The Hood Maker

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"The Hood Maker" was originally published in the June 1955 issue of Imagination.

"The Hood Maker" is a short story by Philip K. Dick, originally published in the June 1955 issue of the magazine Imagination.[1][2] It was adapted by Matthew Graham into an episode for the 2017 TV series, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams.

Plot[edit]

The Free Union, a repressive regime, uses people with telepathic powers called "teeps" to root out and eliminate its political opponents. Walter Franklin, a government appointee, is caught up in a struggle between the teeps and ordinary humans when he receives a hood which blocks his thoughts from being read. He is accused of subversion, called "deviation" by a teep named Abdul and forced to flee. When he meets the titular "hood maker", James Cutter, he learns a secret that could put an end to the teeps' plans to seize power.[3]

TV adaptation[edit]

The story was loosely adapted by Matthew Graham for Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, which aired on September 18, 2017 on Channel4 in the UK.[4]

The whole emphasis is different.[5] The Free Union, a repressive regime, uses people with telepathic powers called "teeps" to root out and eliminate its political opponents. The telepaths are unhappy and oppressed, and the entire society is run down and violent. All telepaths have skin markings on their face for unexplained reasons.

Agent Ross, a police detective, is given a telepathic woman as a partner. He also learns that someone is distributing hoods which block telepathy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table of Contents, Imagination Magazine, June 1955, accessed 24 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Title: The Hood Maker". www.isfdb.org. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  3. ^ Broderick, Damien (2010). Skiffy and Mimesis: More Best of ASFR. Wildside Press LLC. ISBN 9781434457875. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  4. ^ For a comparison, see Griffiths, Eleanor Bley (17 September 2017). "How close is Electric Dreams: The Hood Maker to Philip K Dick's original story?". Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ Griffiths, Eleanor Bley (17 September 2017). "How close is Electric Dreams: The Hood Maker to Philip K Dick's original story?". Retrieved 3 September 2018.

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