Dr Cedric Elton, a well known psychiatrist, has got a new patient - Gerald Bocek. Bocek is brought by four cops. He "had shot and killed five people in a supermarket, and had killed one officer and wounded two others before being captured." But Bocek claims "that the people he had killed were not people at all, but blue-scaled Venusian lizards who had boarded his spaceship, and that he had only been defending himself"!!
During the various sessions with doctor, he will claim that he is not Gerald Bocek but Jerry Bocek, that the doctor is not a psychiatrist but his friend Gar Castle, that both of them are not in doctor's office but aboard a spaceship, ... - a lot of nonsense.
After several sessions, the patient begins really getting on doctor's nerves, & doctor needs to give "the yellow pill" treatment to ...
Fact sheet.First published: Astounding, October 1958.
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