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Forty Days by Jill Smolinski
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Idaho Snapshots by Rick Just
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King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
King of the World by David Remnick
The Last Plague by Glen E. Page
Lifeguard by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Marvin K. Mooney Will Please Go! by Dr. Seuss
The Mental Environment by Bob Gebelein
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
Nine Whispered Opinions Regarding the Alaskan Secession by George Guthridge
Peachblossom by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Picnic at Pentecost by Rand B. Lee
Ookpik by Bruce Hiscock
Quondam by Jayel Gibson
Run! Run! by John Aikin
Salad for Two by Robert Reed
Search Continues for Eldery Man by Laura Kasischke
Shed That Guilt! Double Your Productivity by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn
Small Worlds by Gretchen Laskas
Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring by Ron Pridmore
The Twenty Dollar Bill by Elmore Hammes
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Comments for Salad for Two

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionSalad for Two: 09/15/08

Have I told you how much I hate the flu? I'm trying to write this review with a fever of 101° F. I hope the review of "Salad for Two" by Robert Reed turns out coherent. Let me just stay this: I enjoyed it. I am rapidly becoming a Robert Reed fangirl.

The tone and basic plot of "Salad for Two" reminds me a great deal of Philip K. Dick. The story narrated by Gillian, a grocery store clerk who befriends a wealthy man from a high tech firm. On her very last day of work before college he gives her a gift and a prediction for the future: "I'll come for you after the machines take over." (p. 142).

Jason Popper's prediction sets into motion a series of small events that ultimately make Gillian question her memory and seek the truth behind his "salad for two."

Since I mentioned Philip K Dick, I would say the two novels I am most reminded of are Ubik and A Scanner Darkly. Except that Reed's story for all of it's questioning of reality is too coherent to be pure PKD; it's more like PKD-lite.

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