Beyond Lies the Wub
Philip Kindred Dick (1928 - 1982) was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist whose contribution to science fiction is immense. His themes are the sociological, political, metaphysical and altered states of humanity under the weight of hegemonic corporations and governments. His own experiences with drug abuse, paranoia and schizophrenia are present throughout his work. Dick's novels and stories, which are awesome in their own right, have also been the inspiration for popular films such as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report.
The short sci-fi story Beyond Lies the Wub was Dick's first published tale, which appeared in Planet Stories in 1952. It is about a space ship crew member named Peterson who, while visiting Mars, buys an enormous pig-like creature called a "wub", which winds up being a telepathic, sentient animal. Tensions develop when the captain, who had a run in with a wub, wants to kill and eat it. But the crew has formed a liking for the creature, which has been conversing with them about mythology. Does the captain kill and eat the tasty creature? Or will it live out its sensitive life with Peterson and the rest of the crew...
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March 25, 2014
Among the animals a spaceship takes onboard is a wub. And it begins to talk to the captain. There is a moral here.
September 30, 2013
Oh how i love Philip K Dick. I truly do. He gets you caught up in this moral delimma, wound up and heated. You hope that, because this fiction, it will end up well, the characters will do the right thing. But Dick is a realist. He knows people too well to be unrealisitic. But then he has a tendency to drop a bomb in you head at the last second.
September 02, 2013
.This is what humans do to intellegent beings. A very good short story.
June 22, 2013
Well worth reading!
May 15, 2013
A tasty morsel of a literary snack.
February 15, 2013
Nice short story
January 24, 2013
Fun but predictable.
October 03, 2012
Very good read. Nice portrayal of western greed and the terrible way society and ignorance corrupt people. We'd rather destroy other races and cultures than try to make peace with them even though our own "teachings" tell us to do unto others. When it comes down to it, we take what we select from political and theological teachings as it suits us. Kind of sad.
August 31, 2012
Very good short read. Would have enjoyed a longer text, but it was an intreuging story.
August 28, 2012
Thought provoking short story
June 01, 2012
Well written but does not amount to much in the end.
April 26, 2012
Very good as always with philip k dick, very true about humans.
April 13, 2012
March 20, 2012
Nice little story, I agree with the others, I could have kept reading all day. Good story to read at break at work.
March 14, 2012
Fun read, but too short. I would have liked several times this much.
July 30, 2011
I've never read any Phillip K Dick, so I have no idea if this is representative. In a very short story he manages to create characters you engage with, empathise with and even despise. A good twist, a critique of rapacious western greed, and possible sews the seeds of vegetarianism in the reader. Could you look your dinner in the eye?