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"I can't put you under," the voice of the ship sounded inside Kemming's head. "The malfunction is too elaborate; I can't correct it and I can't repair it. You will be conscious for ten years."

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49C   July 1985 THE DIVINE INVASION THE GOLDEN MAN (Col.) Collection
See "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon"

FIRST EDITIONS


HISTORY

    The manuscript for the short sory "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" reached the SMLA on April 24, 1980. It was sold to Playboy Magazine and was first published in the Dec 1980 issue under the title "Frozen Journey."

    The story lent its title to Mark Hurst and Paul Williams’ collection I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON (1985) and also to editions of this collection in the United Kingdom (Gollancz 1986, Grafton 1988). A paperback edition is also available in the USA from St. Martin’s Press (1987). In 1999 Harper Collins Publishers printed the story in THE PLAYBOY BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION.

    Says Paul Williams:

    When Mark Hurst and I put together this collection, I told Doubleday I would supply story notes and asked them to give me a deadline. I never heard from them and, I'm sorry to say, I didn't nudge them until it was too late.

    By way of apology, then, here's a little bit of background: {…}"Exit Door" earned Phil a large fee, but "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" was really his first sale to a recognized major short story market (Playboy), closely followed by "Rautavaara's Case" (Omni). "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" was Phil's original title; the story appeared in Playboy as "Frozen Journey". It later won the Playboy Award for best short story of the year by a new contributor, and appeared in Terry Carr's "Best Of The Year" collection. Ray Torrence is a real person, a PKDS member."

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PKDS-8 9

Doubleday's new collection of PKD stories, I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON, was published in late June{...}

When Mark Hurst and I put together this collection, I told Doubleday I would supply story notes and asked them to give me a deadline. I never heard from them and, I'm sorry to say, I didn't nudge them until it was too late.

By way of apology, then, here's a little bit of background: the introduction "How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Three Days Later", was clearly written as a speech, in early 1978. I'm fairly certain it was never delivered, and it seems likely it was written for an appearance scheduled at the University of Missouri in Rolls, May 5, 1978, that Phil cancelled at the last minute.

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"Exit Door" earned Phil a large fee, but "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" was really his first sale to a recognized major short story market (Playboy), closely followed by "Rautavaara's Case" (Omni). "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" was Phil's original title; the story appeared in Playboy as "Frozen Journey". It later won the Playboy Award for best short story of the year by a new contributor, and appeared in Terry Carr's "Best Of The Year" collection. Ray Torrence is a real person, a PKDS member.

Philip K. Dick: Confessions Of A SF Artist

Valis is planned for release in February, 1981, and marks the beginning of Dick's first series, possibly a trilogy. The author's next work to hit the newsstands will be a short story in the December Playboy, entitled "Frozen Journey," which Dick says he likes more than the last few stories he's had published. Two recent works can be found in last month's Omni and in the Stellar #5 anthology. {Denver Clarion, October 23, 1980. Interview by George Cain and Dana Longo}

Playboy Dec 1980: "Playbill" p.5

Speaking of captives, imagine yourself locked in a two-by-six-foot box, half awake and bound for a journey through space that will take ten years. That’s precisely the horror Philip K. Dick’s tragic hero faces in Frozen journey, illustrated by Pater Sato. This is the first Playboy appearance for Dick, the renowned science-fiction author of more than 30 novels (his best known is THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE).

Playboy Dec 1980: "Contents" p.8

It’s rough being neurotic, even with plenty of earthly distractions and a good shrink. But when you’re going crazy on a spaceship with only a computer to help you, snapping is, well, a snap.

RFPKD #7 p20

PKD’s short story "Frozen Journey" is included in the new hardcover anthology, 45 Years Of Science Fiction in Playboy (the magazine) from HarperPrism…

PKD OTAKU #8, Jan 2003, p5 – 6

All in all, except for burning myself out writing a goddamn literary novel things are just great for me… Did you see my story in the December Playboy? I won an award for it, a trophy and a thousand dollars…. {PKD to Cathy , Oct 1, 1981}


COLLECTOR'S NOTES

Phildickian: "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" in I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON {Ed. Mark Hurst and Paul Williams}, Doubleday, hb, 1985 (1st). FINE/FINE. As new in dj. $90

Abebooks: "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" in I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON {Ed. Mark Hurst and Paul Williams}, Doubleday, hb, 1985 (1st). FINE/FINE. $35

Vagabond Books: "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" in I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON {Ed. Mark Hurst and Paul Williams}, Doubleday, hb, 1985 (1st). AS NEW. No remainder marks. $65

Phildickian: "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" in I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON {Ed. Mark Hurst and Paul Williams}, Doubleday, hb, 1985 (1st). VG/G+. The book is tight with moderate edgewear and bumping at the spine ends. The dust jacket while still relatively attractive does have a sizeable chip to the top spine end that goes around to the first part of the rear panel. There is some rubbing and creasing, covered in a brodart. $20

Phildickian: "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" in I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON {Ed. Mark Hurst and Paul Williams}, Gollancz, hb, 1986 (1st UK). NF/NF. $75

Rudy’s Books: "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" in I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON {Ed. Mark Hurst and Paul Williams}, Gollancz, hb, 1986 (1st UK). NF/NF. $85


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