We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
adapted as "Total Recall"

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
Non-series
Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0-8065-1209-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8065-1209-9
Published: April 1966

Synopsis: Douglas Quail who wishes to visit Mars. Unable to afford it, he visits a company, Rekal, that offers implanted memories ("extra-factual memory"). The attempt to implant some racy Mars memories of Quail as a secret agent reveals that Quail actually is an undercover government assassin with a mind full of dangerous secrets. The Rekal staff quickly terminate his session. At home he finds certain physical evidence to support his new old memories. The government initially seeks his death but instead Quail manages to make a deal. He returns to Rekal to have his Mars memories once more suppressed, and is offered by way of compensation a set of heroic wish-fulfillment false memories. The Rekal staff begin the memory-implanting procedure and uncover a different and older set of suppressed memories revealing that the unbelievable memories they are about to insert are already there and are true.

Additional notes: The book cover art and information link are to a 1990 collection published by Citadel Press that includes all of the writer's earliest short and medium-length fiction (including some previously unpublished stories) covering the years 1952-1955. These fascinating stories include We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, The Cookie Lady, The World She Wanted, and many others.

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Total Recall (DVD Cover)

Total Recall
Paul Verhoeven, Director

Theatrical release date: 06/01/1990
DVD release date: 09/18/2001
Studio: TriStar

Cast: Douglas Quaid/Hauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Lori (Sharon Stone), Melina (Rachel Ticotin), Vilos Cohaagen (Ronny Cox), Richter (Michael Ironside), George/Kuato (Marshall Bell), Benny (Mel Johnson Jr.), Helm (Michael Champion), Dr. Edgemar (Roy Brocksmith), Bob McClane (Ray Baker)

Rating: R
Running time: 113 minutes

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