Synopsis: A space ship crew runs out of food. They plan to cull the pig-like wub, an alien animal that they acquired on their latest planet stay. Suddenly, the wub begins to discuss philosophy with them and doesn’t want to be eaten.
Review: PKD’s first published story begins like a typical Golden Age SF story featuring aliens and psychic powers, but after a while shows his typical style: Never expect to be told the correct reality, always expect a different truth behind the next door. It is both humorous and melancholical, and has a fascinating ending. The philosphical discussion about Odysseus is not futile but reflects the wub’s mental voyage. Far more lies behind the obvious: PKD criticizes sentient animal consumption. For a far more thorough analysis, I’d like to refer you to the PKD fan site.