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The Preserving Machine by Philip K. Dick
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May 22, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: sf
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Recommended for: sf & Dick fans
Read in December, 1982 , read count: 2

I like Philip K. Dick for his ideas, not for his writing. His work reflects the fact that he wrote quickly, often for the pennies a word the pulps paid in the fifties and sixties. But he didn't write cynically; he wrote, like David Lindsay and Colin Wilson, with a purpose. The primary issue he dealt with was a questioning of our unthinking conceits about the nature of reality, particularly about our own identities--questions which, for him and fans like myself, had both philosophical and religious components.

Note that the short story upon which the two movie versions of Total Recall are based is contained in this collection, viz. "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale".

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