"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.
Amazing Cold War SciFi
There is so much I want to say about this story, but so as not to spoil it, I'll just say that it is so worth reading.
Philip K. Dick was a great writer with troubles aplenty in life. I enjoy his stories even though his layers of reality often make it difficult for me to follow exactly what IS real. This story was upfront with a feel-good twist at the end.