Who Is Victor Kemmings?

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Within this short story, questions of an existential variety are raised; Philip K. Dick ponders existence, reality, and what is means to be a human being. Reality, to my knowledge, is all that exist in the plane of the comprehensible. It’s contrast being all that is imaginary, delusional, abstract or unreal. In the story, the character Victor Kemmings is to live within the confines of his mind for ten years, after a malfunction within his cryogenic sleep chamber. The ship, his only companion, proposes that to retain his sanity he will lives through his memories. In these ten years, Victor bounces between the life he once had with first wife Martine and his childhood. What accompanies him is loneliness, fear, guilt, and a whole slew of neuroses.

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