'Nobody would want to spend 18 years on a spaceship when you can make the journey via teleportation in an instant. In seconds, the Telpor effect could teleport you from an overcrowded Earth. 40 million emigrants had found it a solution to Earth's problems of pollution and overcrowding. But Rachmael ben Applebaum wasn't sure. Because there was a problem with the gateway to paradise. No one had ever returned.'
The Unteleported Man first appeared in Fantastic in 1964, as a novelette of about 32,000 words. Ace Books asked Dick to expand it to novel length, but rejected the new 30,000-word ending as too confusing. Ace published the original novella as part of an Ace Double edition in 1966. Elements of the rejected ending were later worked into Galactic Pot-Healer.
In 1979 Berkley Books acquired the novel and requested a rewrite using Dick's expanded ending. At Dick's death the project was still incomplete, and Berkley published its 1983 edition with the new ending, with gaps representing four lost manuscript pages. The additional material made this novel substantially different from the original.
In 1984, Gollancz released a revised version as Lies, Inc., with a new first chapter by Dick from the unfinished Berkley rewrite, with John Sladek filling some gaps in the manuscript, and with the original novelette repositioned.
In 1985 the missing manuscript pages were discovered, but no edition incorporating them has so far come out.
Original title: The Unteleported Man
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Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction