They

They The story concerns a man who is confined to a mental institution because he is suffering from the delusion that he is one of the few real entities in the universe and that the other real entities hav

  • Title: They
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein
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  • Page: 226
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  • The story concerns a man who is confined to a mental institution because he is suffering from the delusion that he is one of the few real entities in the universe, and that the other real entities have created the rest of the universe in a conspiracy to deceive him He spends much of the story engaged in verbal sparring with the psychiatrist who are caring for him, andThe story concerns a man who is confined to a mental institution because he is suffering from the delusion that he is one of the few real entities in the universe, and that the other real entities have created the rest of the universe in a conspiracy to deceive him He spends much of the story engaged in verbal sparring with the psychiatrist who are caring for him, and in pondering his predicament, trying to figure out a way to prove that his belief is true They is a short story written by American science fiction author Robert A Heinlein It was first published in the April 1941 issue of Unknown, and can be found in Heinlein s short story collection The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag 1 It also appears in a number of multi author anthologies.

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    1. A new-to-me, but very limited Heinlein story. This tells of a paranoid who believes that the ridiculous world he sees around him couldn't possibly turn out to be real, and so must be an elaborate ruse all meant to impact his impressions -- and he turns out to be right. It really isn't told with Heinlein's typical skill.2014: I listened to the Spider Robinson reading from the new "All You Zombies" anthology and actually enjoyed it quite a bit more. The old-timey sci-fi-radio feel of the older rec [...]

    2. A good not great short story by Heinlein. The story has some interesting takes, but knowing the author's science fiction background kind of makes it flawed, especially if it's in an anthology of his science fiction work.That being said the story is solid and unique. He brings the truly human emotions many of us feel to the point where he sells you on the character as one thing, and then delivers a fantastic story based on that. It reminds me of a number of movies that took this simple idea and m [...]

    3. Heinlein's classic short-story, having a go at solipsism. If the plot seems somewhat familiar -- a man confined to a mental institution because of his belief that the world is a delusion created by some shadow antagonists to deceive him -- it's because Heinlein did it first some 75 years ago.One amusing scene that illustrates the gulf of time between then and now is when Doctor Hayward offers the man a cigarette. After refusing it, the doctor seems puzzled and remarks on the man's anhedonia, the [...]

    4. I don't agree with the main character's solipsistic perception of reality, but I do agree that the world is full of sheep. An interesting read, if only because it provides a convincing look into the mind of a narcissist.

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