Faith of Our Fathers

The Eye of the Sibyl and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
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First published in Dangerous Visions 1967

“Faith of Our Fathers” was written for and first published in Harlan Ellison’s 1967 anthology Dangerous Visions.

The Communist Party (in an alternate-future North America under Communist rule) is hiding the true nature of reality from the population through the use of hallucinogens in the water supply.

Tung Chien sees through this phony world after being slipped an anti-hallucinogenic drug by members of a revolutionary group and proceeds to find out that the Absolute Benefactor is actually a horrible, god-like evil entity.

This one certainly feels like a bad trip. Dick has written enough stories along these lines that it’s remarkable how much he downplayed the significance of LSD as an inspiration in his writing process.

Cast of characters

  • Tung Chien – works for the Postwar Ministry of Cultural Artifacts
  • Darius Pethel – headmaster of a new school of indoctrination. This is also the name of the owner of Pethel Jiffi-scuttler Sales & Service in The Crack in Space
  • Ssu-Ma Tso-pin – Chien’s supervisor
  • Tanya Lee – member of a revolutionary group
  • The Absolute Benefactor – the Communist Party leader