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... show more
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.
Publish date: November 5th 2002
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Short Stories
, Short Story Collection
Philip K Dick is the Kafka of scifi - or maybe just the Kafka of America - endlessly paranoid and inventive. It's dangerous to read too many of his stories in a row; they start to run together. But then, so does Borges. My favorite right now is the last story in this collection, "I Hope I Shall Arri...
This is a great collection of some of the very best PKD short stories. Anyone who is fairly familiar with Dick's short stories will have read most of them already, but I would say this is the best single volume collection of PKD shorts on the market.Some of the stand-out stories are Paycheck, The Ki...
While I found each of these stories a little formulaic it was amazing what PKD did with these formulas. Character development is never great in short stories and usually neither is world building but PKD managed to do the latter enough to place his fast paced stories in, using his out of the normal ...
Freaking amazing. PKD's short stories are so much better than Androids. My particular favorites are Second Variety, Minority Report, You're Dead Foster, and They Days of Perky Pat. Most of the collection deal with post-nuclear exchange Earth and deal with common themes like paranoia and free-will...