Beyond Lies the Wub

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For the collection of stories by Philip K. Dick, see Beyond Lies the Wub (collection).
July 1952 issue of Planet Stories

"Beyond Lies the Wub" is a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick. It was his first published story, originally appearing in Planet Stories in July, 1952.[1]


Peterson, a crew member of a spaceship loading up with food animals on Mars, buys an enormous pig-like creature known as a "wub" from a native just before departure. Franco, his captain, is worried about the extra weight but seems more concerned about its taste, as his ship is short of food. However, after takeoff, the crew realizes that the wub is a very intelligent creature, capable of telepathy and maybe even mind control. Peterson and the wub spend time discussing mythological figures and the travels of Odysseus. Captain Franco, paranoid after an earlier confrontation with the Wub which left him paralyzed, bursts in and insists on killing and eating the wub. The crew becomes very much opposed to killing the sensitive creature after it makes a plea for understanding, but Franco still makes a meal out of him. At the dinner table, Captain Franco apologises for the "interruption" and resumes the earlier conversation Peterson had been having with the Wub - which has possessed the Captain's body.


The theme of the Wub and killing men was revisited by Dick in his later short story "Not By Its Cover."


In a extraordinary seminary at Science Fiction Fondation about the release of "Nightflyers" movie adaptation, in October 1987, answering to George Hay's fellows argueing about the future of ARPANET, George R.R. Martin is reported to declare:

"If they are the Spyders, I am the Wub"


  1. ^ Damien Broderick, Transrealist Fiction: Writing in the Slipstream of Science, p. 135. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000. ISBN 0-313-31121-8


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