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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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All of You Are Dead. I Am Alive.

All of You Are Dead. I Am Alive.

(p.334) All of You Are Dead. I Am Alive.
I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s novels The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and Ubik. In The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, adolescent or group psychology organizes the communion-like experience of fusion or translation that human colonists on Mars share when downing the drug Can-D and projecting themselves into the couple of dolls Perky Pat and her boyfriend Walt and into the doll layout, which represents life on Earth. Palmer Eldritch’s competing experience of other worlds via his drug Chew-Z represents the psychotically heightened version of Can-D fantasy. The main difference between the fusion of Mercerism and the fusion or translation obtained via Can-D is that the importance of the tomb world is on Earth not as in the heavens or outer space. Viewed from the stricken world of Mars, Earth is the “other world” of fantasy. The life-and-a-half span of aura as encapsulation undergoing change is a formula for half-life in Ubik.

Keywords:   science fiction, Philip K. Dick, novels, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Ubik, fusion, fantasy, Mercerism, tomb world, half-life

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