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A visionary whose writing broke through the boundaries of the science fiction genre, Philip K. Dick is regarded as a major figure of twentieth-century fiction. In 2007, he became the first science fiction writer to be included in the Library of America Series. Investigating spiritual questions through science fiction imagery, these stories explore the boundaries of human c ...more
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Published July 1st 2012 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 2008)
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Dave
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories Dick wrote, all of them good, but I do not think any were adapted into movies, unlike the last two stories I read from him.

Dick is an excellent writer and is very good at capturing my imagination. However, his stories are often in bleak worlds, which can be draining. Reading his stories and reading Clancy really makes me think about what it was like for some people growing up in the height of the Cold War, and I can see why people like Dick often saw a messe
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David
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nice collection. Faith of our Fathers is a delightfully twisty and dark tale.

(audiobook version is read well by the various readers)
Todd Martin
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Another nice collection of Philip K. Dick short stories. I suspect only he could come up with something so weirdly surreal as Perky Pat ... genius!
K
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Mostly good ideas for stories, so credit for creativity, but not great literary stuff.
Rob
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the stories in Volume 2 even more than I liked Volume 1, This was a good read.
Dominic
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Variable Man is easily the weakest of the bunch. Otherwise 5/5.
Himi
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
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There’s no such thing as a happy ending with him. Unfortunate? Sure. Ambiguous? Absolutely! Happy? What is that? This was a great collection of hopeless endings. My favorite from the first volume is “The Electric Ant”, a story about an android who doesn’t know that he is one and how he copes when he finds out. From the second volume, “The Days of Perky Pat” was probably the most familiar as it made me think of some of the nonsense that goes on on Tumblr in regards to fandoms. Altogether, “Hope I ...more
Thomas
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A mixed bag. I enjoyed "The Days of Perky Pat" a lot. It's such a dark condemnation of Cold War America that it's quite amusing and (thus)quintessential Dick. This volume is also notable for "The Variable Man," with its uncharacteristic optimism and frequent action sequences.

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. Tip to audiobook producers: break your
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Amy
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genius ... meet mentally unbalanced. I discovered Philip K Dick when my brother mentioned him once in a brief conversation. I was curious what my brother, a physics graduate who mostly digs anime and unconventional writings, would find in one I thought to be a scifi writer.

Now I get it. While Asimov and Bradbury were predecessors to Roddenberry, no doubt ... PKD is sort of a Matrix predecessor. Twisted reality mixed with scifi settings ... almost reminiscent of "The Lottery."
Stacy
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I watched the Lego episode of the Simpsons and then read an article about the writers' inside jokes. One was related to the block play set and the Philip K. Brick books as references to Dick's Perky Pat story. The next day, I was searching the library's available audiobooks and stumbled across this one. Had to read it. Thanks to the Simpsons' writers, I have another classic sci-fi author to enjoy!
Josh
Awesome. Stories got me to think about what God means by narrating the life of shoes and mundane objects, in ways Beckett never could. Not going to write a long review, but that's not for lack of material -- I cd write and write for hours if I had energy.
David
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book, but a few of the stories were a little dated based on tapes and gears. The short stories were imaginative and fun.
William Thomas
No writer today matches the imagination and te only one that ever had was Bradbury.
Jessica Woofter
I really liked the Perky Pat story, but the others just didn't do it for me. The women were all such weak characters, which made all the stories seem very dated.
Katherine Friend
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Master science fiction writer...enjoyable to listen to.
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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