A Time for George Stavros

A Time for George Stavros

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author = Philip K. Dick
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country = United States
language = English
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genre = Novel
publisher = Unpublished
release_date = Written c. 1955
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media_type = Manuscript (presumed lost)
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"A Time for George Stavros" is an early, unpublished, non-science fiction novel by author Philip K. Dick. It was written sometime around 1955, a time when Dick was getting his science fiction published but still dreamed of being a mainstream writer.

Plot introduction

According to Lawrence Sutin's book, "Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick", (1989) the plot survives only as an index card synopsis from the publisher dated 10/24/56, after the manuscript had already been rejected one time. The reader's comments on the rewrite as follows:

:"Didn't like this before & still don't. Long, rambling, glum novel about 65 yr old Greek immigrant who has a weakling son, a second son about whom he's indifferent, a wife who doesn't love him (She's being unfaithful to him). Nothing much happens. Guy, selling garage & retiring, tries to buy another garage in new development, has a couple of falls, dies at end. Point is murky but seems to be that world is disintegrating, Stavros supposed to be symbol of vigorous individuality now a lost commodity."

In a letter from 1960, the author himself commented on the titular character in an unexpectedly optimistic fashion:

:"Contact with vile persons does not blight or contaminate or doom the really superior; a man can go on and be successful, if he just keeps struggling. There is no trick that the wicked can play on the good that will ultimately be successful; the good are protected by God, or at least by their virtue."


Much of the plot for this lost novel was apparently re-treaded and re-used in Dick's later non-SF novel, Humpty Dumpty in Oakland (written 1960, published 1987). As Dick was writing "Humpty" at roughly the same time he wrote the letter above, this might explain his uncharacteristically cheery assessment of the character.


*Bibliography of Philip K. Dick

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