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

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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 last ...more
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Published May 1st 2002 by Citadel (first published January 1st 1987)
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Jack Stovold
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, “Stabil
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Jorge
Me cuesta hablar de Philip K. Dick y ser objetivo, simplemente porque es uno de mis escritores favoritos y quizás uno de los mejores escritores de ciencia ficción de la historia. Sin embargo, trataré.

Cuentos completos I es una compilación con los primeros cuentos de K. Dick. Y se nota. Aunque hay algunos relatos muy interesantes ("Roog", "Más allá se encuentra el wub", "El hombre variable", "La rana infatigable", "La paga", "El gran C" o "El rey de los elfos"), la suma general es una colección d
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হাঁটুপানির জলদস্যু
আহামরি তাকলাগানো গলপ এই সংকলনে নেই, কিনতু পরায় পরতিটি গলপে একটা নতুন চিনতার বীজ আছে। ফিলিপ কে ডিকের বেশির ভাগ গলপই এমন, ঘটনার ঘনঘটার বদলে পাঠকের মনের মধযে গলপের শুরু থেকে শেষ পরযনত একটা নতুন চিনতা রোপণ করে যাওয়াই সেখানে মুখয। পড়তে দারুণ লাগলো।

রোয়াল ডালের সঙগে ফিল ডিকের লেখার ধরনে খানিকটা মিল আছে মনে হলো, যদিও রোয়াল ডালের গলপগুলোতে সাসপেনস আরো জোরালো, আর ডাল দযনুমাঁতে মনোযোগী, যেখানে ডিক গলপের শেষ লাইনে পাঠকের মনের দরজায় দারুণ এক ঘা বসিয়ে দিতে পারঙগম (সতযজিৎ রায়ের "ফরিৎস" গলপটা যারা পড়েছেন, তারা
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J.
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
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Ben Loory
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, f ...more
Jessica
Jun 18, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SF, F&SF, short-story, skeptics
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 worl ...more
Ali Çetinbudaklar
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 s ...more
Egemen Memçe
Viva la PKD!

"Kurşunumsu onları gemiye götürdü. 'Tarihin amacı tüm dünyanın birleşmesidir. Aileden kabileye, kent devletten ulusa ve yarıküreye, yönelim her zaman birleşmeye doğrudur. Şimdi yarıküreler birleşecek ve...'
Taylor onu dinlemeyi bırakıp Tünel'e doğru baktı. Mary orada yüzeyin altındaydı. Tünel açılana kadar onu göremeyecek olsa da karısını orada bırakmaktan nefret ediyordu. Ama sonra omzunu silkip diğerlerine katıldı.
Eski düşmanların bu küçük karışımı iyi bir örnekti, Mary ve insanl
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Marts  (Thinker)
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!!
Kaan
İçinde 25 hikaye var yanlış saymadıysam. 5 tanesi kötü; 10 tanesi okuyabilir diyelim, geri kalan 5 tane iyi, 5 tanesi mükemmel. Bunun sadece PKD'nin ilk dönem işleri olduğunu anımsarsak (1951-52) yılları arasında yazdıkları ikinci ciltte coşar bu adam. Beklediğimi aldım.
Jim
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.
Ratnesh Neema
Simply amazing... Philip's imagination knows no bounds!
Mutlu Cankay
Ünlü yazarın 25 kısa hikayesinin toplandığı kitabı.

Metin, yazarın kendi ağzından bilim kurgunun ne olup olmadığıyla ilgili görüşlerini ifade etmesiyle açılıyor. Bilim kurgunun özünün toplumsal düzeyde kavramsal yerinden oynatmalar olduğunu belirten yazar, bu tarz hikayelerde baş kahramanın bir fikir olduğunu okuruyla paylaşmış.

Hikayelerinde bürokrasiyi ve çevre katliamını eleştiren yazar, makinelerin insan işgücünün yerine geçeceği uyarısında bulunmuş. Zaman yolculuğu motifi, otorite sorgusunu h
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Marek
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Julio
Dentro del universo de la ciencia ficción, Philip Dick es uno de mis favoritos. Además de las geniales novelas (como El Hombre en el Castillo, Sueñan los Androides con Ovejas Elécricas o Ubik) escribió centenas de cuentos. Muchos de sus cuentos y novelas se convirtieron en películas, con resultados muy variables, desde la bastante mala (segunda) adaptación de Total Recall, pasando por una más aceptable, pero nada brillante La Paga, hasta una excepcional Blade Runner.

Los escritos de Dick que más
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Chris Kelly
After having had my mind bent by some Philip K. Dick's 60's novels, I have decided that I'd like to read his complete body of short stories, all of which are collected into 5 volumes. After reading a number of random stories from his later career, I decided that I'd start from the beginning, which is well documented in The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford. This collection contains a number of Dick's earliest stories including his first published story, "Beyond Lies the Wub", the first story ...more
Brett
This was my second run-in with Philip K. Dick, the first being his early short novel Solar Lottery. This is a collection of 25 early short stories from the 1950s that is by and large enjoyable, but not radically different from other SF writers of that period.

Dick is of course famous for developing mind bending stories that question the nature of reality itself. Several of these have been made into hit films, and Dick's reputation has risen substantially since his death in 1982. Of the stories co
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Warren
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 be
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Ardillis
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Mark
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 s ...more
Robin
For any big fan of Philip K. Dick, this is a collection well worth reading. It has his earliest short works, a few of his insights (his thoughts on stories vs. books were fascinating, his thoughts on his own short stories in retrospect were not so insightful), and - while many of the stories were more basic and predictable that most would expect from Dick - it goes a long way to outline the path that his writing would take.

However, if one is not a big fan, or is just becoming a fan, all of the b
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Rebecca Merkl
Disturbingly freakish & surprising. I had to re-read the last few paragraphs of the Wub story to understand, which I adored. Kept me a bit off balance, which is always better than being overly predictable.
Cengiz Çatalkaya
En iyi bilimkurgu öykü kitaplarından biri. Dick'in sadece bir başarılı bir yazar değil geleceğe ilişkin öngörüleri çok güçlü olan bir fütürist olduğunu da gösteriyor.
Pep Bonet
Short story by Philip Dick. As always, an enjoyable pleasure.
Warren Watts
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
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TAB
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", "
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Scurra
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 j
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Tristan Sylvester
One of my favorites.
sj
I've been terrified of moths since I was 15 or so, but "Meddler" also ruined butterflies for me.

It's the middle of summer here, and the creepy caterpillars that were coming up on my porch to die a few months ago have turned into these giant blue-black butterflies that always make me think of this story and shudder.

I tried to tell my husband about it, and he asked me not to ruin butterflies for him with my anecdotes.

And WTF DISNEY?! WHERE IS MY "KING OF THE ELVES" ADAPTATION I WAS PROMISED FOU
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Nick
So damn excellent. This is one of those books I never wanted to finish. I was going to make a list of stories which were excellent, but it was like 2/3 of the stories. If you know Phillip K. Dick's style you'll know how these generally go. Odd, out-of-place naive writing style. Authoritarian themes, cold war allegories, nuclear stuff, soft scifi, characters who cant tell illusion from reality. There were a surprising amount of totally fantastical scenarios here. Anyway this book was basically pe ...more
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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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“I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards," Dick wrote of these stories. "In my writing I even question the universe; I wonder out loud if it is real, and I wonder out loud if all of us are real.” 5 likes
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