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The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford by Philip K. DickI have something to show you, Doc Labyrinth said. From his coat pocket he gravely drew forth a matchbox. He held the matchbox tightly, his eyes fixed on it. Youre about to see the most momentous thing in all modern science. The world will shake and shudder. Let me see, I said. It was late, past midnight. Outside my house rain was falling on the deserted streets. I watched Doc Labyrinth as he carefully pushed the matchbox open with his thumb, just a crack. I leaned over to see.
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The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford
Dick New York: Citadel Press , pp. Plot Summary Doctor Labyrinth is showing the narrator a matchbox containing a small button after a sudden arrival in the middle of the night. He explains that his newest invention, the Animator, will never work. He explains it is based on the Principle of Sufficient Irritation, based on a phenomenon he observed where a pebble got up to avoid the sun. Labyrinth figured that the principle could be applied properly to get other things to come alive. The narrator, curious, agrees to buy the device for five dollars, although it does not work.
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From his coat pocket he gravely drew forth a matchbox.
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With this collection of stories, readers are drawn into a world with a mysterious twist, a sense of otherness that eludes description. This thought-provoking writing--part science fiction, part mystery, part fantasy--includes all of the writer's earliest short and medium-length fiction. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Citadel. Condition: New.
Dick short stories, in The story is told from a first person perspective of a young man and his friend, a scientist named Doc Rupert Labyrinth also appearing in Dick's short story " The Preserving Machine " , who develops a new device called The Animator, which gives life to otherwise inanimate objects. Doc thinks that the machine does not work, and sells it to the narrator for 5 dollars. The narrator leaves his shoe in the machine, and discovers the following day that the shoe has become alive. Doc and the narrator catch the shoe and stuff it in a drawer, while Doc returns to the University to get his fellow professors to witness the shoe. Meanwhile, the narrator loses the shoe, as it escapes and leaves the house.