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The Early Work of Philip K. Dick Volume 2: Breakfast at Twilight and Other Stories

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Edited and selected by Crawdaddy!-founder and scholar Paul Williams, The Early Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume One and Volume Two encompasses a total of thirty-five stories from the early years of Philip K. Dick. With extensive story notes by Williams, introductions by some of the most respected authors in the field, and packaged to belong on any shelf, The Early Stories ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 15th 2008 by Diamond Book Distributors
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Jay Szpirs
Jun 08, 2012 Jay Szpirs rated it really liked it
More of the same as Vol. 1 which is a good thing. Great collection with story notes explaining the publication history and significance of each story relative to PKD's later works. Reading in 2012, it is almost impossible not to compare these works to others I am familiar with, many of which may have been inspired, directly or indirectly, by PKD's work. It is worth noting that, often, when PKD created these stories, he was blazing the trail that these later works would follow.

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Lyn
Feb 18, 2012 Lyn rated it really liked it
A true science fiction fan cannot go wrong with a collection of PKD short stories, these from the early days and most from 1954. Breakfast at Twilight is a gem and must be considered elemental PKD, a classic. Dick's recurring theme of war, usually nuclear war, is again the subject of an illustrative study of human emotions. PKD seems to share with Ray Bradbury an ability to capture a realistic glimpse of humanity in war, humanity in a technological nightmare, yet humanity that clings and lives. ...more
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Jul 24, 2013 Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves) rated it it was amazing
Philip Dick writes a collection of eccentric and odd science fiction that all end in an unexpected deviant way that blows my mind. These stories stick around, I was thinking about them for a few days after, and even picking up the book to re-read some parts. The more I thought about the stories, and went back to glancing through the book, the more little things came together for me.

Story after story, I found each one to be as exciting and interesting, especially as the stories developed. Its no
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Camille McCarthy
Jul 31, 2016 Camille McCarthy rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading Philip K. Dick's early works because they show how much he grew as a writer between his early works and his most famous works. The writing in these stories was not terribly good, but his ideas are brilliant all the way through. He has a great deal of movement in his stories - they never sit still for long, the plot swiftly moves from one event or place to the next, and that is what keeps the reader going and allows for such suspension of disbelief while reading his ...more
Robert
Mar 15, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it
A shorter book than volume 1, as if it were decided late in the process not to publish a single larger book.

The two volumes provide a representative sample of the author's best work before 1960, most before 1955.

To me the highlight of this volume is its one novella, A World of Talent as The Variable Man is in volume 1. These longer works are fine work that amply demonstrate the potential that was realized in the later novels that have established his reputation today. Even at the start of his ca
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D.A.
Apr 03, 2012 D.A. rated it really liked it
So far I've read:

Breakfast at Twilight (3/5) - Somewhat unsubtle, but I love the way Dick makes you seriously confused and afraid and paranoid with his writing. Shit. No wonder I have anxiety.

The Hanging Stranger (4/5) - Creepy.
Brendan
Mar 05, 2011 Brendan rated it it was amazing
Well, this guy was a genius, and even these, his early, pulpy, SF stories are completely freaking awesome. Highly recommended.
Aaron Kent
Dec 28, 2010 Aaron Kent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mozarts wrote music in his childhood, advanced for its age and hinting at what was to come. These collected works are that music.
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I devoured this book and finished it cover to cover in a few hours. Great collection.
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. 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 Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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