At 07:00 PM 13/03/01 -0800, Hal wrote:
>In one story, a guy was paranoid and convinced that the world was arranged
>to try to fool him, that it was just a stage and behind the scenes nothing
>was as it seemed. One time when he was young he remembered looking
>out the front door and seeing a stormy cloud-filled sky, then looking
>out the back door and seeing a beautiful day without a cloud present.
>Of course the kicker was that it turned out to be true.
Heinlein's `They' (1941). A similar trope is run exhaustively in Phil
Dick's terrific TIME OUT OF JOINT, which I read in 1961; his picture of
life in 1998 or thereabout had shave-headed street kids with 'tude not
unlike the punks, and utterly unthinkable by most people at the end of the
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