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<Jun, 1964

Jun 1964

The War With The Fnools

A Game Of Unchance

See THE CRACK IN SPACE.
22,000 wds

FIRST PUBLICATION

HISTORY:

    I have no record of a reception date at the SMLA for this story but two authorities, Andy Butler and Perry Kinman, date the ‘first part’ of THE CRACK IN SPACE to Sep 9, 1963. And as "Cantata 140" forms the first part of the novel then "Cantata 140" must be what is being referred to.

    But, certainly, "Cantata 140" was accepted at F & SF on Jan 13, 1964 and was first published in F & SF in the Jul 1964 issue. The cover illustrating PKD’s story is by Ed Emshwiller.

    At 22,000 words "Cantata 140" is already half a novel and, indeed, that’s what it proved to be when THE CRACK IN SPACE was published in Feb 1966. PKD said

    ‘"Cantata 140" is a cut-down version of a 60,000 novel, hence somewhat aborted. Oh well. So geht das Leben.’

    Of the story itself, Steven Owen Godersky gives an excellent description:

    Frozen sleep seems like a humane way to end unemployment and overpopulation pressures: Send the excess citizens to the future. Government warehouses are filled with bibs and a political fight erupts over whether or not to dispose of them through a space-warp. Then an unknown agency begins to help the sleepers to awake.{Levack 85}

    "Cantata 140" rates about


Other magazine and Anthology appearances

1966   THE CRACK IN SPACE {expanded into novel}      
2003 cantata140.gif (9587 bytes) CANTATA 140, Gollancz - SF Masterworks, ?, 2003, ?, ? (?)  
       

NOTES:

SL-38 79

Dear Jim,

    {...} {...}

    I agree with you on THE GAME-PLAYERS OF TITAN. However, Cantata 140 is a cut-down version of a 60,000 novel, hence somewhat aborted. Oh well. So geht das Leben. {...}
{PKD> James Blish, Jun 7, 1964}

SL-38 190

    What would (again I'm asking off the cuff) Ace's reaction be? For instance, in the expansion of THE UNTELEPORTED MAN, what if Ray was brought in? And his name -- despite the contract being in my name only -- appeared with mine? (this would not apply to CANTATA 140, which is written already.)
{PKD> Terry and Carol Carr, Nov 11, 1964}

See PEPKD ? and Rouzleweave # 1, Pub. By Perry Kinman, Japan, March 2002, p3.

Levack 24

     "Cantata 140" … forms the first half of this title " {THE CRACK IN SPACE} and Levack 85: "First half of THE CRACK IN SPACE."


Collector’s Notes

Between The Covers Rare Books: "Cantata 140" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1964 (1st). NF. . Page edges a little browned, else fine. Signed by Dick on the contents page. $450

Monroe Bethea Books: "Cantata 140 " in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1964 (1st). VG. . It is fairly tightly bound. It has much chipping to leaf edge and top of spine. There is an inch tear of cover along top of spine. $8.99


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