The Defenders

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Author: Philip K. Dick
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,639 / 35 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.1
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 8,983
Added to site: 2009.05.13
mnybks.net#: 24144
Origin: gutenberg.org

No weapon has ever been frightful enough to put a stop to war--perhaps because we never before had any that thought for themselves!

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nd time it's happened that we know of. There may be others."

"The second time?"

"The previous interview was when we noticed it. The leady was not hot. It was cold, too, like this one."

Moss took back the metal plate from the leady's hands. He pressed the surface carefully and returned it to the stiff, unprotesting fingers.

"We shorted it out with this, so we could get close enough for a thorough check. It'll come back on in a second now. We had better get behind the wall again."

They walked back and the lead wall swung closed behind them. The soldiers left the chamber.

"Two periods from now," Franks said softly, "an initial investigating party will be ready to go surface-side. We're going up the Tube in suits, up to the top--the first human party to leave undersurface in eight years."

"It may mean nothing," Moss said, "but I doubt it. Something's going on, something strange. The leady told us no life could exist above without being roasted. The story doesn't fi

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Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
2012.08.18
Sardo Weems
****.

War has become so hellish that only self-aware robots can tolerate the radiation and destruction. Humans huddle below ground in fear for years.

A good little Phil Dick story.

2011.07.28
Warren Stalley
*****

Another thought provoking short story from PKD. It's easy and quick to read yet wakes up your brain at the same time.

2009.05.16
Cheryl
****.

Good SF short story with an anti-war message. If you like the old movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still", you might enjoy this story.


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