War Veteran


War Veteran

War Veteran is a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick. First published in If magazine in March 1955.

The plot concerns an old man who appears to have travelled back in time from a future in which Earth has lost a devastating war to its own Martian and Venusian colonies. The man turns out to be a synthetic human, designed to trick the Earth people into believing they could never win the war, forcing them to make peace. The android of the story is a forerunner of the kind (named replicant in the film Blade Runner) that appears in Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

This story shows how pent up racial tension is a dangerous tool. And as always with Dick, not everything is what it seems to be.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • war veteran — See veteran …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • war veteran — noun A person who has served in the armed forces during a war …   Wiktionary

  • World War Veteran — See veteran …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Bill Bailey (Spanish Civil War veteran) — Bill Bailey (1911 1995) was an Irish American labour activist, who spent some time fighting for the republican forces in the International Brigades during the 1936 39 Spanish Civil War.His biography, The Kid from Hoboken was written by Lynn Damme …   Wikipedia

  • veteran — vet|e|ran [ˈvetərən] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: veteranus, from veteranus old, of long experience , from vetus old ] 1.) someone who has been a soldier, sailor etc in a war veteran of ▪ a veteran of the Second World War ▪ a Vietnam… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • veteran — n. 1 a person who has grown old in or had long experience of esp. military service or an occupation (a war veteran; a veteran of the theatre; a veteran marksman). 2 US an ex serviceman or servicewoman. 3 (attrib.) of or for veterans. Phrases and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • War elephant — A war elephant is an elephant trained and guided by humans for combat. Their main use was in charges, to trample the enemy and/or break their ranks. They were probably first employed in India, where the elephant corps served as one of the four… …   Wikipedia

  • War (comics) — For the Marvel Comics limited series, The War , set in the New Universe, see The War (comics) War is the name of two fictional characters, who are Marvel Comics supervillains. Two are discussed here: both members of the Four Horsemen of… …   Wikipedia

  • war — noun 1 WAR IN GENERAL (U) fighting between two or more countries or opposing groups within a country, involving large numbers of soldiers and weapons: Cambodia has been ravaged by war for the past 20 years. | war breaks out (=war begins): War… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • War of the Austrian Succession — The Battle of Fontenoy by Édouard Detaille. Oil on canvas …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.