Time Out of Joint is Philip K. Dick’s classic depiction of the disorienting disparity between the world as we think it is and the world as it actually is. The year is 1998, although Ragle Gumm doesn’t know that. He thinks it’s 1959. He also thinks that he served in World War II, that he lives... read more
“The fifty-cent piece fell away, down through the wood, sinking. It vanished.I'm dying, Ragle thought. Or something.Fright seized him. He tried to speak, but his lips did not move for him. caught up in the silence.Not again, he thought.Not again!It's happening to me again.The soft-drink stand fell into bits. Molecules. He saw the molecules, colorless, without qualities, that made it up. Then he saw through, into the space beyond it; he saw the hill behind, the trees and sky. He saw the soft-drink stand go out of existence, along with the counter man, the cash register, the big dispenser of orange drink, the taps for Coke and root beer, the ice-chests of bottles, the hot dog broiler, the jars of mustard, the shelves of cones, the row of heavy round metal lids under which were the different ice creams.In its place was a slip of paper. He reached out his hand and took hold of the slip of paper. On it was printing, block letters.SOFT-DRINK STAND”
The odd thing in this world is that an eager-beaver type, with no original ideas, who mimes those in authority above him right to the last twist of necktie and scrape of chin, always gets noticed.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
We have a hodge-podge of leaks in our reality, he said to himself. A drop here, a couple of drops over in that corner. A moist spot forming on the ceiling. But where’s it getting in? What’s it mean?Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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