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Beyond Lies the Wub & The Skull

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Two stories in the inimitable Philip Dick style. What is a Wub? A 400 pound slovenly, fat, ungainly, drooling animal that looks like a cross between a walrus and an enormous hog? Well, yes that is pretty much what he looks like and for 50 cents, a good bargain no matter how he tastes. The hungry spaceship crew expect to find out. Of course the Wub may not entirely agree but it doesn't have much to say about it. The second story, The Skull, is a skilful mesh of time travel, unscrupulous governments, prisoners, and religion. With an assassin thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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[Illustration: "The wub, sir," Peterson said. "It spoke!" ]

BEYOND LIES THE WUB

By PHILIP K. DICK

The slovenly wub might well have said: Many men talk like philosophers and live like fools.

They had almost finished with the loading. Outside stood the Optus, his arms folded, his face sunk in gloom. Captain Franco walked leisurely down the gangplank, grinning.

"What's the matter?" he said. "You're getting paid for all this."

The Optus said nothing. He turned away, collecting his robes. The Captain put his boot on the hem of the robe.

"Just a minute. Don't go off. I'm not finished."

"Oh?" The Optus turned with dignity. "I am going back to the village." He looked toward the animals and birds being driven up the gangplank into the spaceship. "I must organize new hunts."

Franco lit a cigarette. "Why not? You people can go out into the veldt and track it all down again. But when we run out halfway between Mars and Earth "

The Optus went off, wordless. Franco joined the first mate at the bottom of the gangplank... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 2, 2015
Subject: Beyond lies the Wub & The Skull
Ideas to ponder over , presented with wit and charm , wonderfully read
Reviewer: - January 22, 2015
Subject: beyond lies the Wub & The Skull
Well read....fun and thoughtful


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