Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Upon the Dull Earth” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Upon the Dull Earth
Philip K. Dick
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Upon the Dull Earth

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  207 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Short story
Published November 1954
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Upon the Dull Earth, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Upon the Dull Earth

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Althea Ann
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horrific and surreal. A woman can summon... things... to her. Angels? Aliens? Vampires from another dimension? She believes she is destined to join them, against the protests of her fiance and her family. She has some sort of scientific? occult? setup in order to facilitate her transformation. But things so wrong... and then they go worse.

I think this is my favorite piece that I've read from Philip K. Dick.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Weird story by Philip K. Dick about a girl taken too early by angels and then a very odd chain reaction. PKD tells a great story, this one was somewhat reminiscent of HP Lovecraft, but ends with true PKD imagination.
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend to anyone to read the brilliants stories by Philip K. Dick. They always are entertaining and more importantly, thought provoking. These five stories all deal with things that when written seemed fantastical yet now seem probable, especially "Progeny" which tells the story of how a family raises their children in a future world. I enjoyed each and every one of these short stories and recommend them to anyone that wants to have a good quick read.

Happy reading!
Rob Hermanowski
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Book three of Subterranean Press' beautiful five book series of the complete short stories of Philip K. Dick finds PKD occasionally approaching the mind-blowing strangeness of his later novels - and that's a very good thing.
Kevin Hull
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
PKD is always hit or miss, but when he misses it's by a wide margin, like with this occult-themed clunker.
Andy Hickman
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
“Upon the Dull Earth” (1954)
A horror story with echoes of Prometheus, Icarus, Homer's Odyssey, and Valkyries.***

By offering up the blood of a lamb, Silvia, the protagonist of Upon the Dull Earth, is able to summon creatures she identifies as angels. She thinks that the creatures are her ancestors, and she is sure that one day she will join them. At the same time, though, it is not clear whether the creatures are really good, as Silvia thinks, or wicked.
- - -
Opening line:
Silvia ran laughing throu
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Upon the Dull Earth and Other Stories - Philip K. Dick (1954)

• Exhibit Piece (1954) — 2/5
• Upon the Dull Earth (1954) — 2/5
• Progeny (1954) — 3/5
• The Last of the Masters (1954) — 2/5
• Breakfast at Twilight (1954) — 3/5
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Pay for the Printer, and several other stories in this collection are great
Austin Wright
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
What really happen when you eat the bread and wine and it turns into Jesus' flesh?
This is a rather mixed collection of short stories by Philip K. Dick, chronicling his writing in the mid-1950's, and containing an average of 1.2 references to women's breasts per story.

I picked up this collection in order to read the original "The Golden Man" which was made into the movie "Next" starring Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel in 2007. I thought the concept was fascinating and I wondered how Mr. Dick might have pulled this off in prose. Well, as it turns out, the movie was better in a lo
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This story was actually part of a collection I can't find here on goodreads the book was called Upon the Dull Earth and Other Stories, and it seemed to be a collection of his more mediocre stories:

n “Exhibit Piece” a long-suffering museum worker becomes a little too attached to his display of mid-twentieth century lifestyle. In “Upon the Dull Earth” a young man refuses to let go of his soul mate, and he creates a chain reaction that he couldn’t have anticipated. In “Progeny” one man’s idea of h
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Too creepy, methinks
Not bad stories, but all can b e found in other books so its sort of a rehash.
Lenore Wright
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An unsettlingly eerie short story.
Bob Haar
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Only read the first two stories. Both seemed to come right from the Twilight Zone. Not what I was after.
Rahul Gupta
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do you really want what you wish for? A tale of regrets.
Sam Kamber
rated it liked it
Jun 04, 2013
rated it liked it
Aug 05, 2017
Billy Munich
rated it it was ok
Jan 24, 2018
rated it it was ok
Apr 26, 2015
rated it it was amazing
May 28, 2013
rated it liked it
Jan 06, 2015
rated it it was ok
Dec 25, 2012
Ted Carlson
rated it liked it
Mar 08, 2016
rated it liked it
Apr 09, 2017
Butterfly Mentions
rated it really liked it
Aug 17, 2017
Vasil Simeonov
rated it really liked it
Sep 23, 2015
Patrick Rockwell
rated it it was ok
Feb 28, 2016
rated it liked it
Mar 02, 2018
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about Philip K. Dick