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Second Variety | [Philip K. Dick]

Second Variety

A short story by Philip K. Dick, first published in Space Science Fiction Magazine, in May 1953. A nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the West has reduced much of the world to a barren wasteland. The war continues, however, among the scattered remains of humanity. The Western forces have recently developed "claws", which are autonomous self-replicating robots, to fight on their side. It is one of Dick's many stories in which nuclear war has rendered the Earth's surface uninhabitable.
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A short story by Philip K. Dick, first published in Space Science Fiction Magazine, in May 1953. A nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the West has reduced much of the world to a barren wasteland. The war continues, however, among the scattered remains of humanity. The Western forces have recently developed "claws", which are autonomous self-replicating robots, to fight on their side. It is one of Dick's many stories in which nuclear war has rendered the Earth's surface uninhabitable.

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    Aaron 12-16-13
    Aaron 12-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Bad. Not bad at all."


    Terminator - 1st generation (second edition?).

    I always appreciate seeing where a successful idea originated.

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    Niels J. Rasmussen 05-31-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Really Fun Story -BUT- You Can See The End Coming"
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    As you can see from the title of my review, the twist ending become pretty obvious about halfway through the story.

    That might ruin the experience for a lot of people, but I enjoyed the short story nonetheless. Philip K Dick is, for the MOST part, a pretty reliable author. You know what to expect from him before you start. He has absolutely amazing ideas behind nearly all of his writings, which I think is his main appeal. PKD isn't as much an author that really does a ton of character development. People read his work because of the totally original and strange places and scenarios that he brings his readers.

    I still enjoyed this story a lot. :)

    8.12 / 10.00

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    Robert A. Lime 05-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Philip K Dick"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Second Variety?

    Nice surprise ending


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    Better than most PKD short stories. Another well done vision of a dystopiac, post-nuclear holocaust world. The ending was slightly predictable, but good nonetheless.

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