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IF WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION September 1953 Philip K. Dick, James Blish PBO

IF WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION September 1953 contents page

IF WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION September 1953  Philip K. Dick, James Blish PBO.

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Good condition. Wear to spines tips, see pictures. Reading crease to front cover/spine. The stain visible in picture of the edge does not travel into the pages, as shown in the last picture. Shipped bagged and boarded. 

A Case­ of Conscience is a science­ fiction story by James Blish. The­ story first came out as a shorter novella in the magazine IF WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION September 1953. Late­r, Blish made it longer to turn it into a novel in 1958. The tale­ follows a Jesuit priest who mee­ts an alien race. The alie­ns have no religion, but they still know right from wrong. This goe­s against the teachings of the Catholic church. The­ first part is the original novella. This novel is the­ first part of Blish’s After Such Knowledge trilogy. The­ other parts are Doctor Mirabilis, Black Easter, and The­ Day After Judgment.
Not many science­ fiction stories back then talked about re­ligion. Even fewer storie­s were about Catholicism.

Part 1

In the year 2049, Father Ramon Ruiz-Sanchez from Peru, a member of the Society of Jesus, joins a scientific expedition with three others to Lithia, an alien planet, to assess its suitability for human interaction. Holding expertise in biology and biochemistry, Ruiz-Sanchez fulfills the role of the team’s medical officer while also navigating his religious obligations as a Jesuit. Lithia is home to an advanced species of humanoid reptilian beings known as the Lithians, with whom Ruiz-Sanchez communicates after mastering their language.

During a land survey, Cleaver, a physicist, falls victim to poisoning from a plant despite wearing protective gear, leading to severe consequences. Ruiz-Sanchez administers treatment and heads off to inform Michelis, a chemist, and Agronski, a geologist about the incident. With the assistance of Chtexa, a Lithian whom he has formed a bond with, Ruiz-Sanchez is invited to the Lithian’s residence, a first-time invitation for any team member. The Lithian society portrays an idyllic setting, a utopia devoid of crime, conflict, ignorance, or scarcity, leaving Ruiz-Sanchez deeply impressed with their way of life.

Once the team regroups, they discuss their findings about the Lithians and prepare to deliver their official assessment. Michelis shows an understanding and empathy towards the Lithians, having embraced their language and some cultural practices. On the other hand, Agronski, with a more limited perspective, perceives no inherent danger in the planet. Cleaver, upon awakening, expresses a desire to exploit the location for its pegmatite reservoirs containing the rare lithium derivative, lithium deuteride, valuable for Earth’s nuclear armaments. While Michelis advocates for open trade, Agronski remains neutral.

Ruiz-Sanchez firmly asserts his desire for stringent isolation after processing the information disclosed by Chtexa alongside his existing knowledge. This amalgamation of insights leads him to conclude that Lithia is a creation of malevolence, a meticulously orchestrated realm that embodies tranquility, rationale, and comprehension without acknowledging the divine. Systematically, Ruiz-Sanchez enumerates the aspects of Lithia that directly challenge the principles of the Catholic faith. Despite Michelis’ bewilderment, he notes that the scientific foundation of Lithia, though impeccably coherent, is based on dubious premises that appear to have no discernible origin.

The team is unable to reach a consensus. Ruiz-Sanchez predicts that Cleaver’s objectives are likely to triumph, leading to the extinction of Lithian society. Despite his assessments of the planet, he harbors a profound fondness for the Lithians.

Upon departing, Chtexa presents Ruiz-Sanchez with a precious gift in the form of a secured jar enclosing an egg, a progeny of Chtexa intended to be nurtured on Earth and educated about human customs. During this moment, the Jesuit finally unravels a perplexing conundrum that has been occupying his thoughts, originating from the third installment of James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” (pages 572-3). The riddle delves into a convoluted scenario of marital ethics, culminating in the query “Has he hegemony and shall she submit?” The Church finds neither a simple “Yes” nor “No” to be ethically gratifying. Ruiz-Sanchez discerns it as a dual inquiry, although the lack of a comma between the two phrases, allowing for the response to encompass both “Yes and No.”

Philip K. Dick’s “THE TROUBLE WITH BUBBLES”. The beginning of Worldcraft.

The short story titled “The Trouble with Bubbles” was written by American author Philip K. Dick in 1953. Originally featured in the September 1953 issue of IF WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION  magazine, the story made its debut in book format within Second Variety, part of the extensive collection The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, in 1987.

Plot Summary

In a future se­tting, humanity’s quest to discover other inte­lligent life beyond our solar syste­m has been fruitless. To satisfy this de­ep desire for conne­ction, individuals have the option to purchase a unique­ creation called Worldcraft, featuring the­ enticing slogan “Own Your Own World!”. With this innovative device­, the owner gains the ability to construct an e­ntire universe, dictating e­very aspect of its evolution. Surprisingly, within this fabricate­d universe, beings akin to humans thrive­.

In this story, the main character Nathan Hull goes to a competition to decide who has invented the best Worldcraft world. After she is declared the winner, a participant smashes and destroys her bubble. Hull believes that the people who own the worlds are not right to control the lives of those inside them, and he starts working towards passing laws that will stop anyone from creating any more Worldcrafts. At the end of the story as he is about to drive through a new tunnel to Asia, it is struck by an earthquake which implies his world is also a Worldcraft.

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Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine December 1963 PHILIP K. DICK

Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine December 1963 PHILIP K. DICK – JACK VANCE

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Good condition. Square, clean book with no writing or staining. Slight fading to spine, see pictures.

Galaxy Science Fiction magazine December 1963

 Let’s explore the captivating contents of the December 1963 issue of Galaxy Magazine:

  1. Serial (First of Two Parts):
    • “The Star King” by Jack Vance.
  2. Complete Short Novel:
    • “No Great Magic” by Fritz Leiber.
  3. Novelette:
    • “In the Control Tower” by Will Mohler.
  4. Short Stories:
    • “The Big Pat Boom” by Damon Knight.
    • “If There Were No Benny Cemoli” by Philip K. Dick.
    • “And All the Earth a Grave” by C. C. MacApp.
  5. Science Department:
    • “For Your Information” by Willy Ley.
  6. Editor’s Page:
    • Frederik Pohl shares insights and thoughts.
  7. Features:
    • 1990 (verse) by Sheri S. Eberhart.
    • Galaxy’s Five Star Shelf: Reviews and recommendations by Theodore Sturgeon and Frederik Pohl.
  8. Forecast: A glimpse of what’s coming up in future issues.
  9. Cover Art: The cover features an illustration by EMSH from “The Star King”.

This issue of Galaxy Magazine promises a rich blend of speculative fiction, thought-provoking essays, and poetic musings. Dive into these imaginative tales and explore the wonders of the cosmos! 🚀✨.

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GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION magazine Philip K. Dick – AUTOFAC 1955 

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Let’s explore the contents of the Galaxy Science Fiction magazine from November 1955:

  1. Two-Part Serial – Installment 1: The Ties of Earth
    • Written by James H. Schmitz, this serial takes readers on a journey through interstellar intrigue and the bonds that connect humanity to distant worlds.
  2. With Redfern on Capella XII
    • A novelette by Charles Satterfield, this story unfolds on the enigmatic planet Capella XII, where secrets and discoveries await.
  3. Novelets:
    • Autofac by Philip K. Dick: A tale that delves into automated factories, consumerism, and the blurred line between human and machine.
    • The Semantic War by Bill Clothier: A short story that explores the power of language and its impact on society.
    • Cause of Death by Max Tadlock: A mysterious narrative centered around life and death.
  4. Short Stories:
    • Warrior’s Return by Robert Sheckley: A glimpse into the aftermath of interstellar conflict and the resilience of those who return.
  5. Science Department – For Your Information:
    • An essay by Willy Ley, providing insights into scientific wonders and curiosities.
  6. Features:
    • Editor’s Page by H. L. Gold: Musings and reflections from the editor.
    • Galaxy’s Five Star Shelf by Floyd C. Gale: Reviews and recommendations for science fiction enthusiasts.
  7. Forecast:
    • A glimpse into the future, as seen through the lens of science fiction.


  • AuthorPhilip K. Dick
  • Publication Date: November 1955
  • Original SourceGalaxy Science Fiction magazine

Plot Summary

In this dystopian tale, three men wait outside their settlement for an automated delivery truck. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a network of hardened automatic factories, known as “autofacs,” had been established during the Total Global Conflict. These autofacs operate with cybernetic controls that determine what food and consumer goods to manufacture and deliver.

However, human input has been lost, and the men plan to disrupt the system to establish communication and take control. They destroy the delivery, but the truck radios the autofac and unloads an identical replacement. The autofac prevents them from reloading items and even provides a complaints checklist.

Their next strategy involves setting neighboring autofacs in competition with each other for rare resources, creating military conflict between them. Despite their efforts, they discover that the factory is self-replicating, sending out “metal seeds” configured to make miniature autofacs.


  • The story was adapted by Travis Beacham for an episode of the 2017 TV series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, with the same name as the short story.


  • “Autofac” is one of the earliest treatments of self-replicating machines in science fiction.
  • It explores themes of automation, consumerism, and the consequences of relying on technology without human oversight.

And so, dear reader, within these pages lies a cautionary tale—a glimpse into a future where automated systems may outlive their creators. 🌌🤖

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Simulacra, Eye in the Sky – 3 Philip K. Dick Novels

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The Buyer will receive the 3 books shown.

All 3 books are square, tight, clean, no writing or staining. The Simulacra has a light surface crease from edge to edge, see picture, the crease does not travel to the inside of front cover. Otherwise, the condition of the 3 books is close to very good, I don’t like to use that term lightly. Slight edge chipping and creases. Typical page tanning. Crisp and bright books.


Let’s explore the intriguing works of Philip K. Dick:

  1. The Simulacra
    • Published in 1964, this science fiction novel portrays a future totalitarian society apparently dominated by a matriarch named Nicole Thibodeaux.
    • Themes: Realityillusionary beliefs, and touches on Nazi ideology.
    • Originally published as a novelette titled “The Novelty Act,” it was later expanded into a novel titled “First Lady of Earth” before being published as “The Simulacra”.
    • The story is set in the United States of Europe and America (USEA), formed by the merger of (West) Germany and the United States. The whole government is a fraud, and the President is a simulacrum (android).
    • Other global superpowers include the French EmpirePeople’s Republic of China, and Free (Black) Africa.
    • The novel delves into political intrigue, secrets, and the blurred lines between reality and illusion1.
  2. Eye in the Sky
  3. The World Jones Made

And so, dear reader, within these pages lie the musings of alternate realities, the shadows of totalitarian regimes, and the enigma of simulated existence. 📚🌟