This etext was produced from The Counterfeit Man - More Science Fiction Stories by Alan E. Nourse published in 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.
ersecution is far safer for Harry Scott than facing what he really found out. What we've got to do is to make this delusion less safe than the truth."
The room was silent for a long moment. Manelli looked up, his fingers trembling. "Let's hear it."
"It's very simple. Up to now, Harry Scott has had delusions of persecution. But now we're really going to persecute Harry Scott, as he's never been persecuted before."
At first he thought he was at the bottom of a deep well and he lay quite still, his eyes clamped shut, wondering where he was and how he could possibly have gotten there. He could feel the dampness and chill of the stone floor under him, and nearby he heard the damp, insistent drip of water splashing against stone. He felt his muscles tighten as the dripping sound forced itself against his senses. Then he opened his eyes.
His first impulse was to scream out wildly in unreasoning, suffocating fear. He fought it down, struggling to si
The problem is that there are a number of doors in the story. Some are real, some are illusions, and some are imagined. It's an okay story, well-written, with one or two good characters, but I'll be damned if I know what parts were real and which were faked. Without a clear reality to base the story in, it just becomes a free-floating puzzle.
* You discover something behind the dark door.
* Now, something is after you and wants to kill you.
* You must hide or go out an clear up the situation.
* But, someone is playing with your mind.
* What is real and what is not?