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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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Can’t Live, Can’t Live

Can’t Live, Can’t Live

Chapter:
(p.221) Can’t Live, Can’t Live
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I Think I Am
Author(s):

Laurence A. Rickels

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.003.0019

This chapter examines science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s novels The Game Players of Titan, Clans of the Alphane Moon, and Now Wait for Last Year. In The Game Players of Titan, The Game, which was imported from Titan to Terra as the free gift that came with conquest, is nevertheless recognizable as Monopoly, although the stakes turn out to be as high in fact as one always imagined them to be anyway. To be B is to own property: because to begin the game is the deed. In Clans of the Alphane Moon, Dick plots psychosis along social or interpersonal lines. The story begins with the couple in crisis and ends up joining the clan society of psychotics. In Now Wait for Last Year, Kathy swallows a new drug that, unknown to her, was created highly toxic and immediately addictive as secret weapon for use in interstellar warfare. To motivate him to find the cure, Kathy slips her husband Eric the drug while visiting him at his new home base. The drug conveys “a sense of having imbibed of death itself”.

Keywords:   science fiction, Philip K. Dick, novels, The Game Players of Titan, Clans of the Alphane Moon, Now Wait for Last Year, game, psychosis, drug, interstellar warfare

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