Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Fiction - 466 pages

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 filmTotal 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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User Review  - Cail_Judy - LibraryThing

I got this out to read a sampling of Dick's early work and Jonathan Lethem's essay. The strength in his intro is qualifying the man Dick was, his ambitions and how he never felt accepted. It sets up ... Read full review

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User Review  - ozzieslim - LibraryThing

I came across this book during one of my daily emailings from Book-Bub. The cost was $1.99 which to my mind is a bargain for any Phillip K. Dick novel. I could not even find this title in Goodreads ... Read full review

Contents

Beyond Lies the Wub
1
Roog
9
Paycheck
15
Second Variety
51
Imposter
97
The King of the Elves
113
Adjustment Team
133
Foster Youre Dead
157
A Game of Unchance
303
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
325
Faith of Our Fathers
347
The Electric Ant
379
A Little Something for Us Tempunauts
397
The Exit Door Leads In
419
Rautavaaras Case
439
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
449

Upon the Dull Earth
177
Autofac
199
The Minority Report
223
The Days of Perky Pat
261
Precious Artifact
287
Back Flap
467
Back Cover
468
Spine
469
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PHILIP K. DICK (1928-1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered one of the most visionary authors of the twentieth century. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly.

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