By Philip K. Dick
Earth is trapped within the crossfire of an unwinnable battle among alien civilizations. Its chief is forever at the verge of dying. And on most sensible of all of it, a brand new drug has simply entered circulation—a drug that haphazardly sends its clients touring via time.
In an try and get away his doomed marriage, Dr. Eric Sweetscent turns into stuck up in it all. yet he has questions: is Earth at the correct facet of the warfare? Is he imagined to heal Earth's chief or continue him in poor health? and will he swap the harrowing destiny that the drug has proven him?
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Richard, Michael, and I engage often in lively conversation, so there is certainly no dearth of stimulation. But neither of them has much interest in some intellectual areas that have always been a part of my life. My skills in languages and linguistics, for example, have been a source of considerable pride for me since my earliest days in school. Several weeks ago I had a terrifying dream in which I had forgotten how to write or speak in anything but English. For two weeks thereafter I spent two hours by myself each day, not just reviewing my beloved French, but also studying Italian and Japanese as well.
During one of my recent hallucinations the waves of color broke into geometric patterns and these in turn changed to human silhouettes marching single file across my field of view. Omen was leading the procession in a bright green robe. The two figures at the rear of the group were both women, the heroines of my adolescence, Joan of Arc and Eleanor of Aquitaine. When I first heard their voices the procession dissolved and the scene instantly shifted. Suddenly I was in a small rowboat in the early morning fog on the small duck pond near our villa at Beauvois.
While Richard waxed lyrical about the kind of propulsion system that could impart such a velocity change to this "behemoth of a spacecraft," I nursed Simone and found myself again thinking about her future. So we are definitely leaving the solar system, I thought, and going some26 ARTHUR C. CLARKE AND GENTRY LEE where else. Will I ever see another world? Will Simone? Is it possible, my daughter, that Rama will be your home world for your entire lifetime? The floor continues to shake vigorously, but it comforts me.
Now Wait for Last Year by Philip K. Dick