Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

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Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013, c2002
ISBN: 9780544040540
Branch Call Number: SF DIC
Characteristics: xii, 466 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Dick, Philip K.
Lethem, Jonathan


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ArapahoeJeremiah 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).

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.

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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