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Book Title: Clans of the Alphane Moon|
The author of the book: Philip K. Dick
ISBN 13: 9780006482482
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Edition: Voyager HarperCollins
Date of issue: 1996
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At a large corner table in a bar in San Francisco in 1962, Philip K. Dick, Poul Anderson, Robert A. Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon and Kurt Vonnegut sit having lunch and discussing novels.
Phil: Guys, listen to this, I have an idea for a story. In the near future, a planet is populated from groups of mental health patients. Each category of mental health will have its own area and settlement, each representing a different “clan”. There will be a clan of schizophrenics, a clan of manics, a clan of depressions, patients, etc.
Bob: What is it with you and mental illness?
Phil: We are all mentally unstable; it is only a matter of degree, tangent paths along our own journey towards the Godhead. Also, the concept of mental instability, or a distinction with the “norm” tracks with an idea about a difference with the normal state of perception, opening the consciousness to psychic abilities and maybe even telekinesis and / or pre-cognition.
Theodore: I like it, but also, you simply MUST have a telepathic slime mold.
Phil: A telepathic slime mold, sounds fun, but why?
Theodore: belch! Why not?!
Kurt: Ted, what is that plastic ooze on your legs?
Theodore: Last night while I was walking to the science fiction convention, I thought I could take a short cut across a creak and so I did, and while padding across the stream, this pearl colored gel affixed to my legs, it kind of burns.
Kurt: Hmmm, gives me an idea.
Bob: Where’s that good-looking waitress?
Poul: Sounds good, but I think I like your fantasy more than your science fiction?
Phil: When do I ever write fantasy, except for a very non-profitable venture into mainstream, I stick with science fiction? You’re the one who forays into fantasy.
Poul: Forays?? Some of my best work is in fantasy.
Theodore: Yeah, I liked that one where the elf lord has sex with the captive troll and gives birth to the changeling, but wait, wasn’t that Tolkien?
Poul: NO! Damn it, it is NOT Tolkien, that was my 1954 novel The Broken Sword, so it’s not a Christian allegory, so what?
Kurt: Who said anything about a Christian allegory? What about that one Arthur C. Clarke did about the aliens who tried to invade medieval Europe and then the old knights turned the tide on them? That’s kind of a cool mix of sci-fi and fantasy.
Poul: That’s mine again, The High Crusade, published in 1960, waitress, can I get my check?
Bob: Oh, Poul, don’t be so defensive, we all know you are a great talent (finishing his last oyster) Now where is that delightful little serving wench?
Phil: So, Bob, what do you think about my idea?
Bob: Sounds good, I like it, you just need to spice things up a bit. Take that attractive young woman in the next aisle (Good afternoon, fraulein! purr!) What she needs are bigger breasts, you could incorporate into your sci-fi mental health colony a segment about fake breasts.
Kurt: What is it with you and breasts?
Phil: Fake breasts? Like robot breasts? I don’t understand.
Bob: Excuse me, you nubile little minx, can I get some more oysters, or do I need to come back to the kitchen and spank you?
Kurt: Again with the spanking, Heinlein, what is going on with you? And that was your third plate of oysters; I think you’re scaring our waitress.
Bob: I’m just saying, in the future, technology should be able to … shall we say, augment a young woman’s gifts from nature?
Phil: I see, so she could take some drugs and gain larger, more robust breasts?
Theodore: What is it with you and drugs?
Bob: Not necessarily drugs, Phil, maybe an implant, surgical, that could make a woman’s mammary glands more firm and youthful. Also, I think it would be a great idea to put in a scene with a dangerously strong aphrodisiac where a woman goes wild and damn near kills a man during sex.
Pause, all stare at him
Poul: I don’t think Boy’s Life will pick that up, Bob, and I’m starting to worry about you.
Phil: He scared my cat last time he came over to my apartment, and the birds stopped singing.
Kurt: Poul, you have put together some damn fine time travel stories, maybe Phil could come up with a time travel twist, instead of just straight future science.
Phil: I actually do have an idea like that! An alternate history, like in the war, what if the Nazi’s had won, and the Japanese, what would America look like?
Poul: I explored that concept in Three Hearts and Three Lions, does anyone read my work?
Kurt: We all do, Poul, you have great peer recognition, no doubt. I like that idea too, Phil, what kind of changes would take place in an America where the Axis had won? I mean, that opens up all kinds of imaginative concepts, how would we dress, what kind of books would we read, or NOT read? What kind of cars would we drive?
Bob: Great point, Kurt, by the way, what the hell kind of car is that anyway? The one you drove here in today? Some kind of Nazi buggy?
Kurt: It’s a Saab, its Swedish; it is NOT a Nazi buggy! You stay pretty straight with science fiction, Bob.
Bob: Oh, I’m straight! (leering)
Kurt: (taking a drag on his cigarette) Oh for God’s sake, Bob, does Virginia let you out of the house? What do you think about Phil doing a time travel book?
Poul: I have written a number of time travel books.
Bob: I like it! He could write a sexy, racy story about sexual freedom, even from the restraints of time and morals. Hell, Phil could even write a story where the protagonist goes back in time and has sex with his mother, like there is something wrong with that.
Table stares at him
Bob: I’m just saying, if you wrote a time travel novel, that could be a situation that could be explored.
Phil: Anyway. I’m writing my next story about clans of mentally ill people who colonize an alien moon, I’m thinking of calling it Clans of the Alphane Moon.
Theodore: Would you have androids, or simulacrum in this novel?
Phil: Yes, but … I don’t understand … why would I write a story without an android?
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Read information about the authorPhilip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.
In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, ten of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.
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