Small Town


TTHC 389: Manuscript received at SMLA Mar 23, 1953                  

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Planet For Transients   Chronology Souvenir


(1954 May): AMAZING (1954 May): AMAZING {ill. by B. Krigstein}

(1954 Aug): AMAZING (UK) Vol.2#5
(1967 Apr): AMAZING
(1980): THE GOLDEN MAN {Ed.: Hurst}
(1987): SECOND VARIETY, not in Citadel Twilight

THE GOLDEN MAN story notes by PKD

"Small Town"

    Here the frustrations of a defeated small person -- small in terms of power, in particular power over others -- gradually become transformed into something sinister: the force of death. In rereading this story (which is of course a fantasy, not science fiction) I am impressed by the subtle change which takes place in the protagonist from Trod Upon to Treader. Verne Haskel initially appears as the prototype of the impotent human being, but this conceals a drive at his core self which is anything but weak. It is as if I am saying, The put-upon person may be very dangerous. Be careful as to how you misuse him; he may be a mask for thanatos: the antagonist of life; he may not secretly wish to rule; he may wish to destroy.

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