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The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

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The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, first editionFirst edition
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First publication

Literary form

Science fiction

Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 80,000 words

Notable lines

His head unnaturally aching, Barney Mayerson woke up to find himself in an unfamiliar bedroom in an unfamiliar conapt building.

— First line

He himself was a believer; he affirmed the miracle of translation—the near-sacred moment in which the miniature artifacts of the layout no longer merely represented Earth but became Earth. And he and the others, joined together in the fusion of doll-inhabitation by means of the Can-D, were transported outside of time and local space. Many of the colonists were as yet unbelievers; to them the layouts were merely symbols of a world which none of them could any longer experience. But, one by one, the unbelievers came around.


"May I eat you?" it asked.


"God promises eternal life. I can do better; I can deliver it."


"I'll keep thinking, like you say. I won't forget again." He nodded solemnly, promising.

"The ship rushed on, nearer and nearer Earth.

— Last line


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