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Philip K. Dick

The Best of Philip K. Dick

Ballantine's Classic Library of Science Fiction: Book 8

Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick didn't predict the future -- he summoned the desperate bleakness of our present directly from his fevered paranoia. Dick didn't predict the Internet or iPhones or email or 3D printers, but rather he so thoroughly understood human nature that he could already see, even at the advent of the transistor, the way technology would alienate us from each other and from ourselves. He could see us isolated and drifting in our own private realities even before we had plugged in our earbuds. He could see, even in the earliest days of space exploration, how much of our own existence remained unexplored, and how the great black spaces between people were growing even as our universe was shrinking.

Philip K. Dick spent his first three years as a science fiction author writing shorter fiction, and in his lifetime he composed almost 150 short stories, many of which have gone on to be adapted into (slightly watered down) Hollywood blockbusters: The Adjustment Bureau, Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Paycheck, and Imposter are just a few of the films that have been adapted from PKD's work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Reality of Philip K. Dick - (1977) - essay by John Brunner
  • Beyond Lies the Wub - (1952) - short story
  • Roog - (1953) - short story
  • Second Variety - [Claws - 1] - (1953) - novelette
  • Paycheck - (1953) - novelette
  • Impostor - (1953) - short story
  • Colony - (1953) - novelette
  • Expendable - (1953) - short story
  • The Days of Perky Pat - (1963) - novelette
  • Breakfast at Twilight - (1954) - short story
  • Foster, You're Dead - (1955) - short story
  • The Father-Thing - (1954) - short story
  • Service Call - (1955) - novelette
  • Autofac - (1955) - novelette
  • Human Is - (1955) - short story
  • If There Were No Benny Cemoli - (1963) - novelette
  • Oh, to Be a Blobel! - (1964) - novelette
  • Faith of Our Fathers - (1967) - novelette
  • The Electric Ant - (1969) - short story
  • A Little Something for Us Tempunauts - (1974) - novelette
  • Afterthoughts by the Author - (1977) - essay

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