Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick was a master of science fiction, but he was also a writer whose work transcended genre to examine the nature of reality and what it means to be human. A writer of great complexity and subtle humor, his work belongs on the shelf of great twentieth-century literature, next to Kafka and Vonnegut. Collected here are twenty-one of Dick's most dazzling and resonant stories, which span his entire career and show a world-class writer working at the peak of his powers.

In "The Days of Perky Pat," people spend their time playing with dolls who manage to live an idyllic life no longer available to the Earth's real inhabitants. "Adjustment Team" looks at the fate of a man who by mistake has stepped out of his own time. In "Autofac," one community must battle benign machines to take back control of their lives. And in "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon," we follow the story of one man whose very reality may be nothing more than a nightmare. The collection also includes such classic stories as "The Minority Report," the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," the basis for the film Total Recall. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780375421518
0375421513
Characteristics: xiv, 476 p.

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AL_JEREMIAH Aug 08, 2016

Dick is one of the most popular science-fiction writers in the world. He’s most accessible through his short-stories. This book is a sampling of his best work, spanning nearly 30 years, 1952-1980, and is (by far) the best one-volume anthology of his stories. These stories do a fantastic job covering the highlights of his career and in displaying his repeated themes. The book includes a variety of types of stories too, on familiar sci-fi material: androids, aliens, technology, interplanetary migrations and settlements, post-nuclear war, etc. (I’ve read this book three times and never seem to tire of it.) I recommend these stories especially: “Precious Artifact” (1964), “The Electric Ant” (1969), and “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon” (1980).

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Quetzlzacatenango
Mar 17, 2013

A great selection of PKD's mind bending stories. Consistently mined by Hollywood for story ideas, he has inspired movies such as Total Recall, Blade Runner, and Minority Report one can also see his influence on almost every psychological sci-fi movie. I saw elements of the Terminator and Matrix series in several of the stories as well as a few ideas directly in Ghost in the Shell and many time paradox movies. All together I would consider this an easy and well-rounded introduction into the author's writing.

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Twayne
Apr 25, 2012

Excellent collection of stories. I was surprised how may I hadn't read before.
Really good overview of Dick's career.

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