"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
It's not easy to keep the memories straight in the story; fortunately, the police can read your thoughts.
Dick was fascinated with the idea of using a living creature as part of a device that connected with the mind; see his thoughts on the swibble from his 1955 story Service Call.
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