOR TRANSIENTS: Short Story: Used in 76DEUS.
53PMAC: THE PRESERVING MACHINE: Short Story
53PROJ: PROJECT: EARTH: Short Story
53SECV: SECOND VARIETY: Short Story
53SKOL: SOME KIND OF LIFE: Short Story
53VARM: THE VARIABLE MAN: Short Story
53WOSH: THE WORLD SHE WANTED: Short Story
54ADJU: ADJUSTMENT TEAM: Short Story: 52-55
54BEYO: BEYOND THE DOOR: Short Story
54BROX: THE SHORT HAPPY LIFE OF THE BROWN OXFORD: Short Story
54BRAT: BREAKFAST AT TWILIGHT: Short Story: 52-55
54CRAW: THE CRAWLERS: Short Story
54CRYS: THE CRYSTAL CRYPT: Short Story
54EXPI: EXHIBIT PIECE: Short Story
54FATH: THE FATHER-THING: Short Story
54GOMA: THE GOLDEN MAN: Short Story
54JONW: JON'S WORLD: Short Story
54JPCR: JAMES P CROW: Short Story
54LAMA: THE LAST OF THE MASTERS: Short Story
54MEDD: MEDDLER: Short Story
54PRAU: PROMINENT AUTHOR: Short Story
54PREP: A PRESENT FOR PAT: Short Story: 52-55
54PRIZ: THE PRIZE SHIP: Short Story
54PROG: PROGENY: Short Story
54SALE: SALES PITCH: Short Story
54SHEG: SHELL GAME: Short Story
54SMAT: SMALL TOWN: Short Story
54SOUV: SOUVENIR: Short Story
54STED: STRANGE EDEN: Short Story
54SURV: SURVEY TEAM: Short Story
54TIMP: TIME PAWN: Short Story: Expanded into 60DRFU
54TOBE: TOBY AND THE BEETLES: Short Story
54TURW: THE TURNING WHEEL: Short Story: 52-55
54UPON: UPON THE DULL EARTH: Short Story
54WITH: OF WITHERED APPLES: Short Story
54WOTA: A WORLD OF TALENT: Short Story
55AFAC: AUTOFAC: Short Story: Automatic factories monopolize the
55CAMA: CAPTIVE MARKET: Short Story
55CHRF: THE CHROMIUM FENCE: Short Story
55FODE: FOSTER, YOU'RE DEAD: Short Story
55HUMI: HUMAN IS: Short Story
55IMMU: IMMUNITY: Short Story
55MINR: MINORITY REPORT: Short Story
55NANN: NANNY: Short Story: 52-55. Keep up with the Joneses by
purchasing a more violently protective child-minding robot
55PSIM: PSI-MAN: Short Story
55SERV: SERVICE CALL: Short Story: Repair man from the future is
perplexed to find a swibble-free household.
55SOLO:* SOLAR LOTTERY: Novel: Random selection determines the world
55SURF: A SURFACE RAID: Short Story
55YANC: THE MOLD OF YANCY: Short Story: Adventures of the robotic fake
of a dead president.
55WARV: WAR VETERAN: Short Story : bits of this appear in 67ZAPG
56BUBB: THE BROKEN BUBBLE: Novel: (of Thisbe Holt)
56JAPE:* THE MAN WHO JAPED: Novel: Man in charge of Morality Tale Agency
decides to take the piss.
56MARY: MARY AND THE GIANT: Novel: Straight fiction.
56PAPR: PAY THE PRINTER: Short Story: Why bother learning to make things
when the biltong will happily copy them?
56SERV: TO SERVE THE MASTER: Short Story
56WOJO: THE WORLD JONES MADE: Novel: It's not easy being a precog. An
ex-carnie organises against aliens and the government.
57EYSK: EYE IN THE SKY: Novel: Life in someone else's neurotic dream world.
57MISA: MISADJUSTMENT: Short Story
57PUPP: THE COSMIC PUPPETS: Novel: A man's home-town gets wierd.
57UNRM: THE UNRECONSTRUCTED M: Short Story
58NULL: NULL-O: Short Story
58PUTT: PUTTERING ABOUT IN A SMALL LAND: Novel: Straight fiction written
59EXPW: EXPLORERS WE: Short Story
59FAIR: FAIR GAME: Short Story
59RECM: RECALL MECHANISM: Short Story
59TIME: TIME OUT OF JOINT: Novel: A man playing a newspaper game is
actually saving the earth.
59WARG: WAR GAME: Short Story
60DRFU: DR FUTURITY: Novel: Can an evil future be averted by killing Sir
60TEET: THE MAN WHOSE TEETH WERE ALL EXACTLY ALIKE: Novel. Straight fiction.
60VULH: VULCAN'S HAMMER: Novel:
62ASIM: A. LINCOLN, SIMULACRUM: Short Story: became 68WEBY.
62HICA: THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE: Novel: The axis won WWII, but some
guy called Abendsen has written a book suggesting that the allies really
63GAME: THE GAME PLAYERS OF TITAN: Novel: A game to maximise births in a
63PERK: THE DAYS OF PERKY PAT: Short Story
63RAGL: WHAT'LL WE DO WITH RAGLAND PARK?: Short Story
63STAN: STAND-BY: Short Story
64CANT: CANTATA 140: Short Story: became 66CRAC
64CLAN: CLANS OF THE ALPHANE MOON: Novel: CIA agent and telepathic slime
mold hide on a psycho-tribe planet.
64LBOX: THE LITTLE BLACK BOX: Short Story
64MATS: MARTIAN TIME-SLIP: Novel: Schizophrenic child threatens the
future of mars.
64NOVA: NOVELTY ACT: Short Story
64OBLO: OH, TO BE A BLOBEL!: Short Story: Spy can't revert from alien
form for long.
64ORPH: ORPHEUS WITH CLAY FEET: Short Story
64PENT: THE PENULTIMATE TRUTH: Novel: Man emerges from underground to
find peace, greenery and propaganda. Based several short stories:
53DEFN, 53SECV, 55YANC. (Note that the Hebrew for tooth is "shin", which
is also the penultimate letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Is PT a play on
"The penultimate tooth"?)
64PREC: PRECIOUS ARTEFACT: Short Story
64SIMA: THE SIMULACRA: Novel: The "classical jugs" parts of this book
were adapted to form 64NOVA.
64UNCH: A GAME OF UNCHANCE: Short Story
64UNTM: THE UNTELEPORTED MAN: Novel: Original version of 67LIES. German
fascists run the UN, but is there a second earth?
64WATS: WATERSPIDER: Short Story
64WDMS: WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY: Short Story: Can a dead entrepreneur get
his choice of President elected? Used in 69UBIK
65CRAP: CONFESSIONS OF A CRAP ARTIST: Novel: Straight fiction. Written
65DRBL: DR BLOODMONEY, OR HOW WE GOT ALONG AFTER THE BOMB. An eternally
orbiting DJ helps unite post-nuclear war earth.
65HUMP: HUMPTY DUMPTY IN OAKLAND: Novel: Straight fiction. Written 1960s.
65MILT: IN MILTON LUMKY TERRITORY: Novel: Straight fiction. Written 1960s.
65RETS: RETREAT SYNDROME: Short Story
65STIG: THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH: Novel: Palmer returns
from Prox after a messy encounter with a God who behaves in ways we
66CRAC: THE CRACK IN SPACE: Novel: The excess population is frozen and
put to sleep.
66HOLQ: HOLY QUARREL: Short Story
66NWLY: NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR: Novel: Artiforg sugeon helps
Mussolini-like president in wrangle with Reegs (= Nazi axis) and
Lillistar (= Allies).
66RETM: RETURN MATCH: Short Story
66WHOL: WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE: Short Story
66YEST: YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL BE YESTERDAY: Short Story: became 67COCW
67COCW: COUNTER-CLOCK WORLD: Novel: Books are unwritten, the dead are
revived and unearthed. every day men apply little packets of stubble to
67FAIF: FAITH IN OUR FATHERS: Short Story
67GANY: THE GANYMEDE TAKEOVER: Novel: Tennessee versus telepathic worms
from Ganymede. (Also titled "The Stones Rejected") joint with Ray
67LIES: LIES INC.: Novel: What's going on on the other side of the teleport?
67JOEP: JOW PROTAGORAS IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING ON EARTH: Short Story.
67ZAPG: THE ZAP GUN: Novel: Is the economy really driven by "dreaming
68DADO: DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?: Novel: Hey! It's just like
that Blade Runner film! What a rip-off!
68ENDA: THE STORY TO END ALL STORIES: Short Story
68FNOO: THE WAR WITH THE FNOOLS: Short Story
68NOCO: NOT BY IT'S COVER: Short Story
68WEBY:* WE CAN BUILD YOU: Organ seller switches to simulacra manufacture.
69EANT: THE ELECTRIC ANT: Short Story
69GAPH: GALACTIC POT HEALER: Novel (1969). The Glimmung needs a ceramics
69UBIK: Ubik: Novel: The only way to stop things decaying is to spray
them with Ubik. Partial source in 64WDMS.
70MAZE:* A MAZE OF DEATH: Novel: Polyencephalic whodunnit.
70OFFF: OUR FRIENDS FROM FROLIX 8: Novel: Mutant conflict.
74FLOW: FLOW MY TEARS THE POLICEMAN SAID: Novel: Pop star becomes nobody
74PREP: THE PRE-PERSONS: Short Story
74TEMP: A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR US TEMPUNAUTS: Short Story
75CRAP: CONFESSIONS OF A CRAP ARTIST: Novel: Observations on modern
life, infidelity and a UFO-watchers group.
76DEUS: DEUS IRAE: Novel: An armless, legless painter must portray the
god of wrath (written with Roger Zelany).
77SCAN: A SCANNER DARKLY: Novel; Is Bob a drug dealer or is he a cop
79EXIT: THE EXIT DOOR LEADS IN: Short Story
80CAWE: CHAINS OF AIR, WEB OF ETHER: Short Story
80FROZ: FROZEN JOURNEY: Short Story
80HOPE: I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON: Short Story
80RAUT: RAUTAVAARA'S CASE: Short Story
81ALMI: THE ALIEN MIND: Short Story
81DIVI: THE DIVINE INVASION: Novel . God takes the form of a child and
returns to earth to sort everything out.
81VALI: VALIS: Novel: Horselover and Phil in pink light experience.
82TTIM: THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER: Novel: Bishop searches for
biblical mushroom cult.
84SMOD: STRANGE MEMORIES OF DEATH: Short Story
85RAFA: RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH: Novel: Telepathic aliens help Nick to
survive in communist America.
85GLIM: Nick and the Glimmung: Childrens story.
87CABE: CADBURY, THE BEAVER WHO LACKED: Short Story
87COMT: THE DAY MR COMPUTER FELL OUT OF IT'S TREE: Short Story
87GOVI: GOODBYE, VINCENT: Short Story
87SIBL: THE EYE OF THE SIBYL: Short Story
87TER0: A TERRAN ODYSSEY: Short Story
To Kevin for providing a mirror in the states; Bill Albert; Ron Churgin;
KR Hodge; "jdn"; Matt Keely; King Felix, Lord RC; James Latham; Matt
McIrvin; Joel Margot; Hans Persson; M. Petersen; Kees van Prooijen; Joel
Smith; Alexander Staubo; Steve at all-electric; Bill Upham; Bergsvein
Vollan; Brain A Davis; Patrick Clark;
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