Of Withered Apples by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN

December 5, 2012
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Of Withered Apples by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN.

First published in Cosmos Science Fiction And Fantasy. This short story was not previously known to be public domain due to a falsification on a copyright renewal. Observe the relevant page from the renewal:

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As you can see it shows that Of Withered Apples was supposed to have been first published in volume 1, issue 33, of Uncanny Tales (July 1955).

So, I tracked down a copy of that comic book and am providing photographic evidence that it was not published in that issue.

Normally in these cases I would simply show the copyright page and/or the table of contents page. But as comics of that era often didn’t credit writers, and most also didn’t offer a table of contents page, this is impossible.

Instead, I have had the entire issue photographed, cover to cover, to show that Of Withered Apples was:

A. Not published in that issue.

B. Was not published in that issue uncredited.

Here is the proof |PDF|.

And please note, that while the issue does contain a textual story, it is not, most certainly not, Of Withered Apples.

Of Withered Apples was published a year earlier, in Cosmos Science Fiction And Fantasy, July 1954. Here is the table of contents show that:

Cosmos Science Fiction And Fantasy, July 1954 table of contents (includes Of Withered Apples by Philip K. Dick)

And finally, here is a |PDF| made from that publication.

[Thanks Julie!]

Posted by Jesse Willis

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