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The Chromium Fence

(1955)
Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Citadel Press
Pages: 0
Personal Rating: 0/10
Goodreads: 3.5/5
Bindings:Compilation
Found in:The Philip K. Dick Reader [1997]
Classifications:SciFi
Synopsis:
Set in a future where political differences have been reduced to trivialities, the purists are pitted against the naturalists. The purists wish to make the adoption of cosmetic changes (sweat glands removed, teeth fixed and so on) compulsory. The purist and naturalist mantra in this story is shown as one extreme manifestation of the brain-washing. The central character, Don Walsh, seems the only sane man left and refuses to join either side. Eventually, however, he is forced to act and pays the ultimate price.