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Hollis backed and provided documents for a folk-novelty application on neighborhood FM station KSMO in San Mateo within the overdue forties. Phil wrote DJ patter and Hollis store advertisements for the courses. He claimed, in later years, to have hosted a classical track software on KSMO, yet not anyone who knew Phil on the time can bear in mind his having been at the radio. yet he should have paid widespread visits to KSMO: the atmosphere of an FM station is captured in superb aspect in his 1956 mainstream novel, The damaged Bubble of Thisbe Holt, and the genial demeanour of a small-time DJ is touchingly embodied in Walt Dangerfield, whose announces from the Earth-orbiting satellite tv for pc (in which he's trapped until eventually he dies) are of significant solace to the postnuclear warfare survivors in Dr. Bloodmoney (1964). a couple of pages of Phil's writing for KSMO live on. Already he had the ear for American revenues shuck that may, in his SF, sound so unusually correct coming from the mouths of extraterrestrial beings. the following Phil pitches these newfangled TVs: collage Radio in Berkeley greets you. the day prior to this once we got here to paintings we stumbled on that our salesman had moved his potted palm to the opposite aspect of the shop, in order that he may well see the tv monitor larger. consumers are asked to not hassle him with inquiries approximately paying for issues. if you want to buy a Magnavox, kindly lay the money at the counter with a be aware describing the set you will want. while you're fortunate, he may well observe your request among tv courses. The years with Hollis supplied Phil with a mom lode of writer's capital. Characters in accordance with Hollis are available in different of Phil's mainstream and SF novels, rather within the fifties and sixties (see Chronological Survey). The lonely, cranky determine of the "repairman" additionally recurs as an emblem of integrity and braveness within the face of most unlikely odds. within the Exegesis, Phil saw that a lot of his paintings used to be "palpably autobiographical-the little enterprise company, & the fatherly proprietor or international chief. " The boss-employee relationships among Jim Fergesson and Stuart Hadley (Voices from the road, c. 1952-53), Leo Bulero and Barney Mayerson (The 3 Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, 1965), and Glen Runciter and Joe Chip (Ubik, 1969) are the main impressive pix of the belief and pressure that existed among Hollis and Phil. In Voices from the road, an apprenticeship mainstream novel, the Hollis determine is Jim Fergesson, proprietor of "Modern television revenues and Ser- vice"-"a small, muscular guy in a blue serge swimsuit, middle-aged, face purple with wrinkles and knowledge. " As Voices was once written in the course of and simply after Phil's employment with Hollis, brilliant stories lingered. How powerful a determine used to be Hollis in Phil's psyche? Fergesson's establishing of recent television for the day's enterprise is patterned after the production in Genesis: right here no existence existed. [... ] He bent down and clicked at the major energy; the massive neon signal sputtered on, and after a second the window lighting warmed to a faint glow. He mounted the door extensive open, stuck up a number of the candy open air air, and, protecting it in his lungs, moved in regards to the darkish, damp shop [...