"William E. Emba|
In the future, earth is overcrowded, and nearly the only
relief is provided by one-way teleportation to a star
several light years away, containing a rare earth-like
planet. But one man is suspicious of the alleged
and vows to independently investigate using his own
despite needing to travel for 18 years each way.
Mathematics shows up in four places. The one-way nature
of the teleportation is always attributed to "Theorem
described in quasiphysics gibberish. The smoking gun of
various suspicions is provided by an implausible
hidden in an allegedly recorded-live broadcast. A bit of
explanation about the use of binary in coding is engaged
And secret communication is done by reconstructing
sent under the noise.
The potential reader should be warned that finding a
text of this work (all editions are out of print, but a
many are listed on http://www.abebooks.com) is not a
operation. The original 1964 version was a magazine
At Ace's request, Dick expanded it into a full novel, but
publisher didn't think the new material fit in with the
so the original short version was published as part of
In 1983, the expanded version was published by Berkley.
Unfortunately, a few manuscript pages were missing by
and there are three clearly-marked gaps in the text.
later turned up, and were published in "The Philip K Dick
Society Newsletter" issue #8. The missing pages can be
on-line at philipkdick.com.
To add to the confusion, LIES, INC., the British edition,
has its own somewhat different rewrite and missing pages
One may take metafictional consolation, knowing that this
textual unreliability is not only appropriate when
Dick in general, it is even more so in this work, which
protagonists not sure what to do in the face of mutually
inconsistent multiple editions of one very important
(At least the mathematical aspects are the same in all