"The Defenders"

Title"The Defenders"
Year for Search1953
AuthorsDick, Philip K[indred](1928-82)
Secondary TitleGalaxy Science Fiction
Volume / Edition5.4
Pagination4-28
Date PublishedJanuary 1953
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

In a war between the U. S. and the Soviet Union, both sides retreat underground and allow their androids with artificial intelligence to conduct the war while working to send them more and more devastating weapons. An apparent anomaly leads to the discovery that the androids had been destroying the weapons and that there was no war and no devastation. In the end, the two sides agree to cooperate and hold out hope for a eutopian future.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. without the illus. in Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction. Ed. Leigh Ronald Grossman (Rockville, MD: Wildside Press, 2011), 367-72 with an editor’s note on 367.

Illustration

Illus. EMSH [Edmund Alexander Emshwiller (1925-90)]

Holding Institutions

PSt, PU

Author Note

(1928-82)

Full Text

1953 Dick, Philip K[indred] (1928-82). “The Defenders.” Illus. EMSH [Edmund Alexander Emshwiller (1925-90)]. Galaxy Science Fiction 5.4 (January 1953): 4-.28. Rpt. without the illus. in Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction. Ed. Leigh Ronald Grossman (Rockville, MD: Wildside Press, 2011), 367-72 with an editor’s note on 367. PSt

In a war between the U. S. and the Soviet Union, both sides retreat underground and allow their androids with artificial intelligence to conduct the war while working to send them more and more devastating weapons. An apparent anomaly leads to the discovery that the androids had been destroying the weapons and that there was no war and no devastation. In the end, the two sides agree to cooperate and hold out hope for a eutopian future.