Saturday, April 28, 2007
The Golden Man
I think making my wife see 'Next' on her birthday just because it's a PKD movie would make me the bad kind of Dick-head, so I'm planning to see the film Saturday night. In preparation I just finished reading Dick's short story, "The Golden Man" which is quite good. The story feels almost like an old episode of "The Twilight Zone." Out of town stranger poking around seemingly-idyllic small-town America, looking for "deeves" to "euth." This story is part of a long Golden-Age SF tradition in which the ultimate outsider, outcast, or freak is demonstrated to be superior to the humans pursuing him.
Ultimately, Baines, the small-town DCA agent discovers an eighteen-year-old genetic mutant with startling abilities has been seen at the old Johnson farm. Cris, the deeve in question, looks like a gold statue and can see about half an hour into the future. The story centers around the intolerance of the norms, who despite having created the deeves as the result of a nuclear war are determined to hunt down and kill any person showing even the slightest genetic abnormality.
Obviously the producers of the film have decided to take this project in a different direction. Stay tuned for a thorough post-mortem.