A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick

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Fourteen strangers got here to Delmak-O. 13 of them have been transferred by way of the standard specialists. One received there by means of praying. yet after they arrived on that planet whose very surroundings appeared to set off paranoia and psychosis, the beginners stumbled on that even prayer was once dead. For on Delmak-O, God is both absent or reason on destroying His creations.

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She took it from him, for a time examined it, then placed it back on the dresser. "It's alive," she said. "I know," he said. Holding it, he had felt the animate quality of it; it had pushed against his fingers, trying to get out. "They're all over the place," Susie said. " She made a vague gesture. " "I don't want one," he said. " "I guess they're company. Something to break the monotony. I remember as a child finding a Ganymedian toad in our garden. " "Glen Belsnor took one apart one day," Susie said.

They all said, "We did not know Mr. " They all said, "Restore his form to that--" They broke off. Dr. Milton Babble had come into the briefing room, looking ruffled. "We must finish the prayer," Maggie said. "You can finish it some other time," Dr. Babble said. " He consulted several sheets of paper which he had brought along. "Cause of death: vast inflammation of the bronchial passages, due to an unnatural amount of histamine in the blood, resulting in a stricture of the trachea; exact cause of death was suffocation as reaction to a heterogenic allergen.

As Wade Frazer read off the names and took the tally, several others made their own notations. They don't trust Frazer to make an accurate account, Seth Morley realized. He did not blame them. " He dropped his tally sheet with a blatant sneer. . as if, Morley thought, the psychologist is saying Go ahead and doom yourselves. It's your lives, if you want to toss them away. But it seemed to him that Belsnor was a good choice; on his own very limited knowledge he had himself voted for the electronics maintenance man.

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