The Eyes Have It by Philip K. Dick

The Eyes Have It

By Philip K. Dick

  • Release Date: 2011-08-01
  • Genre: Adventure
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Description

A little whimsy, now and then, makes for good balance. Theoretically, you could find this type of humor anywhere. But only a topflight science-fictionist, we thought, could have written this story, in just this way….

excerpt
It was quite by accident I discovered this incredible invasion of Earth by lifeforms from another planet. As yet, I haven’t done anything about it; I can’t think of anything to do. I wrote to the Government, and they sent back a pamphlet on the repair and maintenance of frame houses. Anyhow, the whole thing is known; I’m not the first to discover it. Maybe it’s even under control.

I was sitting in my easy-chair, idly turning the pages of a paperbacked book someone had left on the bus, when I came across the reference that first put me on the trail. For a moment I didn’t respond. It took some time for the full import to sink in. After I’d comprehended, it seemed odd I hadn’t noticed it right away.

The reference was clearly to a nonhuman species of incredible properties, not indigenous to Earth. A species, I hasten to point out, customarily masquerading as ordinary human beings. Their disguise, however, became transparent in the face of the following observations by the author. It was at once obvious the author knew everything. Knew everything — and was taking it in his stride. The line (and I tremble remembering it even now) read:
… his eyes slowly roved about the room.
Vague chills assailed me. I tried to picture the eyes. Did they roll like dimes? The passage indicated not; they seemed to move through the air, not over the surface. Rather rapidly, apparently. No one in the story was surprised. That’s what tipped me off. No sign of amazement at such an outrageous thing. Later the matter was amplified.

Reviews

  • The Ayes have it!

    5
    By Yorkshiresinger
    great fun; clever, witty and a lovely game with words and images.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Rambles77
    Excellent funny short story by the master of science fiction
  • Took longer to download then read

    5
    By Jesse4114
    Oh that's it? Waste of time I thought it was going to go on into this guy was mentally ill but eventually found out there really was aliens living amongst us...I was wrong, liked his style though.
  • The eyes have it

    5
    By madhatter1977
    Awesome short story, by a master! Very funny !
  • Very clever

    5
    By MCKY-T
    A good poke at everyday things people say without a second thought.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Robertgrim
    A very good short story. I loved how the character takes things literary.
  • Fantastic short story for the daily commute.

    5
    By samstimpson
    Very much enjoyed.
  • Aye eye!

    5
    By Reganlefay
    A very funny exposition of the english language . Well worth looking at!
  • The eyes have it

    3
    By ScienceBoy7
    Short and sweet, the story keeps you smiling through its 13 pages. Well worth a 10 minute read between everything else.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Jordana27
    Very funny short story

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