Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick [NOOK Book]

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Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick contains 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. ...

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Overview

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick contains 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. With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, should help persuade mainstream readers that the late SF author was no "mere" genre writer. Fans of the Spielberg film Minority Report will find Dick's original, "The Minority Report," along with 20 other masterful tales.
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty-one stories culled from Dick's (1928–82) considerable output; all have appeared in collections before, if only in the five-volume Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick (1986). Although the basis for the current selection isn't clear, the timing coincides with the release of yet another movie based on his work. Both "Beyond Lies the Wub," Dick's first published story, and "Roog," his first sale, appear. Most of the stories reflect Dick's dearest obsessions, "What is real?" or "What is human?," sometimes both at once. For Dick, reality might be adjusted at any moment: by the government, drugs, psychiatrists, aliens, or god. Angels could be vampires. Memories are at best unreliable, more likely false, or lost altogether. Machines, once activated, can’t be shut off, and overthrow humanity. Changelings remain unaware of their real identity: robots assume they're human; an assassin knows nothing of the bomb he carries. Four tales here have been made into movies, if not altogether recognizably: "Second Variety" became Screamers; "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" developed, via Piers Anthony, into Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall; "Imposter," spelled correctly, is Impostor; and the recent adaptation of "The Minority Report" stars Tom Cruise. Was Dick then a prophet, clairvoyantly writing outlines for future movie moguls? No. But it's curious how aptly today's world reflects the concepts that tormented and fascinated the author: paranoia, shifting realities, pulp culture, and machines. These are not, for the most part, outstanding stories, but the worlds of this fevered imagination have become our luridly inescapable reality.
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"A brilliant, idiosyncratic, formidably intelligent writer . . . Dick illuminates. He casts light. He gives off a radiance." -- Washington Post

 
"A terrific cross-section of Dick’s shorter fiction . . . essential for new fans." -- The Onion A.V. Club

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544040601
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 89,190
  • File size: 729 KB

Meet the Author

Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of nine novels, including Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Gun, with Occasional MusicDissident Gardens is his most recent novel.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Beyond Lies the Wub 3
Roog 12
Paycheck 18
Second Variety 55
Imposter 101
The King of the Elves 116
Adjustment Team 136
Foster, You're Dead 160
Upon the Dull Earth 180
Autofac 202
The Minority Report 227
The Days of Perky Pat 265
Precious Artifact 291
A Game of Unchance 307
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale 328
Faith of Our Fathers 350
The Electric Ant 382
A Little Something for Us Tempunauts 401
The Exit Door Leads In 424
Rautavaara's Case 444
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon 455
Publisher's Acknowledgments 475
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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    Sci- fi Suspense.

    Philip K. Dick has done a super job of keeping his readers in suspense with these short sci-fi stories. If you enjoy "The Twilight Zone" you will probably like Philip K. Dick's short stories. Included in this work of short stories are the titles: "Adjustment Team" {which will be coming out as a movie in 2010, with the title "The Adjustment Bureau"}; "The Minority Report" {which was already made into a movie}; "Precious Artifact" and "Foster, You're Dead." Each short story has a fascinating protagonist along with a gripping storyline. This is fantastic science fiction for us sci-fi enthusiasts. It would be great to see more of these stories come to life on screen or just on a DVD. A favorable review: great for sci-fi fun and adventure, well developed tales of suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    None-Stop Read

    I rented this book from my library and read it in a week. It's amazing. Dick is the master at conveying unique and thought provoking philisophical ideas through the medium of the short story. Many have criticized his lack of characters, but I found them all to be not only interesting, but the perfect tour guides to lead you through the strange worlds Dick has created. Overall, a great read, and worth buying if you enjoying sci-fi even a little.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    time warp

    I really enjoy this book. It's amazing to see the comparisons between the movies and pictures to PKD's work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    great collection

    PKD = Raymond Chandler + Spinoza?

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