If There Were No Benny Cemoli

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"If There Were No Benny Cemoli" was originally published in the December 1963 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction

"If There Were No Benny Cemoli" is a science fiction short story by American writer Philip K. Dick, first published in the December, 1963 issue of Galaxy magazine with illustration by Lutjens.[1]

"The Proxmen rebuilding war-torn Earth want to prosecute its leaders for war crimes. Benny Cemoli would be the biggest catch of all, if they could just find him. -- Steven Owen Godersky[1]

Plot summary[edit]

On tenth anniversary of the devastating atomic war on Earth, more Proxima Centaurians arrive to continue the rebuilding of the planet. A war crimes tribunal is looking for names of war criminals and a surviving homeopape of The New York Times seems to provide an answer. Benny Cemoli.


Algis Budrys said that Dick's story "is, as usual, markedly individual, and distinguished for his ability to draw fine-line social caricatures paradoxically freighted with verisimilitude".[2]


  1. ^ a b Levack, Daniel (1981). PKD: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, Underwood/Miller, p. 100. ISBN 0-934438-33-1
  2. ^ Budrys, Algis (August 1965). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 186–194.

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