Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Clifford D Simak's "Final Gentleman" (novelette, illusion)

Quote from short story Final Gentleman by Clifford D Simak
This is the kind of plot normally associated with PKD now-a-days: which of the two equally vivid realities experienced by a man is the real one?

I didn't really like it, though I didn't find it boring either.

Story summary.

A very successful writer suddenly has a feeling there is no more writing left in him. And the world he knew all his life is no longer there: university he went to has no record of him; the house his mother lives in & he frequently visits no longer houses his mother & never has; the grave of the woman he once loved & now often visits exists but is someone else's grave; the fancy restaurant in the neighborhood he frequented is a very ordinary dump; ...

Story is of him slowly unraveling the puzzle.

Collected in.

  1. Groff Conklin (ed)'s "Six Great Short Science Fiction Novels".

Fact sheet.

First published: F&SF, January 1960.
Rating: B.   
Related: Stories of Clifford D Simak.