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Oh, to Be a Blobel!

(1964)
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:
George Munster is a veteran of the war with the Blobels, in which he was decorated for bravery. He was selected for a special assignment as a spy and altered to be able to appear in Blobel form. After the war he has a small pension but for half of each day he faces an involuntary reversion into Blobel form and so cannot marry or keep a job. Eleven years after the war he seeks help from a homeostatic (robotic) psychoanalyst that introduces him to Miss Vivian Arrasmith who was his opposite, a Blobel spy on earth. When released she was unwilling to return to Titan due to the shame of being in human form for almost three quarters of each day. They overlap in human form for about seven hours each day. They get married and have three children, one Blobel and two hybrids, Vivian is pregnant with their fourth child, which they assume will be “a full-blooded Terran” because of the Mendel’s Law. They are not welcome in Terran society, especially their hybrid children and George becomes suicidal.