By Philip K. Dick
Fourteen strangers got here to Delmak-O. 13 of them have been transferred via the standard gurus. One received there through praying. yet when they arrived on that planet whose very surroundings appeared to set off paranoia and psychosis, the beginners came upon that even prayer used to be dead. For on Delmak-O, God is both absent or cause on destroying His creations.
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This is all going wrong, he realized. I might as well go back and join the others. Or I could move this one carton and then have another drink, and possibly by that time most of them would have come out of the briefing room and could help me. Grunting and perspiring, he made his way up the gravel path toward the dark and inert structure 33 which provided them with their living quarters. No lights on. Everyone was still involved in pasting together an adequate prayer. Thinking about that he had to laugh.
Anyhow, I enjoy it. " "A dream of fame," Maggie said. " Beisnor shook his head. " His tone was hard and flat and very earnest. "We live in a world created and manufactured from the results of the work of millions of men, most of them dead, virtually none of them known or given any credit. I don't care if I'm known for what I create; all I care about is having it be worthwhile and useful, with people able to depend on it as something they take for granted in their lives. Like the safety pin. Who knows who created that?
I don't want to look any more, she said to herself. Weigh me down, she thought. Show me what there is of you; show me your real being, without benefit of clothes. Fumbling behind her she unsnapped her peek-n-squeeze bra. Deftly she tugged it out from its place within her sweater; she pulled, strained, managed to drop it onto a chair. At that the man laughed. " she demanded. "Your neatness," he said. " 42 "Damn you," she said, knowing that he, like everyone else, was laughing at her. "I'll get you," she snarled, and pulled him with all her strength; this time she managed to move him a few tottering steps in the direction of the bed.