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You know, they say mercy is the mark of a great man. [stabs the man] Guess I'm just a good man. [stabs him again] Well, I'm all right.

—Capt. Malcolm Reynolds
(Nathan Fillion)
[Firefly]
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Recall Mechanism

(1959)
Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Citadel Press
Pages: 0
Personal Rating: 0/10
Goodreads: 3.5/5
Bindings:Compilation
Found in:The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories [1991]
Classifications:SciFi
Synopsis:
The story is written in a post-apocalyptic world and begins with a psychologist, who is known as an "Analyst" in the story, called Humphreys. He is analysing one of his patients, Paul Sharp, who has a phobia of falling and suffers bouts of this fear brought on by simply standing on a small step. <br> <br>Humphreys decides to delve into Sharp's sub-conscious through a hypnotic method of placing a lamp over him. Sharp, on more than one occasion, falls into a dream-like scenario, revealing what he believes has happened to him in the past, thus enabling Humphreys to understand the origin of his fear. Sharp goes on to mention someone called Giller, whom he believes he knew in the past.