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A Game Of Unchance


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Cantata 140   Chronology The Little Black Box

(1964 JUL): AMAZING
(1964 JUL): AMAZING {ill. by Schelling}

(1970 Fall): SF GREATS #19
(1980): THE GOLDEN MAN {Ed.: Mark Hurst} Berkley, pb, 04288, 1980

(1984): ROBOTS, ANDROIDS AND MECHANICAL ODDITIES (1984): ROBOTS, ANDROIDS AND MECHANICAL ODDITIES,

 

(1987): THE LITTLE BLACK BOX/THE EYE OF THE SIBYL
(1991): WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE, Grafton,

THE GOLDEN MAN story notes by PKD

"A Game Of Unchance"

    I feel the same way about this litle story as I do about Harlan Ellison: I love the little bastard. it's a well-constructed story, with what for me (in rereading it) is a totally unexpected ending. A carnival is feral; another carnival shows up and is pitted against the first one; and the antithetical interaction is preplanned in such a way that the first carnival wins. It's as if the two opposing forces that underlie all change in the universe are rigged; in favor of thanatos, the dark force, yin or strife, which is to say, the force of destruction.


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