The Eyes Have It is a comedic scifi short story by Philip K. Dick, in which stars his most clueless, ass-hat character yet.
There’s not much I can say about this exceptionally short story, except that its narrator (and protagonist) suffers from what I can only describe as MIS (metaphor incomprehensibility syndrome). It’s literally about a crackpot man, who has trouble understanding how metaphors work and in fact considers them to be subliminal hints concerning a coming alien invasion.
The Eyes have it is 60’s humor at its finest. It’s short, it’s great and it’s essentially about a very silly misunderstanding that plagues an everyday man. It’s my firm belief that the story is somehow aimed to parody alien conspiracy theories and invasions. This becomes immediately apparent by the way the protagonist immediately blames the government for ‘covering up things’ and using his limited scientific knowledge to justify and explain his maddeningly stupid theory to the reader.
It may seem like I’m bashing this story, but I’m not. For a depressing bastard like Dick to write a comedic story, it’s both rare and beautiful.
- Word count: 1200
- Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist whose published work is almost entirely in the science fiction genre. He’s a master of the art of writing dreadfully awesome and to the point sci fi.
Where you can find this story:
- In his collected works anthology The Father-Thing (available in every online bookstore worth its salt)
- This story is currently not available online. Which means you’re gonna have to buy it. And trust me, this is a sound investment
Konstantine Paradias is a short story science fiction and fantasy writer, who has his own blog, called Shapescapes. There you can find a free novel, called Stone Cold Countenance as well as a series of sci-fi comic book reviews. For comments, requests or plain old contact, you can find him at firstname.lastname@example.org