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The Selected Stories, Vol. 1

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  72 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This collection of Philip K. Dick's outstanding short works includes Autofac, recently adapted to film by Steven Spielberg, as well as Progeny, The Exit Door Leads In, and six more short stories.
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Published February 1st 2009 by Findaway World (first published February 2008)
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Carlos Burga
Having read both A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep I was prepared for Dick’s stories to be dystopian rather than utopian but seeing the many different ways in which he foresaw humanity screwing itself up was still eye-opening. Though most of the stories in this collection precede Dick’s more famous novels by a decade or so, it I still evident that he already disagreed with the positive image that most science fiction writers had about the future.

In every one of these stor
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Rebecca
Aug 30, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, scifi, read2009
OMG THE MACHINES ARE TAKING OVER!
I'm usually not a big fan of short stories but I really enjoyed listening to these snippets of sci-fi what ifs in the car. Well, the first half anyway. Almost wish I'd never gotten it back from the library - the second half was pretty tedious. I ate up the stories which end in a satisfying cynical twist, like The Exit Door Leads In or Progeny. I enjoyed those that aren't exactly great works of fiction but leave you with cool thinky thoughts, like A Little Someth
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Mike
Sep 09, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
Contains:
1. Autofac
2. Progeny
3. The Exit Door Leads In
4. A Little Something for Us Tempunauts
5. The Last of the Masters
6. The Preserving Machine
7. Novelty Act
8. The War with the Pfenulees (sp)
9. The Electric Ant
A good mix -- some seminal works (look for the seeds of Berserkers in "Autofac"), some hilarious, some prophetic. "The Electric Ant" seemed run of the mill, until the last page put an icicle around my spine.
Patrick Marley
Jan 21, 2016 Patrick Marley rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Spoiler alert: The humans lose.
Thomas
Sep 11, 2011 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, sci-fi
Like volume 2 (which I finished first), a mixed bag of funny and barely funny stories. "A Little Something for Us Tempunauts" maintains its grim facade, but "The War with the Fnools" is too silly to laugh at.

Because each story is read by a different narrator, it's difficult to generalize about the voice quality. However, the division of the book into one track per story is an abomination.
Tim
Jan 14, 2010 Tim rated it did not like it
Made it to the third-to-last story. While some of the plots had interesting topics, the old-style sci-fi sexism was bothersome and the audio book readers were poor and extremely irritating, so moving on.
Kyle
Sep 09, 2013 Kyle rated it liked it
Not a bad read. After a while, you could kinda tell where the story was going. Not formulaic, but not entirely unique.
Thom
Oct 09, 2015 Thom rated it liked it
A mixed bag, some really good, some not as good. Glad I read it, regardless.
Bryan
Nov 27, 2009 Bryan rated it really liked it
Spotty. "The Exit Door Leads In" and "The Electric Ant" are classic.
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He's a little violent.
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Feb 26, 2013 Joshua rated it really liked it
Every story was great.
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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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