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Many thousands of readers consider Philip K. Dick the greatest science fiction mind on any planet. Since his untimely death in 1982, interest in his works has continued to mount, and his reputation has been further enhanced by a growing body of critical attention. Dick won the prestigious Hugo Award for best novel of 1963 for "The Man in the High Castle, " and in the lastMany thousands of readers consider Philip K. Dick the greatest science fiction mind on any planet. Since his untimely death in 1982, interest in his works has continued to mount, and his reputation has been further enhanced by a growing body of critical attention. Dick won the prestigious Hugo Award for best novel of 1963 for "The Man in the High Castle, " and in the last year of his life, the film Blade Runner was made from his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?This volume includes all of the writer's earliest short and medium-length fiction (including some previously unpublished stories) covering the years 1952-1955. These fascinating stories include "Beyond Lies the Wub, " "The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford, " "The Variable Man, " and twenty-two others....

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The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick 1: The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford Reviews

  • Manny
    2019-04-21 07:10

    Because you are currently reading The Theory of Groups and Quantum Mechanics, a few recommendations in Science,Goodreads told me just now. This book was fourth on the list. Well, that's either very clever or very stupid.

  • BillKerwin
    2019-04-18 05:06

    This, the first a series of six volumes of Dick’s collected short fiction, covers the period between1947 and 1953, encompassing his first six month marriage, his even briefer college experiment at Berkeley, the beginning of his second (nine year) marriage, his four years working at a Telegraph Hill record store, and his first year supporting himself as a full-time writer. (Just barely self-supporting. Dick said he lacked the money to pay his library fines.)The quality varies considerably, from one story to the next, but even the worst stories (which are not that bad, really) are remarkably inventive and filled with surprises. They are mostly science fiction, with a sprinkling of contemporary fantasy, and fall into two major categories: 1) stories that, after establishing a believable reality and suggesting a theme, lead to an event that compels the reader to question that reality and to rethink the idea of a theme, 2) a retelling of an old myth or an old fairy tale in a contemporary setting, in a way that makes it seem new and ancient at the same time.My favorite of the twenty-five tales included here are: “Roog” (a dog is suspicious of the garbage men), “The Little Movement” (toy soldiers with a mind of their own), “Beyond Lies the Wub” (a space creature with an extraordinary ability), “The Defenders” (after years of robot war, Americans leave their bunker to explore the surface of an abandoned earth), “Piper in the Woods” (the Terran colonist don’t want to work anymore, sayings they are called by “the piper”), “The Infinites” (space travelers undergo a rapid evolutionary transformation), “The Preserving Machine” (Doc Labyrinth turns musical pieces into animals, with disturbing results), “Expendable” (a man finds himself in the middle of an insect war), “The Builder” (a contemporary Noah), “Meddler” (a time-machine story with a very creepy ending), “Paycheck” (a time-traveling engineer must save himself with a cryptic collection of objects sent by his future-self), “King of the Elves” (an old man discovers his destiny), “Colony” (Terran colonists find their appliances and household objects have turned against them), and “Nanny” (warfare as a form of planned obsolescence for domestic robots).These thirteen tales are guaranteed to expand your mind and leave you slightly paranoid as well. And the other twelve tale. Well, they are pretty good too.

  • Mövlüd
    2019-04-09 07:13

    PKD' nin hekayələrinin cəmləşdiyi 5 cildlik antologiyasının ilk dayanacağı. İlk cild olan- "Bay Uzay Gemisi' ndə PKD' nin 1951-1952-ci illərdə yazdığı 25 hekayəsi yer alıb. PKD' nin hələ o vaxt 23-24 yaşlarında olduğunu nəzərə alsaq, kitabdakı elmi- fantastik (bəziləri fantastik olmaqla) hekayələr çox mahircə yazılıb.PKD' nin yaradıcılığının son illərində yazdığı romanlarındakı, yazarla birgə duyduğum hisslərin ən ibtidai formasını bu hekayələrdə də hiss etdim. Kitab gerçəklik haqqında ortaya qoyduğu suallar, distopik gələcək düşüncələri və biraz da gələcəkdə bizi gözləyən texnoloji inkişafa qarşı qorxusunun yazarın gənc yaşlarından sahib olduğu düşüncə forması olduğunu ortaya qoyur. Və 70-ci illərdə yazdığı romanlarında obrazların dilindən göstərilsə də, yazarın da sahib olduğu paranoyanın izləri gənclik ədəbi nümunələrində də görünür. Elmi-fantastik yazarlar arasında xüsusi yeri olduğuna hər əsəri ilə bir daha inandığım bir yazar.Tərcüməyə gəldikdə 6.45' in əksinə daha oxunaqlı tərcümə ilə qarşılaşdım.

  • Jack Stovold
    2019-04-10 05:03

    Having never read any Philip K. Dick, but long having an interest, I’ve decided to read through all his works in chronological order as best as I can (for various reasons, I won’t be able to read his first novel, Gather Yourselves Together, until July). I want to give you my impressions of his works as a first-timer and observe the evolution of his writing. I started with this one.This collection contains most of Dick’s earliest stories, mostly written in 1952, although the first one, “Stability”, is his earliest known story, written in 1947 but first published nearly forty years later. I was hooked as soon as I read “Stability”, which contains a classic time travel paradox, and a truly bizarre ending that I don’t fully understand, but like so many of the stories in this collection left a vivid image in my mind. Perhaps the thing that surprised me most about this collection, based on my impressions of Dick, was the frankly fantastical and earnest nature of most of these stories. Dick is definitely not a “hard” sci-fi writer here, in that the “science” in many of these stories is vaguely sketched out at best. In fact, a number of them, such as “Expendable” (a tale of a man caught between the war for earth’s fate between sentient ants and spiders), “Roog” ( the terror experienced by a dog perceiving garbagemen as marauding invaders) “The Builder” (about a modern day Noah), “Out in the Garden” (a man is concerned his toddler son is actually the product of his wife’s affair with a duck), and the two Doc Labyrinth stories, “The Preserving Machine” (Labyrinth creates a machine to turn musical compositions into animals), and the title story “The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford” (Labyrinth creates a machine to bring inanimate objects to life) are in fact just trippy little fantasy vignettes. They’re a lot of fun. One other thing I like is how casually Dick throws in sci-fi tropes like aliens, time-travel and interplanetary councils and wars. For example, the Martians in “The Crystal Crypt” are almost comically under-explained. They appear to be human and dark-skinned, but they apparently have a millennia old civilization. Whether they are truly alien or an ancient human colony is entirely unexplained. Similarly, in “Prize Ship”, the people of the nine planets of the solar system are obviously human colonists, but the Ganymedeans appear to be alien and have a different language, but I can’t be sure. (Also unexplained: do the people of Jupiter, Saturn, etc; actually live on gas planets? Dick obviously cares little about these things). Speaking of “Prize Ship”, the story has an example of what I perceive to be one of Dick’s greatest strengths throughout this collection, the ability to create vivid imagery. The image of the tiny medieval warriors in “Prize Ship”, the eerie scene of malevolent butterflies gathering in a grassy meadow in “Meddler”, the epic moonlit battle between the elves and the trolls in “The King of the Elves”, and the time-travel scenes and bizarre ending of the above-mentioned “Stability” are still rattling around in my head weeks after finishing this. Many of the sci-fi tropes featured in this book seem almost clichéd, but one has to remember Dick has been imitated so often that many of these must have seemed much original at the time, especially time-loop paradoxes, which Dick uses often to great effect, at least three times in this collection, in “Stability”, “The Skull”, and “Meddler”. However, at other times Dick thinks of something striking, as in the consequence of time travel in “Prize Ship”. I had never considered and never seen explored in any other work (this consequence is also ignored in Dick’s other time travel stories). Other tropes familiar to sci-fi readers, especially sci-fi of the 50s, are cold-war paranoia, either of endless apocalyptic war with the Russians (“The Defenders”), post nuclear wastelands (“The Great C”, “The Gun”), time-travel (a whole bunch), interstellar war (“Mr. Spaceship”, “The Variable Man”), and brain transference into a machine (“Mr. Spaceship”). One of my favorite little stories, “The Indefatigable Frog”, featured petty rival professors and strongly reminded me of Asimov. “Beyond Lies the Wub” also featured a twist ending reminiscent of Asimov. The two longest stories in this collection, “The Variable Man” and “Paycheck” were quite good. “The Variable Man” was simultaneously thrilling and amateurish, but I keep thinking about it. It contains Dick’s most “science-fiction-y” concept in the bomb used to destroy the Alpha Centauris. I’m surprised it hasn’t been made into a movie yet. On the other hand, the exciting “Paycheck” has been made into a movie that falls short of the story, disappointing as both a Dick adaptation and as a John Woo film. (“King of the Elves” is also apparently in the works as a CG kids movie from Disney). Perhaps what charmed me most about this collection was the pulpy, almost comic-book like nature of many of these stories, which was something I didn’t expect. “The Infinites”, another of my favorites, could easily be an episode of the original Star Trek. Many others remind me of the “The Twilight Zone”. Highly recommended. The only drawbacks are the tossed-off nature of many of the sci-fi concepts in here. This might turn off some people, especially if you’re used to harder sci-fi like Asimov. The concepts here are less important than how people react to them. I haven’t read any later Dick, but the stories here are by and large pulpy, and many of them don’t have any underlying theme or message, instead just focusing on telling an entertaining yarn. A few of them are slight and unmemorable (“The Builder”, “Out in the Garden”). On the whole, however, I found this very entertaining, and I look forward to more Dick.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-03 03:03

    I admit, I am biased. The short story form is under appreciated and under utilized and I would much rather see genius is the short form than mediocrity in the novel. PKD is the type of writer that makes you remember that the short story form is an art form and much more difficult to pull off than other, longer forms. Despite that he's relegated to "genre writer" category, there are numerous short stories that delve into deeper areas of philosophy, humanism, and, of course, the future of the world. Sure, there are predictable stories but the majority are really, honestly thought-provoking. He also isn't afraid of reusing a character. Notable are the timelessness of the pieces, they seldom felt out-dated or period. I wish I could write like PDK.

  • Jim
    2019-04-25 04:53

    This collection of early (as in pre-breakdown) Philip K. Dick stories runs the gamut from later-became-blockbusters such as "Paycheck" to hidden gems like "Beyond Lies the Wub". If you're not familiar with Philip K. Dick, this is a good place to start.

  • Mark
    2019-04-20 01:45

    I generally like Philip K. Dick better in his short stories. He has fantastic and weird ideas, but too often his plotting and characterization can't sustain a novel length. Anyhoo, this is a collection of his earliest short/medium length works, covering 1952-55. Many are strongly influenced by the cold war, something that oddly contrasts with the current U.S. culture that has us fighting three simultaneous wars of choice. Among of my favorites is "The Preserving Machine" wherein a scientist is so concerned that WW3 will destroy cultural treasures that he invents a machine to turn classical music into animals so the music will be able to survive independent of human civilization. The outcome, as you can probably anticipate, is not encouraging.

  • Scurra
    2019-03-30 01:55

    The five volumes of Dick's collected stories are a masterclass in how to write short stories from intimate character studies to massive universe spanning plots, all wrapped up in a few pages.And even more impressive is that very few of them take place in the same world. So often a massive amount of backstory has to be sketched in for us, or sometimes simply left for us to infer, and yet almost every time it works and is consistent.Not every story is perfect, but more than enough of them are to justify the five stars.

  • TAB
    2019-04-06 04:58

    Stupendous collection of short stories, I have been converted to Dick's idea of science fiction (set out by him in the preface) that the lead character of a science fiction story should not be a person but instead, an idea. An idea that has roots in this, the modern world, but changes the face of what we know so as to make us question the possibilities of our future (and in some cases our alternate past or present). Give me more!Best stories: "Beyond Lies the Wub", "The Defenders", "Paycheck", "Variable Man", "The Skull", The Crystal Crypt"

  • Yulande Lindsay
    2019-03-28 05:05

    Thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories by Philip K. Dick. The sheer range of his imagination staggers. His exploration of a variety of subjects, in particular the consequences of war, result in stories that are often insightful and yes, often chilling as one recognizes the possibilities presented in each one. My favourites include: Nanny, Colony, The King of the Elves, The Variable Man and Paycheck.

  • Ali Berk Çetinbudaklar
    2019-04-04 22:57

    Bu kitap "bir insan 7'sinde ne ise 70'inde de odur" sözünü kanıtlar gibi. Okuduğunuz bütün Dick kitaplarını hatırlayın, hepsini hatırlmasanız da olur. Genel hatlarını getirin aklınıza, sonlardaki falsoları hatırlayın, paranoyak/psikoz/şizofren, artık ne derseniz diyin, o karakterleri düşünün, yarattığı dünyaları baskıcı/totaliter/7/24 insan davranışlarını gözetim altında tutan bir üst yönetime tabi tuttuğunu anımsayın. İşte bunların hepsi bu kitapta genç Dick tarafından ham bir şekilde önümüze sunulmuş. Ham dediğime bakmayın gayet olgun, gayet umut veren, gayet Dick'imsi parçalar her biri. Üstelik Dick'in diğer yönelimlerini de görmüş bulundum. Açıkçası BK'nın genel olarak cyberpunk,distopya ve gerçekliği sorgulayıcı yapımları üzerinde duran Dick'in Oyuncak gibi Elflerin Kralı gibi daha fantastiğe yakın hikayelerini de okuyabiliyoruz. Özellikle Oyuncak adlı hikayesi Toy Story'nin ilham kaynağı gibi bir şey heralde ( tabi daha şeytani, Dick sosuyla).Sözün özü, kaçmaz bu fırsat,edinin okuyun ki daha sonraki ciltler de basılsın :D Daha 4 cildimiz daha var Dİck'ten okunmayı bekleyen.

  • Brian Schwartz
    2019-04-16 04:44

    This first volume of Philip K. Dick’s short fiction introduces the themes that dominate his writing throughout his storied career. His abhorrence of war. Fear of atomic destruction. The folly of over reliance on technology. Dick is able to introduce these themes, make the reader consider his subtext, all while telling superb, plot driven fiction.

  • Nick
    2019-03-31 23:51

    This was my first bush with PKD, and immediately made me a convert. This collection is more than a few science fiction short stories. This is PKD at his best, flirting with an idea, stretching it as far as he can, stretching you as far as he can, and finishing with a great story leaving you with plenty to ponder. There really isn't a bad story in this extensive collection.

  • Marts(Thinker)
    2019-04-17 04:04

    This is a rather interesting tale. So happens, a crew member on this ship buys an animal from a native for only 50 cents. Its strange but whats even stranger is that he talks, and hey, its no ordinary talking the thing is rather philosophical, anyway its called a Wub... and its interesting to learn what happens to him!!

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-12 03:44

    I am not going to write a summary, it is annoying when people do that. Congratulations on restating everything that is located on the back of the book. Anyway, this is what I think... This is one of those books I recommend purchasing and not borrowing from a library or a friend. Great short stories that can be read and reread many times.

  • Tim Juchter
    2019-04-26 04:58

    You can see all Dick's themes developing, from simple stories about a dog whose barking is the only thing frightening away dangerous aliens, to more involved fantasies about a subterranean post-apocalyptic future. "Beyond Lies the Wub" might make you consider vegetarianism.

  • Ratnesh Neema
    2019-03-28 02:08

    Simply amazing... Philip's imagination knows no bounds!

  • Rene Bard
    2019-04-27 03:45

    Years ago, I entered the PKD universe by way of his major novels; Ubik was the first. Immersed in the brilliance of his weirdness, I felt him reach out of the pages, grab my skin-covered skull, glasses and all, and shake it like a snow globe. Each new experience with PKD - The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and, eventually, his masterpiece A Scanner Darkly - stirred up the confetti within the glass sphere. The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick 1: The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford contains his earliest short stories including his first, "Beyond Lies the Wub", which was published when he was 23. These stories show PKD developing his chops. In spite of the limitations (and perks) inherent within the sci-fi & fantasy short story universe of the 1950s - namely, the demands from a mostly all-male audience of geeks for space opera, the anatomically-enhanced femme fatale, and prosaic brain puzzles - PKD brought something universal to the genre. What this was or is, many of us are still having fun trying to figure out. Speaking of his development as a writer, PKD wrote in 1968 after years of publishing success: "The difference between a short story and a novel comes to this: a short story may deal with murder; a novel deals with the murderer...."So we find in this early cache of work the themes that PKD would mine throughout his career: paranoia, breakdown in communication, weirdness, transmigration or metamorphosis, anti-war, lethargy and abulia, rapid evolution, The Fall of humankind, precognition, and the limits of knowledge. In every story except "Paycheck" which was my least favorite in this collection, even the ones which are nothing more than the gimmicks of a wise-cracking genius - stories like "Expendable", "The Indefatigable Frog", and "Out in the Garden" - PKD's prose is lucid and always in control of the reader. I disagree with any and all critics who dismiss him as a minor writer or "not literary enough." Of course, these stories are not literary in the generally-accepted sense of the word, but it is a testament to PKD's skill that he is able to soar into the sky of "literary subtexts" with such pedestrian materials.You may, like me, read these stories for their ideas, looking past the creaking genre, but if, unlike me, you have not yet read a PKD novel, I recommend you start with "A Scanner Darkly" or "Ubik" and feel the earth move.

  • J.
    2019-03-31 02:14

    So I certainly think Dick is one of the great sci-fi writers, but this collection of early stories definitely shows it's earliness. Nothing is quite as polished as you'd like (although that's pretty standard for Dick, I guess.) When it boils down to it, there just weren't that many great stories here.Included:Stability - 3 stars - It's sort of ironic (prescient?) that Dick's first story is what it is: time travel and confusion.Roog - 2 stars - I know this is a beloved story, but it's never done it for me, and it didn't this time, either. I know what it's going for, but it doesn't seem to get there, for me.The Little Movement - 3 stars - A humorous little story, but the ending is a little too predictable to have the necessary punch.Beyond Lies the Wub - 4 stars - I liked this one quite a bit. It seems so silly and Seuss-ian, but there's something here about the depth of man's capacity for evil that I like.The Gun - 3 stars - reads like a fairly standard sci-fi story. Not bad, but nothing particularly PKD here.The Skull - 5 stars - I was really surprised that PKD's religious fascination started so early; I had gotten the impression this was a later phenomenon. Invariably, this is essentially PKD writing the "what if Jesus was a time traveler," but maybe not making it completely explicit. (I assume that's because of when he was writing.) The finale and everything ends up being pretty predictable, but there's still something fascinating in how it unfolds.The Defenders - 5 stars - The first story revolving deeply around Cold War Hysteria, a theme he was big on. But this one points out the irony of the whole thing by having highly rational robots just trick the humans into behaving better. I like seeing humans get tricked into bettering themselves, apparently.Mr Spaceship - 2 stars - has an interesting premise, but doesn't go anywhere interesting.Piper in the Woods - 3 stars - Futuristic disease investigation.The Infinites - ? - I only remember a couple of weird scenes from this one, and I didn't like it enough to re-read it. Sorry.The Preserving Machine - 3 stars - So this isn't really a science fiction story. It's about transforming pieces of music into animals, then letting them survive in the wild; so, more surreal than science. It turns out pretty much the way you'd expect, but the idea itself is sort of strangely compelling, so I enjoyed it.Expendable - 2 stars - Another one with some sort of premise that isn't teased out enough. This one feels like the first 5 pages of a longer story, in fact.The Variable Man - 1 star - This story is really long and rambling, and most of it is unnecessary for the story itself. In fact, it gets so long and tedious that I actually can't remember what finally happens at the end. I think it does have some sort of resolution, but I was well past caring, by that point...The Indefatigable Frog - 4 stars - As an academic, I tend to appreciate stories revolving around passionate and ridiculous academic arguments, as this one does.The Crystal Crypt - 2 stars - standard.The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford - 2 stars - So this is chosen to be the title story, huh? About a guy who brings a shoe to life? I don't get it...The Builder - 3 stars - PKD tackles Noah.Meddler - 3 stars - In this world, you can see the future but not the past. That's really weird. And it has deadly butterflies in it, which is cool. But at the end of the day, it's just too, too obvious what's going to happen. A story where the end is writ at the beginning.Paycheck - 2 stars - This is one of the PKD stories that I find really, really frustrating, because it has such a nice premise, and handles it well for a while, before completely going off the tracks. In this case, all is well as the premise begins to unfold: the main character has left himself a pile of random objects that seem unusually useful, for some reason. And there's a fascinating premise here corporations have a sort of sacredness from government meddling that individuals don't have (a surprisingly believable concept, at the moment). But then, our hero decides to use his powers to blackmail the corporation into hiring him? That's the big plan? It's so bizarre that I can never wrap my head around it. And the winking implication of an as-yet-unpredicted romance at the very end of the story is unbearingly groan-inducing. If you're reading this book, you probably know that this was made into a movie a decade or so ago. That movie fixes the main problems in this story while introducing a whole host of new ones. (Primary amongst them, the fact that this everyday engineer and his everyday biologist girlfriend somehow turn into some sort of super-ninja secret agents. This is only exacerbated by Girlfriend repeating to Boyfriend that he's "only OK" at handling a motorcycle, as he's performing matrix-style stunts through traffic.) This is certainly NOT the only instance of a highly-flawed PKD piece being turned into a differently-flawed movie.The Great C - 4 stars - Post-apocalyptic humanity relates to a surviving mega-computer.Out in the Garden - ? - PKD modernizes Leda and the Swan. I find this one inexplicable.The King of the Elves - 3 stars - PKD writes a fantasy story, which sort of surprised me. It's passable enough.Colony - 5 stars - This one made me laugh pretty hard. An alien life form that can imitate any inanimate object in your house, then eat you when you sit on it / touch it / wear it. There is something fascinatingly paranoid and beautiful about the idea. Nice ending, too.Prize Ship - 2 stars - A space ship lets us visit Lilliput and Brobdingnag? Meh.Nanny - 4 stars - I love PKD's stories against consumerism, and that theme seems to start here. Companies are building their Nanny Robots to destroy each other, so that people have to keep upgrading. There's something so patently ridiculous about it being babysitting robots, but it certainly drives the point home, eh?

  • David
    2019-04-13 01:09

    Philip K. Dick is a master of the sci-fi short form. This is the first of five volumes collecting his short stories in chronological order. This volume covers the years 1952-55, and includes such gems as "Paycheck" and "Roog".A nice feature of these volumes is the inclusion of PKD's story notes. I particularly love his commentary on his first sale, "Roog", in which he remarks how a blind high school student intuitively grokked his story, in contrast to a respected anthologist, who rejected it. In fact, I took a tip from PKD and read this one at my kids' elementary school (twice). It practically begs to be read aloud.Other standouts in this volume include "Variable Man", about an engineer from the past whose mechanical intuition saves humanity; "The Builder", about a modern-day Noah; "The Colony", a riff on Gulliver's Travels; "The Indefatigable Frog", which proposes a solution to Xeno's paradox; and the title story, one of Dick's best examples of turning everyday objects into stars in their own right.

  • Ben Loory
    2019-04-22 01:03

    there are more great ideas in this one book of stories than there are in most writers' complete works. and some of the stories, "beyond lies the wub," for instance, are absolutely perfect pkd. but the vast majority of them sort of bore me, and that's something considering what a huge fan i am. perhaps because they're from so early in his career, they still feel too science-fictional, too pulpy. he hasn't yet progressed to questioning reality itself, hasn't gotten into religion and madness. so, for the most part, these could be star trek episodes. they read like stories from pulp sf magazines. which is of course what they were.still, there are flashes of absolute brilliance, and the instantly-identifiable pkd voice is there.Hall placed four items on Commander Morrison's desk: a microscope, a towel, a metal belt, and a small red-and-white rug.She edged away nervously. "Major, are you sure--""They're all right now. That's the strangest part. This towel. A few hours ago it tried to kill me. I got away by blasting it to particles. But here it is, back again. The way it always was. Harmless.Captain Taylor fingered the red-and-white rug warily. "That's my rug. I brought it from Terra. My wife gave it to me. I-- I trusted it completely."god damn but that guy was a genius.

  • Warren
    2019-04-17 05:02

    A fun collection of short stories (seemingly presented in the order they were written? i should double check that this held true throughout edit: apparently that was the idea of this series of collections. although they later abandoned the idea).I picked this up for a quick introduction to the legendary author's work. I was suprised by the general lack of hard science, and the heavy focus on war (critical).LIGHT SPOILERS: My favories were the first and final stories. the first, Stability, for being so crazayyy and challenging (concerning angels and alternate timelines/alternate cultures and the ideas of human innovation itself), and the final story, Nanny, for being such a biting criticism of our consumer culture (nanny robots, programmed to protect and love our children, but also to fight competing products to death). the rest of the stories struck me as ho-hum (though I'd already read a few. so maybe that stole the fun).

  • Ümit
    2019-03-27 05:13

    İçinde belki de bir tane bile vasat öykü bulunmayan bir külliyatın ilk halkası, ilk cildi. Daha 20'li yaşlarında bile dehanın gelişi yavaştan belli ediyormuş kendisini. Pek çok öykü fikirsel anlamda harika yenilikler ve yaratıcılıklar barındırıyor. Her şeyiyle müthiş.PKD'nin bu öykülerinin Türkçe olarak -geç de olsa- yayınlanıyor olması bizler için bir nimet, ancak yayıncı Büyülü Fener'in dikkat etmesi husular var; dizgi, imlâ ve çeviri hataları, bilhassa da baştan sona çok ucuz bir görüntü sergileyen A4 kağıdına basılmış bir kitap. Gördüm, 2. cilt de öyle, dilerim düzeltirler.PKD'ye tapıyoruz.

  • হাঁটুপানির জলদস্যু
    2019-03-27 04:47

    আহামরি তাকলাগানো গল্প এই সংকলনে নেই, কিন্তু প্রায় প্রতিটি গল্পে একটা নতুন চিন্তার বীজ আছে। ফিলিপ কে ডিকের বেশির ভাগ গল্পই এমন, ঘটনার ঘনঘটার বদলে পাঠকের মনের মধ্যে গল্পের শুরু থেকে শেষ পর্যন্ত একটা নতুন চিন্তা রোপণ করে যাওয়াই সেখানে মুখ্য। পড়তে দারুণ লাগলো।রোয়াল ডালের সঙ্গে ফিল ডিকের লেখার ধরনে খানিকটা মিল আছে মনে হলো, যদিও রোয়াল ডালের গল্পগুলোতে সাসপেন্স আরো জোরালো, আর ডাল দ্যনুমাঁতে মনোযোগী, যেখানে ডিক গল্পের শেষ লাইনে পাঠকের মনের দরজায় দারুণ এক ঘা বসিয়ে দিতে পারঙ্গম (সত্যজিৎ রায়ের "ফ্রিৎস" গল্পটা যারা পড়েছেন, তারা ব্যাপারটা বুঝবেন)।

  • Warren Watts
    2019-04-23 01:04

    An entertaining collection of some of Mr. Dick's short stories. I see a lot of similarities between his style and that of Ray Bradbury. Philip K. Dick didn't have that magical way with words or the insight into what makes us human that Bradbury did, but his stories always make me think. I interpret the message behind his stories to be one of hope or impending disaster for humanity/society. Speculation is a key part of a good science fiction tale, and Philip K. Dick was really good at wrapping a "ripping yarn" around an idea.

  • Jean-François Lisée
    2019-04-07 06:54

    J'ai décidé de lire tout Phillip K. Dick. Ce premier recueil de nouvelles est à la hauteur de mes attentes. Dick a une pensée non-linéaire, anti-conservatrice, cherchant dans chaque situation l'élément qui détonne, qui étonne. Un libre penseur déployant son talent sur le canevas de la science-fiction.Ces premiers textes sont empreints de l'esprit de la guerre froide alors en cours. J'ai hâte de lire la suite...

  • Kris
    2019-04-03 06:51

    A fantastic collection of sci-fi tales by Phillip K. Dick. I can see why they made a movie out of "Paycheck" and his other stories have the potential of being translated to the big screen. Main of his stories have dark twists and a bleak outlook for the fate of humankind. Some do have glimmers of humor and hope, like "The Short Happy Life Of The Brown Oxford."

  • Pölly
    2019-04-23 00:52

    The collection I read was titled Beyond Lies the Wub, and the title story was a "you are what you eat" warning on extra terrestrial food. The Brown Oxford is a love story between animated shoes. Overall the stories were all like that, cute and punchy and the literary equivalent of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

  • Pranjal Sahu
    2019-04-03 22:48

    Movies like Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau influenced me so much that I decided I need to read more of his stories. At first I thought I would prepare a list of favorite stories from this collection but it turns out every single one of it is a gem. Twists, suspense, futuristic... it has got everything. Many of the stories are based on and deal with wars and its after effects.

  • Bethany
    2019-03-29 22:53

    Obviously some stories are going to be better than others, but overall, this is an excellent collection. Some of the stories seem like they have the "legs" for a longer form, but each one has concise prose and is engaging. I especially enjoyed Paycheck and Colony.