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Beyond Lies the Wub

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,999 ratings  ·  146 reviews
"The wub, sir," Peterson said. "It spoke!"
The slovenly wub might well have said: Many men talk like philosophers and live like fools.
Science Fiction – Alien Life and Interaction

Beyond Lies the Wub was Philip K. Dick's first published story and appeared in the legendary ”Planet Stories” pulp magazine.

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Bill  Kerwin
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

Philip K. Dick's first published short story (Planet Stories, July 1952), begins with what may have been a familiar plot point even by the early 50's: a space ship crew, having acquired a cargo-hold filled with alien animals for food, plans to devour a creature--the "wub" of the title--more intelligent and psychically gifted than all the humans on the ship put together. Of course, things do not turn out as expected.

In spite of this conventional theme, this Dick tale is memorable for two reasons:
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
What is a wub?

A wub is like a big telepathic pig that is cultured and likes to discuss philosophy and myths.

There is almost no way to review this brilliant, original 1952 publication from a very young PKD (24 years old) without spoiling, so I’ll just write that if you call yourself a science fiction fan you should invest the less than 15 minutes it will take to read.

An upper level English course called Science Fiction literature should include a discussion of this excellent short work.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Philip K. Dick's first published story, from 1952, has a group of humans loading up their spaceship with various birds and animals from Mars, which they plan to eat on the way back to Earth, despite the disapproval of the Martians. Captain Franco, it is clear from the start, is a boorish guy. But Franco approves when one of his men, Peterson, shows up with a 400 pound pig-like animal called a wub. Clearly good eating is ahead!

But it quickly turns out that the wub is an intelligent, sentient bein
Brian Yahn
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this story.

What would happen if your dinner could talk to you and asked you not to eat it?

Philip K. Dick has the answer [=
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
PKD's first published story.

Sooooo short, very funny. :)

Me, personally, I'd have just talked with the poor alien and enjoyed his company, but you know how these idiot humans are. Always thinking with their stomachs. :)

Good thing the revenge was totally apropos. :)

Very fun. Classic PKD. :)
Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

When I was in class tenth,we had a chapter on Nehru,an extract from his 'discovery of India' in our English text. While lecturing on that,our teacher used to ask us students what we were in comparison to the great brains like Nehru and Wells. Hearing our silence,he would answer his own question,making us repeat after him,"WE ARE WORMS". And after that every time he asked us 'what are you',we answered,"I AM A WORM". So every time I hear of a worm or read of it,I am automatically led
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very funny and very short short story.

A crew is travelling from Mars back to Earth and since they are starving, they contemplate killing and eating a pig-like creature one of the crew members purchased on Mars - the titular wub.

This, however, is no ordinary creature as the captain soon find out in a very funny way. *lol*

Can't put my finger on where I've heard the narrator before but he was VERY good in imitating the different accents of the crew members as well as giving the wub a voic
Don’t Parley with Your Food!

Appearing in “Planet Stories” in 1952, Beyond Lies the Wub, the first story by Dick that was published, could actually make you become a vegetarian. It invites us on board a spacecraft that has just taken provisions, mainly animals, on Mars and is now on its way back to earth.

One of the animals that have been taken aboard, an enormous pig-like creature, which the Martians call a wub, and which makes the captain’s mouth water already, turns out to be an intelligent cre
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I don't know about you, but I picture the wub as a big Guinea Pig. Something like this perhaps:

I have to say that originally I rated this story with 3 stars: enjoyable but nothing special. And then it hit me. What if the wub wasn't really a space hog? what if the space hog was just an animal that previously ATE whatever else had the wub inside it, and was taken over by it? What if the wub "individuates", as he puts it, not by leaving his group in space or time, but by leaving the group "corporal
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dick isn't the greatest of scribblers--characters move with thin or confounding motives at times, flat dialogue--but the situations are magnificent. A ship presumably filling its hold ark-like for a long trip picks up a wub, a filthy creature supposedly tasty but also telepathic and intelligent. From here, as they cynically say, the hilarity ensues. A quick punch in the ethical gut.
Skyler Myers
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in unique sci-fi that is mixed with some philosophy
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
"Many men talk like philosophers and live like fools."


* Original plot

* Interesting ethical ideas brought up

* Surprising twist at the end


* Too short to really delve deeply into any ideas

* Simplistic dialogue

This is one of Phillip K. Dick's shortest short stories. It can easily be read and understood in less than thirty minutes, making it an easy and rewarding read. The plot is different from anything I've seen before and it has a good ending. I think it has breached potential.

"But would
Terence Blake
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
"Beyond Lies the Wub" is an interesting early short story, that is richer than may seem at first glance. Mythology, religion, and philosophy form a backdrop to the story. In particular, there are references to Odysseus and to Epicureanism.

I think the Odysseus reference could be filled out in several ways. Odysseus does not rely on brute force like Achilles, but on intelligence, cunning, ruse. This is another case where we can identify the Wub with Odysseus, as against the Achilles-like Captain.
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written thought provoking short story which was also well narrated.

A Wub which is pretty much a big telepathic pig that is cultured and likes to discuss philosophy and myths. has been captured, and the crew want to eat it, obviously the Wub disagrees with this and discusses with the captain alternative options.

I found this short story rather thought provoking as it reflects human nature and how humans truly are really destructive creatures.

This short story is free to listen too an
Peter Tillman
-- originally published in Planet Stories in July 1952.

Short and.... Well. Things don't end well for the wub. But the taste, I understand, was excellent. ;-}
Eric Mesa
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
As expected from a Philip K Dick book, that was trippy. Talky in the style of golden and silver age science fiction, but I have a fondness for the style as some of my first science fiction exposure was in that style.

Not a bad plot, it's a quick read and available free from Project Gutenberg.
Kori ☾
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, short-story
Good thing I gave up meat in December. A talking pig that convinces you not to eat it, very short, and to the point. Good read.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great short little story. The story entertains you and the ending knocks you on your ass
Shane Hawk
Enjoyed this 15-minute read — one to remember for years to come.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
While reading this short story, my first Philip K. Dick work, this song kept playing in my mind:

Big man, pig man
Ha, ha, charade you are
You well heeled big wheel
Ha, ha, charade you are

- Pigs (Three Different Ones) by Pink Floyd

I was wondering if the travesty was really apt. I wondered if there was something in this story that crossed the gravitational force and escaped me. All I know is that here is a nice, short story about a wub (A rather stout, big pig-like being) that is picked up from Mars f
Dr. Strangelet
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: gutenberg
Dick's first published story, it already displays many of his characteristic themes like shifting identity and paranoia. First published in the fading pulp powerhouse Planet Stories in 1952, it's firmly within the confines of b-list pulp science fiction of the time, but there's already something interestingly disquieting about Dick's writing style. (I've bounced off the novels of his that I've looked at, and I may like that style better in smaller doses.)

Read on Project Gutenberg.
Humorous sci fi short story about a spaceship crew who buy a pig like creature intending to eat it on the voyage, only to find it talks and is very intelligent. What to do, especially as they are running out of food? Funny but also disturbing.
Vanessa Wolf
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A short audio adventure, "Beyond Lies the Wub," is an interesting Dick tale. Turetsky gives a good performance with distinct inflections of voice. Recommend it for fans of Dick exploring his short stories.
Ralph McEwen
A good story well worth listening to. The story is told in a narrative and conversational style.

The narrator is well spoken, his voice is clear and easy to listen to.
The recording good is clean with out any background noises. There plenty of volume. The editing is seamless.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting short story that would make for a great episode of Amazing Stories or Twilight Zone.
Stephen Buckley
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Every single story in this book could be made into a contemporary movie. And it was written back in the 50s/60s. Absolute magic.
Joseph Inzirillo
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another PKD short work. Interesting story with an interesting twist. The Wub is great! An excellent quick read.
PKD is once again good for a laugh. I really *do* need to get my hands on an omnibus edition, or a collected works volume. Toddling off to add it to my list...
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful first published Philip K Dick science fiction short story with a surprise ending that possibly inspired Douglas Adams' galaxy cow that wants to be eaten.
Jonathan  Smith
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this snappy story as it had amusing characters with an equally amusing twist at the end. Recommended for a casual reading session.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A parable of vegetarianism
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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