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The Skull

Philip K. Dick

Book Overview: 

The Skull, is a skilful mesh of time travel, unscrupulous governments, prisoners, and religion. With an assassin thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A few more wars and there wouldn't be much left of the world.

"The Founder was an obscure person from a small town in the American Middle West. We don't even know his name. All we know is that one day he appeared, preaching a doctrine of non-violence, non-resistance; no fighting, no paying taxes for guns, no research except for medicine. Live out your life quietly, tending your garden, staying out of public affairs; mind your own business. Be obscure, unknown, poor. Give away most of your possessions, leave the city. At least that was what developed from what he told the people."

The car dropped down and landed on a roof.

"The Founder preached this doctrine, or the germ of it; there's no telling how much the faithful have added themselves. The local authorities picked him up at once, of course. Apparently they were convinced that he meant it; he was never released. He was put to death, and his body buried secretly. It seemed that. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Review subtitle: There is so much more than meets the eye...

One reads this short-story and tells himself/herself: "I guessed the ending after reading only seven pages." And "The Skull has a blunt anti-war message, but so have a thousand other short-stories."

True and true, but that's not the (ulti

"What action would not be futile, when a man could look upon his own aged, yellowed skull?”

In Philip K. Dick's "The Skull" (first published in 1952), a prison inmate is given a second chance...The man, Conger, must go back in time and kill a mysterious and controversial religious leader (the Founde

“Live out your life quietly, tending your garden, staying out of public affairs; mind your own business. Be obscure, unknown, poor. Give away most of your possessions, leave the city.”
A cleverly delivered manifesto of non-violence.

The Problem About Time Travel

Philip K. Dick’s short story The Skull (1952) is probably less original and surprising today than it was at the time it was written because unlike Dick, we had to go through a phase of “Back to the Future” movies, starting in the middle of the eighties, which explored an

Coincidentally I read it two weeks before Christmas.

The title is rather misleading for me. I assumed a rather grim tale, but I was wrong. The conclusion of the story is heartwarming, and as other reviews had revealed, The Founder in the story is obviously based on Jesus Christ.

This review is my earl

One of the pleasures of early Dick is that, because of his unusual treatment of otherwise hackneyed plot devices, even the oldest stories seldom strike the reader as old. I have to admit, though, that “The Skull” (first published in the magazine If in 1952)—is the lamentable exception. After all, at

Sci-fy/time travel short story from the 1950's. A little on the creepy side also.

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