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|In Philip K. Dick's "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" the Mars colonists take a drug called Chew-Z to alleviate their suffering. To enhance the experience they use "Perky Pat" mins, small replicas of the world they have left behind.||
Follow Sam Regan as he enters the Perky Pat universe:
"He was Walt. He owned a Jaguar XXB sports ship with a flatout velocity of fifteen thousand miles an hour. His shirts came from Italy and his shoes were made in England. This was Saturday morning and he did not have to go to his job down in Palo Alto at Ampex Corporation instead - and this rang nicely in his mind - he had a date with his girl, Pat Christensen, who had a modern little apt over on Potrero Hill.
It was always Saturday.
While he shaved, staring into the mirror at his familiar features, he saw a note tacked up, in his own hand.
THIS IS AN ILLUSION. YOU ARE SAM REGAN, A COLONIST ON MARS.
MAKE USE OF YOUR TIME OF TRANSLATION, BUDDY BOY.
CALL UP PAT PRONTO!
And the note was signed Sam Regan.
An illusion, he thought, pausing in his shaving. In what way? He tried to think back; Sam Regan and Mars, a dreary colonists' hovel . . . yes he could dimly make the image out, but it seemed remote and vitiated and not convincing. Shrugging, he resumed shaving, puzzled, now, and a little depressed. All right, suppose the note was correct maybe he did remember that other world, that gloomy quasi-life of invluntary expatriation in an unnatural environment. So what? Why did he have to wreck this? Reaching, he yanked down the note, crumpled it and dropped it into the bathroom disposal chute."
- Philip K. Dick, "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch". Vintage Books, 1991. pg. 43-44