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The Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 1 | [Philip K. Dick]

The Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 1

A visionary whose writing broke through the boundaries of the science fiction genre, Philip K. Dick is regarded as a major figure of twentieth-century fiction. In 2007, he became the first science fiction writer to be included in the Library of America Series. Set in various dystopian futures, these stories explore such themes as time travel, artificial/alien intelligence, authority, knowledge and the use or control of it, memory, and the frighteningly malleable nature of what we call "reality."
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A visionary whose writing broke through the boundaries of the science fiction genre, Philip K. Dick is regarded as a major figure of twentieth-century fiction. In 2007, he became the first science fiction writer to be included in the Library of America Series. This collection of nine of his outstanding shorter works includes such classics as Autofac, Progeny, The Exit Door Leads In, A Little Something for Us Tempunauts, The Last of the Masters, The Preserving Machine, Novelty Act, The War with the Fnools, and The Electric Ant.

Set in various dystopian futures, these stories explore such themes as time travel, artificial/alien intelligence, authority, knowledge and the use or control of it, memory, and the frighteningly malleable nature of what we call "reality."

©2008 Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    James Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-08-11
    James Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Reality questioned brilliantly!"

    Philip K Dick is fantastic at weaving stories about what is reality, or what is living and what is not. These stories hit so many notes. Autofac - World is ended for humans (or is it?), and now the factories battle for resources. (Repeating why we go to war?) Electric Ant - Wow, are any of us really alive? Or just some experiment? Who knows! He will blow your mind.

    The previous individual's review is horribly inaccurate. True, it's written long ago, but the ideas behind these stories each could make an episode of OUTER LIMITS, or even a Blockbuster Movie. Listen to the stories with an open mind, and understand what his reasons for writing them were.

    I actually used Autofac as a 1st story read for my High School class.

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    Ed Nieuwkoop, Netherlands 12-01-11
    Ed Nieuwkoop, Netherlands 12-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not interesting enough"

    I remember fondly some of the stories of Philip Dick that I read in my youth. However, I did not enjoy this collection. Maybe it was that the stories were written by Dick when he was still a young writer, maybe I have changed too much and no longer enjoy Dick as I used to. I did not finish this collection.
    Some of the stories were also read by narrators that annoyed me.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-09-11
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-09-11

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Extremely old-fashioned"

    Written when robotics were poorly understood and greatly feared, ditto computers. The utter lack of subtlety in these stories became quite tiresome. Definitely doesn't stand the test of time. Utter waste of a credit.

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