"The Defenders" is a 1953 science fiction short story by American author Philip K. Dick, and the basis for Dick's 1964 novel The Penultimate Truth. It is one of several of his short stories to be expanded into a novel. The short story was first published in the January 1953 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction.
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A common thought is that throughout the centuries, even with all our technological change, human being haven't changed that much; at our core human beings are as aggressive as we were at the dawn history. This short story presents an interesting variation on this theme. The writing is succinct and ironic, while the plot is clear and yet intriguing. Great little read. I can see why so many of his short stories have been turned into movies. Sad though that he couldn't enjoy his eventual financial success.
Very readable and entertaining for the zeitgeist it captures, if a bit juvenile and predictable.
It could never happen.
I loved this story, but mankind will never achieve the goal of true peace. It is not in our nature.
A very original story line. It is worth the five starts.