In “Tony and the Beetles”, ten-year old Tony Rossi, an Earthman growing up on Betelgeuse, becomes aware that the natives, known as the “Pas-Udeti”, are driving out the Earthmen colonists on nearby Orion. His father, a staunch believer in the superiority of Earthmen, describes Tony’s native friends as “Beetles”. A trip into town to meet his native friends leads to awkward encounters with a Pas-Udeti cab driver and a fellow bus passenger. When his newly aggressive Pas-Udeti friends rebuke him, Tony realizes that being born in a place doesn’t necessarily mean you are welcome there.
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About Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) published thirty-six science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
About Chris Lutkin
Chris Lutkin has
been in and around the business of acting for more than twenty-five years. A member
of Ensemble Studio Theater for twenty years, his proud moments include being
directed by Jerry Zaks in a play called Buddy-Pals
and working with Horton Foote on his play Lily
Dale playing Horace, and putting in more than four hundred off-Broadway
performances in a Perfect Crime.