Category: Short Stories

Roog

Paycheck and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
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First published in Fantasy & Science Fiction 1953

“Roog” was Dick’s first short story sale published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1953.

Boris the dog tries in vain to alert his owners to the threat of the roogs, which after a bit of misdirection turn out to be garbage men.

Cast of characters

  • Boris the dog
  • Alf Cardossi – Boris’s owner

Beyond Lies the Wub

Paycheck and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
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First published in Planet Stories Jul 1952

“Beyond Lies The Wub” is Dick’s first published short story appearing in Planet Stories in 1952.

On an expedition rounding up Martian animals Captain Franco encounters the wub, a pig-like creature he intends to eat even after it turns out to be an intelligent form of life with a tendency toward philosophical discussion.

Cast of characters

  • The wub – a pig-like telepathic extra terrestrial
  • Captain Franco – a wrangler of alien lifeforms
  • Peterson, Jones, French – crew members aboard Franco’s ship