Several short stories in this collection subsequently became the source for at least one radio adaptation, five movies, and two TV episodes.
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Synopsis, Review, and Adaptation
The Hanging Stranger
The Eyes Have It
The Golden Man
The Turning Wheel
The Last of the Masters
Eight year old Charles Walton immediately spots trouble when he watches his father talking to himself in their detached garage on Maple Street. After the thing, which looks identical to his father Ted, walks through the back door and sits down at the table to join his mom June for dinner, Charles knows he must fight back.
Charles enlists a couple of other children in the neighborhood to help him with his quest. Fourteen year old Tony Peretti comes armed with a b.b. gun. While nine year old Bobby Daniels brings his sleuthing skills.
The collection's cover art, shown near the top, indubitably portrays Ted Walton and his doppelganger. This fun story feels as familiar as Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It's violence is minimal and it manages to magically float above otherwise grisly circumstances.
An adaptation of this story appears in Episode 7 of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. The teleplay embellishes, yet remains remarkably close to the short story. Unfortunately, it's literal inside baseball data dumps grate on me.
Story available via Internet Archive
Tony and the Beetles
To Serve the Master
Upon the Dull Earth
Foster, You're Dead
Pay for the Printer
The Chromium Fence
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
The Minority Report
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