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Dick: Five Novels of the 1960s and 70s

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Jonathan Lethem, editor
"The most outre science fiction writer of the 20th century has finally entered the canon," exclaimed "Wired Magazine" upon The Library of America's May 2007 publication of "Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s," edited by Jonathan Lethem. Now comes a companion volume collecting five novels that offer a breathtaking overview of the range of this
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Hardcover, 1128 pages
Published July 31st 2008 by Library of America
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Four Novels of the 1960s by Philip K. DickCollected Works by Flannery O'ConnorPoetry and Prose by Walt WhitmanNovels and Stories, 1920-1922 by F. Scott FitzgeraldMississippi Writings by Mark Twain
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brian
plato's cave myth has particular resonance in the age of oprah, dr. phil, and tea party/occupy jackassiness -- it reinforces the idea that I am special, I have a unique handle on the truth, that I am the one peering out there at the mouth of the cave & pity (but take secret schadendelight in) all you poor fools whiling away your days staring at flickering shadows. it offers a direct appeal to our egos, our fear of being ordinary, our fear of mortality, that there's something else out there s ...more
Tait
I’d love you but I’m not sure you’re real: musings on PK Dick

The past few months I’ve been immersed in the canonical Library America edition of the collected works of Philip K Dick, consecutively reading The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik, Martian Time-Slip, Dr. Bloodmoney, Now Wait for Last Year, and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, and figured it was time to ramble a little about what, for me, makes PK such a genius wr
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Janelle Dazzlepants
FYI: I didn't read Martian Time Slip or A Scanner Darkly as part of this anthology. I've read MTS before and intend to re-read it soon as my review wasn't at all thorough. I also intend to read A Scanner Darkly at a later time, as I own it. Once I read them I'll go through and update this review accordingly. So I'll just be reviewing Dr. Bloodmoney, Now Wait for Last Year and Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said in the context of an anthology.

To be honest, I don't think that these were great choic
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Chris
Jul 18, 2011 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
This is one of the best and most surprising books (a collection of novels, in fact) that I've read in a long time. I was turned on to Dick by reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? on my way back to Chicago from Tokyo via San Francisco this summer. I really enjoyed that book, and feeling quite fine after a couple weeks of travel at the end of summer I decided to dive right into more of Dick's writing.

Dick's stories can be called sf, but they differ from many other entries in that genre in
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Craig Tyler
Well this is my first time reading any signiifcant amount of Philip K Dick's work. In totality, within this volume, I will say it is average. I know the work is unusual, I know it has themes that appeal to audiences (Sex, Drugs, the obsession with ruined/ruinous relationships, taking a simple idea and weaving into something that most people think is oddly wicked.) so I understand the appeal. I do. But some of the charcters and themes, when read together, actually seem to start to meld together. ...more
Chris
Mar 21, 2014 Chris is currently reading it
Martian Time-Slip: This is a fully fleshed-out and deftly crafted, spooky tale of autism, schizophrenia and weird time slips experienced by the bored and despairing colonists on Mars. Not much science fiction except the setting and the existence of a dying Martian race - the colonists ride around in helicopters, drink, have affairs and crummy jobs. However, it is a finely crafted piece of speculative fiction and if you haven't read his early 60s stuff, you really haven't read dick.

Dr. Bloodmoney
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Christer Karlsson
This is a collection of five PKD novels from the 60s and 70s: ‘Martian Time-Slip’, ‘Doctor Bloodmoney, Or How We Got Along After the Bomb’, ‘Now Wait For Last Year’, ‘Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said’ and ‘A Scanner Darkly’.

Martian Time-Slip
Takes place on a desolate, dry Mars, inhabited by poor colonists and the remnants of the poorer native population, the Bleekmen. Jack Bohlen is a repairman with a bored wife hooked on barbiturates. His neighbour's young son, Manfred, is an autistic with unta
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Jordan
While my two favorite PKD stories (Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep and Ubik) were in the first volume, this volume still has some great stories. Martian Time-Slip was probably my least favorite, but that may have to do with the fact that I ended up reading it in a very fragmented way. All the stories are great PKD though. In particular I especially enjoyed Dr. Bloodmoney and Flow My Tears. Overall, I'd probably recommend the first volume as an introduction to PKD and this volume to those wan ...more
Chris
Oct 23, 2013 Chris is currently reading it
Martian Time-Slip (1963) p. 1 :
This PDK story takes place on the eerie surface of the red planet, Mars, in what I think is the mid 1990's. Mars has been colonized starting in the 1970's, and people started to immigrate there to escape the now over populated earth to make a fresh start. Martian Time-Slip includes some of PDK's favorite themes; mental illness, alternate realities, precognition, and time perception. I'd rate this somewhere around a 3.5 or so. PDK does a great job in the first 200 p
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Graziano
MARTIAN TIME-SLIP

Arnie Kott: ‘... we got the future, and where else do you think things happen except in the future?’ (p. 115)

Martian Time-Slip refers to living in different times instead of present, also past or future.

This novel by Philip K. Dick is set in a colony on Mars and tells the story of Manfred Steiner, an autistic boy who can help other people to live in the past or in the future.
Arnie Kott, leader of the water worker’s union, becomes interested in Manfred because he wants to use Man
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David James
Five more from P.K. Dick.

"Martian Time Slip" and "Flow My Tears" are typical Dick reality twisters. Lots of fun and unlike anything any other author would have composed. "Dr. Bloodmoney" is Dick's contribution to the post-nuclear apocalyptic novel genre that was big at the time. It's a decent enough addition and distinctively Dickian, although with hindsight that theme was massively overworked and he could have skipped this one. "Now Wait for Last Year" however is an astonishingly excellent ride
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Scott Holstad
I only read three of the five novels in this anthology, as I already own and have read two of them. So this review will only be about the three I just finished reading. All in all, it wasn't the best anthology of Dick's work I could expect, but I guess the first volume of this three volume series was. I thought a couple of the novels in this book were a little weak, but a couple were also very good -- thus, the four out of five stars....

The book starts with Martian Time-Slip. It's about human co
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Taka
More PKD!

The novels contained in this volume weren't as strong as those in the first volume. Martian Time-Slip, Dr. Bloodmoney, and Flow, My Tears, the Policeman Said were just OK. Only Now Wait for Last Year and A Scanner Darkly lived up to the high standards PKD set for himself in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Ubik.

A Scanner Darkly is REALLY good until the very end where it gets all fucked and overly philosophical where PKD uses one of the characters as a mouthpiece to express his v
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Lysergius
This volume includes Martian Time Slip, Dr. Bloodmoney, Now Wait for Last Year, Flow My Tears The Policeman said, A Scanner Darkly, which are probably the darkest of Philip K Dick's visions. Some of them I had read before, but it is great to have them all collected in more or less chronological order.
Robin
Jan 21, 2009 Robin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dick fans
A long read, indeed, but what else could be expected of a five novel collection.
All five books have links that are only in the details (this makes it fun) - there are no over-arcing storylines between novels, but some things do make more sense when you see the details in the context of another story.
The only disappointment I had was with various spelling errors, incorrect chapter headings, etc. which the editor (Lethem, a great writer himself) claims to have fixed at the end of the (very informa
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Kards Unlimited
Chris' Pick!

I never know where I am with Philip K. Dick. I never know what’s real, or what real even is. When a friend in high school told me I needed to read A Scanner Darkly, I thought, “Great another book from the 70’s about drugs by some burnt out hippie.” But PKD, like an android from a distant planet, or some strange future-Earth timeline, destroyed my expectations. He shattered my expectations of reality, of the universe, and of the human condition. Those shattered pieces lodged in my bra
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Annabelle
I read this to acquaint myself with Mr.Dick, and I'm so glad I have. He is a genius, and is now, I'd definitely say, one of my favorite authors. Read him if you can!
Victor Whitman
I took a big pause in between each of the four novels that I have read in this collection.(Still must read "A Scanner Darkly," which I'm told is one of his best.) The other four, in my opinion, aren't as strong as his two best novels, "Ubik" and "Do Androids.." But if you're a fan of PKD and SF, they're essential reading. Truth be told, PKD's writing is dense and slow moving, and I'm beginning to see the same collection of characters and basic plot lines repeated. Hard to complain ....but having ...more
Schuyler
I'd already read four of the five in this collection but picked it up to read the fifth book 'Dr. Bloodmoney' which I had always avoided, due to the not-to-promising title. It turned out to be a really excellent read and seeing these books bound and edited with such care is amazing. The previous printing had such revolting 90's cyber-puke covers that is was frankly hard to get people to take you seriously when you'd try to recommend them....Thanks Jonathan Lethem!
Ben
I only read Martian Time-Slip. It was a good read, and I think it would have been better had I been able to read it more quickly. Unfortunately, work kept interfering and I could only read a little bit at a time. Great work on paranoia, fear, uncertainty, and the need to escape from the mass conformity that PKD confronted in his times.
Beau
Aug 14, 2009 Beau rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens living in the 1970's
Many, many years after my initial read, I just re-read 'Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said'.
It seemed a bit rough to me; had it been better edited, I may have enjoyed it more.
There is no character to like in this book, except the Potter. I did enjoy the overall colour. The meanness was appalling, but, kinda thrilling, too, I suppose.
Ero
Much wierder than I remembered. Which is saying a lot. Craft-wise, these have very serious flaws. In terms of raw vision and paranoiac power, however, there's not much that can top P.K.D. The only one here I hadn't read before was 'Now Wait for Last Year', which is instantly a favorite.
Ann Klefstad
ok I rated it before reading it because (1) I've read the Dick pieces before and they're not perfect but brilliant in irreplaceable ways, and (2) this kind of thing is just up that brilliant collaborator Lethem's alley. It's gotta be great. yeah.
Joel
Jul 02, 2010 Joel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
Not quite as great as the first PKD collection, but still good nonetheless. And I think I added a star because I love these Library of America hardcovers so much. Five novels -- 1000 pages -- in such an awesome package!
Summer
My favorite PKD collection, but I could never finish "Now Wait for Last Year." The other four are amazing though.
Douglas
These Library of America publications are really nice. This one has five novels packed into it.
Ray
May 03, 2011 Ray marked it as to-read
Shelves: try-again-later
I need to buy a copy of this. It's too much to wrap my head around all at once from the library.
Nick
See my immediately previous review. More good surreal fun from Philip K. Dick.
William Parham
I learned that fear and paranoia are normal states of being...
Johan
Another great Dick collection.
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memo ...more
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