Philip K. Dick’s Birthday (And A Present For You!)

Homeopape.com and .net stores are now open. Purchase digital (i.e. not analog) versions of the works of Philip K. Dick or other works related to Philip K. Dick’s life and his writing. For reading, watching or listening on the go with your portable homeopape device.

 

In a corner of the large room a chime sounded and a tinkling mechanical voice called, “I’m your free homeopape machine, a service supplied exclusively by all the fine Rootes hotels throughout Earth and the colonies. Simply dial the classification of news that you wish, and in a matter of seconds I’ll speedily provide you with a fresh, up-to-the-minute homeopape tailored to your individual requirements; and, let me repeat, at no cost to you!” — From Ubik, by Philip K. Dick

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New Audiobooks Page And A Contest To Win A Free Audiobook

In celebration of the new Audiobooks page just posted, one of the narrators has partnered with this site to sponsor a contest. The new page is located in the Works In Print menu or can be found here: http://www.philipkdickfans.com/works-in-print/audiobooks/.

Ray Greenley (web site, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud) narrated “The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories.” I listened to this audiobook and I think it’s really well done. Ray Greenley’s voice is a pleasure to listen to. With some audiobooks I’ve listened to, I have difficulty becoming immersed in the story because the narrator’s voice or rhythm or style of reading aloud, but with Ray’s narration I didn’t have that problem.

From the Amazon description of this audiobook:

What if…a machine could murder one person while implicating another for the crime? An alien being looked like livestock but spoke like a philosopher? Earth was ruined by war, and Mars was humanity’s only hope? Robots were created to wage an unending war on the ravaged surface of Earth while man hid underground? Peeking into the future showed a worse result with each look?

In The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories by master of science fiction Philip K. Dick, reality is as thin as imagination. Trust in your senses, your experience, and your expectations if you must. But be warned. What you do not know can leave you – and your world – forever changed!

“The Unreconstructed M” (1957), “Beyond Lies the Wub” (1952), “Strange Eden” (1954), “Survey Team” (1954), “The Defenders” (1953), “Beyond the Door” (1954), “Shell Game” (1954), “Piper in the Woods” (1953), “Meddler” (1954), “Of Withered Apples” (1954), “Progeny” (1954), “Upon the Dull Earth” (1954), “Human Is” (1955).

You can hear a preview of the audiobook at Audible, SoundCloud, or Amazon.

Now for the contest:

First and second place are each awarded with a copy of The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories, sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company

The challenge:

Readers will leave a comment with what would be their ultimate choice for a book to be read and the person who would read it. The best and/or most creative answer and the runner-up would receive the two promotional copies. Please leave your email address in the comment so we can contact you if you are a winner. You have until August 29. 2016 to enter.

For example, my choice would either be Benedict Cumberbatch reading The Hobbit (His voicing of Smaug in the movie was amazing! It was like the sound of Smaug’s voice that I’ve imagined since I first read the book.) or Martin Shaw reading Geek Love or Stranger in a Strange Land.

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Biography Coming Soon [Updated]: Pre-order Links For The Other Side of Philip K. Dick

Coming Soon

The Other Side of Philip K. Dick By Maer Wilson

To pre-order visit Amazon.com or Smashwords.

The Other Side of Philip K. Dick By Maer WilsonExpected to be published later this summer, The Other Side of Philip K. Dick By Maer Wilson is a memoir that tells the story of her ten year friendship with Philip K. Dick from 1972 to 1982.

From the description at Maer Wilson’s web site:

“What is the truth behind the legend of Science Fiction great, Philip K. Dick?

In spring, 1972, Phil Dick moved to Fullerton, CA, where he met Theatre student Mary (Maer) Wilson. Amid marriage proposals, marathon talk-fests and a love for music and films, they forged a strong friendship that would last the rest of his life.

Wilson’s quirky, yet unflinchingly honest, memoir reveals a funny, compassionate and generous man. She captures an inside view of one of our literary greats – a brilliant writer who gave the world some of its most revered Science Fiction.”

For more information, visit Maer Wilson’s web site, Goodreads, Amazon.com or Smashwords

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Books Recently Published And Coming Soon

Available Now

Published June 1, 2016, “The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick” by Kyle Arnold is available through Amazon.com or your favorite book supplier.

The book is a biography shown through the lens of a clinical psychologist. From the description at Amazon.com and probably the back cover of the book also:

“In The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick, clinical psychologist Kyle Arnold probes the fascinating mystery of Dick’s heart and mind, and shows readers how early traumas opened Dick to profound spiritual experiences while also predisposing him toward drug dependency and violence. Disputing the myth that Dick had schizophrenia, Arnold contends that Dick’s well-known paranoia was caused by his addiction to speed. Despite Dick’s paranoia, his divine madness was not a sign of mental illness, but a powerful spiritual experience conveyed in the images of science fiction.”

For more information, visit Amazon.com or Goodreads.

 

Available Now

Published April 9, 2016, “Ganymedean Slime Mold On Tour And Other Things: Essays And Stories, 1988-2015” by Lord Running Clam is available through Amazon.com, Wide Books (with a ten dollar discount), or your favorite book supplier.

The book is a collection of stories and essays, and for Philip K. Dick fans, there are essays from For Dickheads Only and PKD Otaku. From the description at Amazon.com and probably the back cover of the book also:

“Its the umpteenth decade in the War On Drugs. The 1980s. Ronald Raygun is dozing off and Nancy just says No. Into the fray inches the Ganymedean Slime Mold, armed with telepathic power and not enough weed. Will the forces of righteousness prevail? Or will the dark denizens of the Government squash this alien dopesucker? A true story. Inspired by Philip K. Dick and challenged by Hunter S. Thompson, Lord Running Clam here presents his stories and essays written over the last thirty years, including the best from the zines ‘No Bullsheet’ and ‘For Dickheads Only’-and everything he wrote on Philip K. Dick for ‘PKD OTAKU’.”

For more information, visit Amazon.com, Wide Books or Goodreads.

 

Coming Soon

The Other Side of Philip K. Dick By Maer WilsonExpected to be published later this summer, The Other Side of Philip K. Dick By Maer Wilson is a memoir that tells the story of her ten year friendship with Philip K. Dick from 1972 to 1982.

From the description at Maer Wilson’s web site:

“What is the truth behind the legend of Science Fiction great, Philip K. Dick?

In spring, 1972, Phil Dick moved to Fullerton, CA, where he met Theatre student Mary (Maer) Wilson. Amid marriage proposals, marathon talk-fests and a love for music and films, they forged a strong friendship that would last the rest of his life.

Wilson’s quirky, yet unflinchingly honest, memoir reveals a funny, compassionate and generous man. She captures an inside view of one of our literary greats – a brilliant writer who gave the world some of its most revered Science Fiction.”

For more information, visit Maer Wilson’s web site or Goodreads.

 

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Works In Print Section Content Refresh [Update 2]

Had a hiccup in the Works In Print Section Secondary Resources page. Thinking that I had updated the item links to the new(ish?) look that Amazon is using, I didn’t change the link code before the links quit working.

So I quickly made the changes and in addition, included the items that have been released since the last update of the page.

On to the revised and expanded inspired by Philip K. Dick/Dickian section!

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Works In Print Section Content Refresh [Update]

I have been working on a content refresh/updating of the Works In Print Section to include items that have been released since the last update of the pages and updating the links to the new(ish?) look that Amazon is using.

I have completed the updates on the Works In Print page and the Non Fiction page.

The listings on the Books Inspired By Philip K. Dick page have been converted to the new style that Amazon is using. I have plans to expand this area. If anyone has suggestions for works that were directly inspired by Philip K. Dick (with some sort of evidence to verify the claim) or are Dickian in some ways, please email philipkdickfans[at]gmail[dot]com with the work and evidence to support it’s inclusion. I’m not limiting this to any particular medium. I expanded the Movies section to include Television and I plan on adding the comic book adaptation of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and maybe even the Marvel Comics adaptation of Blade Runner!

The Secondary Resources page is very out of date and there have been many new items published. This is the next task I will be working on. I will continue to post updates on the progress made on the content refresh as they are completed.

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New Books

Listed below are books related to or about the work of Philip K. Dick that have been published recently (in most cases). There are a few of these that were published last year but most have been released in some sort of recent interconnected metaphysical explosion of examination of Philip K. Dick.

 

 

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Works In Print Section Content Refresh

I have been working on a content refresh/updating of the Works In Print Section to include items that have been released since the last update of the pages and updating the links to the new(ish?) look that Amazon is using.

I have completed the updates on the Short Story Collections page and the Film And Television (formerly titled Movies) page. I realized that some of these pages are very out of date and there have been many new items published. I will continue to post updates on the progress made on the content refresh as they are completed.

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Precious Artifacts 2 Published

Precious Artifacts 2 – A Philip K. Dick Bibliography – The Short Stories: United States of America, United Kingdom and Oceania 1952-2014 has been published as a trade paperback and is now available for purchase on Createspace.com or Amazon.com. From the Wide Books announcement:

In this second volume of Precious Artifacts, David Hyde and Henri Wintz take us on another journey back in time looking at Philip K. Dick’s short story publication history. This fully illustrated bibliography covers 125 short stories written by Philip K. Dick between 1952 and 1981. It is full of details on the stories themselves, the editors who published them, the magazines, anthologies and collections they appeared in, as well as the artists who illustrated them. The bibliography covers not only editions of the books and pulp magazines from the United States and the United Kingdom, but also rare publications from Australia and New Zealand.

The hardback edition of the bibliography is also available in limited quantities and can be ordered at www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html, Amazon.com or Wide Books. The trade paperback can be ordered at Amazon.com, Createspace.com or Wide Books also.

If you have questions about the book, please contact the authors at precious_artifacts[at]pkdickbooks[dot]com.

Home Page: www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html
Wide Books: www.wide-books.com/catalog.html
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PreciousArtifacts

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Interview with the Creators of Precious Artifacts: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography

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Henri Wintz and David Hyde agreed to an email interview about their recently published bibliography, Precious Artifacts : A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, USA and UK Editions, 1955-2012.

Why did we write the book considering much of the information is already available online?

Certainly there is a lot of bibliographic information about PKD’s editions online and scattered over many websites in many languages. The common perception that you can find anything online is true. In the case of Philip K. Dick the fan need only go to PKDickbooks.com to find an excellent bibliographic resource (and I must note that my partner in the publication of PA, Henri Wintz, is proprietor of PKDickbooks.com). It may be that in the future everything will be in the Internet cloud and books will become a thing of the past like ancient pottery, which is why our title – Precious Artifacts – is perfect; When Henri suggested it I instantly knew this was our title. In short, we love books.

Why create the bibliography now?

Why not? We can’t wait till we’re dead to do it. Both Henri and I have separately been compiling our own bibliographies for years. I started making notes back around 1985 and Henri, too, became a PKD fan in the 80s. It so happened that our separate bibliographies neared completion around the same time. I wanted to publish a PKD bibliography, or, rather, a series of PKD bibliographies, starting with the USA and UK editions in 2010 and I contacted Henri with the proposition that we work together on this. And here we are, the first volume is done.

How long did it take to put the book together?

We began work in earnest in early 2011. So it has taken a year and a half to reach publication. About six months of that on copy editing alone.

What was the process you used to put the book together? How did you work as a team to create it?

Henri and I are completely different. He’s the consummate professional and, indeed, is a scientist working as editorial director at a biotech firm in California. I’m the complete amateur who has the goal in mind and tackles things as they come. So, there’s a huge gap between the ways we usually do things. I think Henri realized early on that my tools were primitive and my computer knowledge outdated so he assumed control of the technical and design aspects of manuscript preparation and making sure we had high quality images for the PKD cover pictures. I did a lot of the writing. Once we established a steady method of communication by email we swapped ideas and clarified issues. But we remained autonomous to a large degree, straightforward decisions we each made routinely. One thing we agreed on was that this would be a quality book. With damn-near 50 years of PKD knowledge between us we knew what we were doing and wanted to do it right.

How did you approach the book differently than the Levack book?

As the first published English language PKD bibliography, Levack’s book served as inspiration and model to us. Our cover, designed by Nick Buchanan, is based on Levack’s cover. We also referenced the Galactic Central PKD bibliography. The first thing we wanted to do was make our edition full color and to bring everything up to date. Levack was published in 1981, that’s thirty years ago. Levack also has many foreign editions described in his bibliography and a section covering PKD’s short stories and other writings. We decided for space reasons that with so many USA, UK and other English language PKD editions published since 1955 that we would confine the first volume of Precious Artifacts to the novels and major story collections. As it is on publication Precious Artifacts has 140 pages.

Did you use PKDickbooks.com as a resource?

Yes, we did. PKDickbooks.com is the online standard in PKD bibliographies, it is the most complete in English language editions and I carefully checked my own bibliography against Henri’s. Having two bibliographies to compare helped us find errors, variant editions, and generally tightened up our combined bibliography – Precious Artifacts.

What did you add to the book that’s not available on the website?

Henri’s online bibliography is like a database organized around the cover images of all the PKD books he’s collected and found online. There’s all kinds of information there sorted in many ways, his website is huge and modern. What we added to our book was the publication details of PKD’s books – all the bibliographic data about book types, dates, cover artists, ISBN, and any other information we knew that fit within a traditional definition of a bibliography – number of pages, cover price, publishers marks, etc. As Precious Artifacts is the first in a series of PKD bibliographies, we have added introductory essays on rare book collecting, collecting signed editions, a brief Philip K. Dick biography, and in the back we have a glossary of bibliographic terms, a PKD chronology, and a guide to the collectable editions of PKD written by Frank Hollander. Our book is intended for fans of PKD and also book collectors.

How do you plan on updating the bibliography to keep it current?

Henri’s website and our Facebook page will be where we note new editions and useful information. Eventually, we will publish supplements in similar format to Precious Artifacts so the owners of our book will have a nice looking row of books on their bookshelves as we extend the series into the short story editions of PKD and foreign language editions.

Will you do foreign language editions?

Our intention is to do foreign language editions. Next up is the short story bibliography in English and then the French editions. We’re going with France first because Henri is French and knows the language and his website already has a large French bibliography. Then on to other languages like Spanish, German, Italian, Polish. We already have incomplete bibliographies in over twenty languages.

When is the hardcover available?

The hardcover is available now. This is a limited edition of 100 and they’re selling fast. We decided to add a hardcover edition because we wanted durability and to offer the PKD fans an edition that we believe will appreciate in value as a collectable hardcover book.

Anything to add?

Henri and I will be at the Philip K. Dick Festival in San Francisco over the weekend of September 22nd/23rd 2012. There we will talk about Precious Artifacts and have some hardcovers and paperbacks for sale which we will gladly autograph for the fans. We’ll also talk about collecting PKD books and have an Antiques Roadshow sort of thing where we evaluate books that the attendees bring to the festival.

This Philip K. Dick bibliography project that we have embarked on is probably something we will never finish. But we shall continue as long as we can. With our foreign language volumes we intend not only bibliographies but also knowledgeable articles about science fiction development in foreign lands focused around Philip K. Dick. Many countries have different publishing traditions than those in the USA and UK and these traditions are often fascinating in themselves. When complete out series of PKD bibliographies will present a history of the global science fiction publishing industry for the last sixty years.

Precious Artifacts CoverPrecious Artifacts : A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, USA and UK Editions, 1955-2012 has been published and is now available for purchase on Createspace.com or Amazon.com as a trade paperback. The hardback edition of the bibliography can be ordered at www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html.

If you have questions about the book, please contact them at precious_artifacts[at]pkdickbooks[dot]com.

Home Page: www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PreciousArtifacts

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Precious Artifacts Published

Precious Artifacts CoverPrecious Artifacts : A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, USA and UK Editions, 1955-2012 has been published as a trade paperback and is now available for purchase on Createspace.com or Amazon.com. From the The Philip K. Dick Bookshelf announcement:

Precious Artifacts is a fully illustrated bibliography of the novels and major story collections of Philip K. Dick published in the USA and UK. It covers almost 60 years of PKD publications with close to 600 editions referenced with full-color cover art. Fans of Philip K. Dick will find herein a trove of information and details on PKD’s books including knowledgeable essays on collecting books, a useful guide to collecting rare editions, a glossary of bibliographic terms and a chronology of PKD’s novels.

The hardback edition of the bibliography will be available soon and can be preordered at www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html. The trade paperback can be ordered at Amazon.com or Createspace.com.

If you have questions about the book, please contact them at precious_artifacts[at]pkdickbooks[dot]com.

Home Page: www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PreciousArtifacts

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Precious Artifacts Announcement

Precious Artifacts CoverDavid Hyde (Lord Running Clam) and Henri Wintz are close to publishing their PKD bibliography, PRECIOUS ARTIFACTS: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, USA and UK Editions, 1955-2012. What promises to be an amazing accomplishment and update to all previous biographies is scheduled to be published in June. They have also launched a Kickstarter project in support of this book and you can pledge there and receive one of their great rewards. And also started a Facebook page where they discuss the book and their progress towards publication in June 2012. To help spread the word, please ‘like’ and ‘share’ their book on your networks.

Home Page: www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html
Kickstarter page: www.kickstarter.com/projects/495272397/precious-artifacts-a-pictorial-philip-k-dick-bibli
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PreciousArtifacts

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Public Domain Philip K. Dick Stories

I sense something brewing with the issue of incorrectly managed copyright renewals and Public Domain Philip K. Dick stories. We have already seen the news about the producers refusing to finish paying for the rights to Adjustment Team and there are eleven stories that have been put into Project Gutenberg that I have archived on this site also. These facts appear to be generally known.

At SFFaudio.com there have been two articles that makes me believe first that they are researching the topic and second that there are many other short stories that are now in the Public Domain that few people realize. Their article Commentary: Philip K. Dick’s PUBLIC DOMAIN short stories, novelettes and novellas is the most stunning for me. The article details the status of each story and I count twenty-six in the Public Domain with seven more likely.

These are the stories in the Public Domain:

  1. Beyond Lies The Wub
  2. The Gun
  3. The Skull
  4. The Defenders
  5. Mr. Spaceship
  6. Piper In The Woods
  7. Second Variety
  8. The Eyes Have It
  9. The Hanging Stranger
  10. Tony And The Beetles
  11. Beyond The Door
  12. The Crystal Crypt
  13. The Golden Man
  14. Prominent Author
  15. Small Town
  16. The Turning Wheel
  17. Breakfast At Twilight
  18. Exhibit Piece
  19. Shell Game
  20. Adjustment Team
  21. Meddler
  22. The Last of the Masters (aka Protection Agency)
  23. Progeny
  24. Upon The Dull Earth
  25. Foster, You’re Dead
  26. Human Is
These are the stories likely in the Public Domain:

  1. Roog
  2. James P. Crow
  3. Survey Team
  4. Time Pawn
  5. The Chromium Fence
  6. A Surface Raid
  7. Vulcan’s Hammer

Another article,Copyfraud by the Philip K. Dick estate for Philip K. Dick stories published in 1954 and 1955, color codes a copyright form and most of the stories are listed to be in publications or issues that they do not appear in. The vividness of this image jumps out at the reader.

This is the list of incorrect entries:

  1. Shell Game
  2. James P. Crow
  3. The Golden Man
  4. Small Town
  5. Survey Team
  6. Foster, You’re Dead!
  7. Upon the Dull Earth
  8. The Turning Wheel
  9. Prominent Author
  10. Sales Pitch
  11. Breakfast at Twilight
  12. Of Withered Apples
  13. Jon’s World
  14. The Crawlers
  15. Time Pawn
  16. A World of Talent
  17. Adjustment Team
  18. Souvenir
  19. Progeny
  20. Human Is
  21. Meddler
  22. The Last of the Masters (aka Protection Agency)
  23. Strange Eden
  24. Exhibit Piece
  25. The Father-thing

There is some overlap but I think that the years covered are 1952-1955 and that the research beyond those years hasn’t occurred yet. At the rate this is going there won’t be much that isn’t in the Public Domain. This would be a huge waste of potential revenue that Electric Shepherd Productions will lose if they no longer own the rights to all these stories. And I’m not aware of the legal aspects or issues if any of the films made have recourse to sue for fraud.

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Philip K. Dick Novels And Stories Referred To Throughout “The Exegesis”

Rt Rev Allen Greenfield made this comment on the “About The Site” page which I thought was an excellent question I couldn’t fully answer:

Has someone come up with a list of the PKD books and stories he refers to throughout The Exegesis. I’ve read all of his books, pretty much as they appeared, even the recent mainstream overdue fine novels, but far less of the short stories. I am asking because I would like to tell my less avid readers which are the “must reads first” before taking on The Exegesis. Some are obvious, some less so.

I would list these novels and stories I’m not sure:

Eye in the Sky (1957)
Time Out of Joint (1959)
The Man in the High Castle (1962)
The Penultimate Truth (1964)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965)
Now Wait for Last Year (1966)
The Unteleported Man(1966)/“Lies, Inc.” (1984) (Revision of The Unteleported Man(1966))
Galactic Pot-Healer (1969)
Ubik (1969)
A Maze of Death (1970)
“Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said” (1974)
A Scanner Darkly (1977)

But I am not an expert in this area and I wanted to put the comment out on the home page for discussion. Please comment, and add or delete from my list as you need.

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VALBS Is Here!

For those of you not familiar with VALBS (Vast Active Living Bibliographic System), the site is a bibliography of Secondary Texts on Philip K. Dick. It contains references to essays, books, interviews, dissertations and even fanzines about PKD. For scholars, students and others researching Philip K. Dick, this is an invaluable resource to identify sources, perform research or even have your own PKD related work listed. David Gill at totaldickhead interviewed Umberto Rossi in 2009 if you are interested in a much more information about VALBS.

Just over a month ago Umberto Rossi, the current curator (as I like to think of him) of VALBS, approached me to see if he could move the site over to philipkdickfans.com to provide a permanent location for the site because he was having hosting issues. The files provided were converted into the pages of the site and combed over to fix any errors found in the conversion. And there were many! Finally we are at the point where we are confident that most of the issues with the conversion have been fixed and have made the site live as the new permanent home for VALBS. There will be a transition period in which both locations will be available but I hope that it will be short and most of the traffic will come to this site and not the older version.

As the first page of the VALBS site states:

This is an interactive bibliography. Corrections and additions are welcome. If you wish to inform us about anything you have published concerning the works of Philip K. Dick, please send a message to teacher[at]fastwebnet[dot]it

So if you see an issue feel free to email and it will be corrected. The link to the VALBS is in the More Philip K. Dick Resources box at the top right of the page.

I’m very happy and proud to bring this resource to philipkdickfans.com!

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