- War Veteran
War Veteran is a
science fictionshort story by Philip K. Dick. First published in If magazine in March 1955.
The plot concerns an old man who appears to have travelled back in time from a future in which
Earthhas lost a devastating war to its own Martianand Venusiancolonies. The man turns out to be a synthetic human, designed to trick the Earth people into believing they could never win the war, forcing them to make peace. The android of the story is a forerunner of the kind (named replicantin the film Blade Runner) that appears in Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
This story shows how pent up racial tension is a dangerous tool. And as always with Dick, not everything is what it seems to be.
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