The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

By Philip K. Dick

  • Release Date : 2011-08-01
  • Genre : Adventure
  • FIle Size : 0.07 MB
Score: 3.5
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The Eyes Have It A little whimsy, now and then, makes for good balance. Theoretically, you could find this type of humor anywhere. But only a topflight science-fictionist, we thought, could have written this story, in just this way….

It was quite by accident I discovered this incredible invasion of Earth by lifeforms from another planet. As yet, I haven’t done anything about it; I can’t think of anything to do. I wrote to the Government, and they sent back a pamphlet on the repair and maintenance of frame houses. Anyhow, the whole thing is known; I’m not the first to discover it. Maybe it’s even under control.

I was sitting in my easy-chair, idly turning the pages of a paperbacked book someone had left on the bus, when I came across the reference that first put me on the trail. For a moment I didn’t respond. It took some time for the full import to sink in. After I’d comprehended, it seemed odd I hadn’t noticed it right away.

The reference was clearly to a nonhuman species of incredible properties, not indigenous to Earth. A species, I hasten to point out, customarily masquerading as ordinary human beings. Their disguise, however, became transparent in the face of the following observations by the author. It was at once obvious the author knew everything. Knew everything — and was taking it in his stride. The line (and I tremble remembering it even now) read:
… his eyes slowly roved about the room.
Vague chills assailed me. I tried to picture the eyes. Did they roll like dimes? The passage indicated not; they seemed to move through the air, not over the surface. Rather rapidly, apparently. No one in the story was surprised. That’s what tipped me off. No sign of amazement at such an outrageous thing. Later the matter was amplified.


  • Tongue firmly in cheek

    By Nonanomonous
    It's a humorous take on simple word play. A short read which will leave you with a smile playing across your face. Enjoy
  • Clever, abrupt read

    By Max LW
    I liked this very much. It's so short and easy to take in that I dare not ruin the story here. I quite like the way PKD weaves the narrative in with a sub story and effectively expresses the story author's growing sense of paranoia and disquiet.
  • Different

    By Dawntime56
    When I realised he was taking everything literally, I had a good giggle.
  • The eyes have it

    By Brain of four
    Short but sweet. A twist on what we already know. Humans are a strange breed. Funny and a fast read!
  • The Eyes Have It

    By Taichani
    Well, what could I expect! Brilliant, ironic and a great response to most of the drivel we read. Cheers Philip :) Thank you. And not one spelling mistake!
  • An amusing diversion

    By Dickensian Space
    While Dick's style of humor appears in most of his works, this is one of the rare examples of an entire short story given over to it. True P. K. Dick even though it is not a sci- fi story.