I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon is also the title of a short story by Philip K. Dick. (The short story was first published in Playboy in December 1980, under the title Frozen Journey.) In it, a man regains consciousness during a failed attempt at cryosleep...more
Here's a larger image of the 1987 St. Martin's Press mass-market paperback. I've read a few of these stories before, but surprisingly a majority are new to me, I believe. Most of them were also included in the 1991 retrospective, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, which covers PKD's work from the mid-60s to the early 80s. The stories here are mostly from the late 70s/early 80s, though the first few are from earlier in his career.
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon gains its five stars for the first essay alone. "How to Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" is the first truly life changing thing I have ever read. It changed me as a thinker, an artist, a student, a writer, it changed how I see the world as a whole and around me, and most importantly made me more spiritual. That's not to say it made me believe in a certain god or exactly ...more
This is a terse short story with a fascinating premise: a man wakes, consciousness brimming at the surface of a deep cryogenic sleep. He cannot move and his colleagues are fast asleep. They belong to a crew on a ...more
I look forward to reading mo ...more
The Authentic human being is one of us who instinctively knows what he should not do, and, in addition, he will balk at doing it. He will refuse to do it, even if this brings down dread consequences to him and to those he loves. This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people: they can say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance." p. 22
"Reality is that which, when you stop be ...more
Me Ma found me a first edition of this. I love it. This is also the book that contains the essay Richard Linklater references in "Waking Life" about parallel realities and time not being real.
In his introduction, he states, "I like to build universes which do fall apart. I like to see them come unglued, and I like to see how the characters in the novels cope with this problem."