“Dead Ringer,” Lester Del Rey, 1956

“Dead Ringer,” Lester del Rey, 1956 — (Alternate title: “And the truth…”)  Dane Phillips is a journalist trying to alert people to the presence of alien doppelgangers that can resurrect after death, but he’s treated as a crackpot.  After being psychoanalyzed, his therapist claims this is a neurosis stemming from the death of his father in his childhood. Phillips continues to try to expose the conspiracy but all efforts fail.  In despair, he looks in a mirror, prepared to slit his throat. When he finally works up the nerve, he watches in amazement as his skin heals itself.

Comments: Themes similar to those of Kuttner and Philip K Dick. Online text at Project Gutenberg.  Read in The Third Galaxy Reader.

Author: Wikipedia: “Lester del Rey (June 2, 1915 – May 10, 1993) was an American science fiction author and editor. Del Rey was the author of many of the Winston Science Fiction juvenile SF series, and the editor at Del Rey Books, the fantasy and science fiction branch of Ballantine Books, along with his fourth wife Judy-Lynn del Rey.”


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