The Cosmic Puppets

By Philip K. Dick

Following an inexplicable urge, Ted Barton returns to his idyllic Virginia fatherland for a holiday, but if he will get there, he's stunned to find that town has completely replaced. The shops and homes are all varied and he doesn’t realize anyone. The secret deepens whilst he tests the town’s historic documents . . . and reads that he died approximately two decades prior. As he makes an attempt to discover the secrets and techniques of the city, Barton is drawn deeper into the puzzle, and right into a supernatural conflict that may make a decision the destiny of the universe.

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A ceaseless drop that at last blurred right into a dim, ominous chaos. He forgot in regards to the ditch and became his recognition again to the logs. A automobile didn’t stand an opportunity of having prior, yet might be a guy taking walks may well negotiate his method to the opposite facet. If he may well get part means he may well halt on the truck, take a seat within the cabin and relaxation. Divide it into separate jobs. He approached the logs gingerly. the 1st wasn’t so undesirable, small and reasonably regular. He stepped onto it, stuck carry together with his arms, and jumped to the subsequent. less than him, the mass shuddered ominously. Barton speedy scrambled to the subsequent and clung tight. to this point so solid. the only forward was once a major child, previous and dry and cracked. It jutted up at a steep attitude, piled on 3 underneath it. Like spilled suits. He jumped. The log cut up, and he frantically leaped off back. Desperately, he clutched for buy. His palms slipped; he fell again. He dug in wildly, attempting to draw his physique up on a flat floor. He made it. Gasping, panting for breath, Barton lay stretched out at the log, waves of reduction flooding over him. ultimately, he pulled himself to a sitting place. If he may pass a bit farther he may be in a position to trap carry of the truck itself. Pull himself onto it. that will be part method. He might rest . . . He was once as far-off as earlier than. No nearer. For a second he doubted his sanity; then figuring out got here. He had bought rotated. The logs have been a maze. He had bought off within the unsuitable course, ceased relocating towards the truck. He had moved in a closed circle. The hell with getting out. All he sought after now used to be to come back to his motor vehicle. come again the place he had begun from. Logs have been on both sides of him. Piles and lots and jutting snouts. reliable God, he hadn’t come that a ways in, had he? used to be it attainable he had obtained himself in so deep? He was once yards from the sting; absolutely he hadn’t controlled to move slowly that some distance. He started crawling round, again the way in which he had come. The logs swayed and tilted dangerously below him. worry made him apprehensive. He misplaced his grip and fell among of them. For a dazzling, terrifying immediate he used to be beneath, the daylight was once bring to an end and he used to be in a last cave of darkness. He driven up with all his energy, and one of many logs gave. He scrambled wildly again up, emerged into the daylight, and lay outstretched, gasping and shuddering. He lay for an indefinite interval. He had misplaced music of time. the following factor he knew, a voice used to be talking to him. “Mr. Barton! Mr. Barton! are you able to listen me? ” He controlled to elevate his head. status at the highway, past the logs, used to be Peter Trilling. He grinned flippantly at Barton, palms on his hips, face glowing and tanned within the shiny solar. He didn’t look in particular apprehensive. actually, he regarded quite happy. “Help me,” Barton gasped. “What are you doing in the market? ” “I attempted to get throughout. ” Barton pulled himself as much as a sitting place. “How the hell am I going to come again? ” after which he spotted whatever. It wasn’t the center of the day. It used to be early night. The solar was once atmosphere over the some distance hills, the large determine that loomed up on the contrary finish of the valley.

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