Told in Dick's ever soothing prose, Second Variety ponders a post-nuclear Earth, with the Russian army invading most of the remaining North American regions and the US government establishing themselves on the Moon. North American is a desolate battleground with the last remaining US troops posted and scattered to fight the invaders. But there is a force behind the US troops that brings eminent doom to the Russians on sight. Metallic monsters programmed to take down enemy life forms. But within the technology which has almost won the war for them, a new threat has risen.
Second Variety is atmospheric, suspenseful, heavily reliant on dialogue and as any Dick material: cinemaworthy. I should note the last line of the story single-handedly carries the moral weight of Second Variety.
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