Impostor (short story)

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This article is about the Philip K. Dick story. For the Nathanael West story, see The Imposter (short story).

"Impostor" is a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick. It was first published in Astounding magazine in June, 1953. Impostor, a feature film based on the story, was released in 2002 starring Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe and Vincent D'Onofrio. The story had previously been adapted in 1962 as an episode of the British science fiction television series Out of This World.

Spence Olham is confronted by a colleague and accused of being an android impostor designed to sabotage Earth's defences. The impostor's ship was damaged and has crashed just outside the city. The android is supposed to detonate a planet destroying bomb on the utterance of a deadly code phrase. Olham must escape and prove his innocence, providing he is actually Spence Olham. Olham tries to prove he is the real Olham by finding the crashed spaceship and recovering the android's body. Unfortunately, when Olham locates the body and finds it to be the real Spence Olham. He says, "If that's Olham, then *I* must be..." and the bomb detonates, the explosion visible even to the faraway enemy.

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