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A World of Talent and Other Stories
In a 1977 speech, Phillip K. Dick said "Once in a great while, [a novelist] happens by chance onto a thoroughly stunning idea new to him that he hopes will turn out to be new to everyone else." In this collection of five stories, all first published in the 1950s, Dick explores a number of truly interesting ideas. In "Small Town" a man creates a perfect scale model of his o ...more
Published August 15th 2012 by Eloquent Voice, LLC
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5 short stories. Some better than others, and even in these few some recurring themes start to arise. I did not like the narrator, perhaps a lower rating due to that. I did try to focus on the actual story and ignore that narration part. The last story, which is the name of the collection, I liked the least. Not sure if it was the narrator that finally did it in for me. Perhaps it was expectation of enjoyment, but I have found PKD is hit or miss for me.
I've come to enjoy Philip's writing. A bit rough around some edges content wise, but always seems to have an engaging and intertwine story that twists in unexpected ways. Always keeps one guessing as to the outcome. I like it that way.
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