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Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,880 ratings  ·  305 reviews
The stories that inspired the original dramatic series.
 
Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than one hundred short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams collects ten of the best. In “Autofac,” Dick shows us one of the earliest examples (and warni
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Hardcover, 213 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published September 14th 2017)
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Crocranger I purchased the UK softcover edition and neither 'Holy Quarrel' or 'If There Were No Benny Cemoli' is included. That said, the ten that are included a…moreI purchased the UK softcover edition and neither 'Holy Quarrel' or 'If There Were No Benny Cemoli' is included. That said, the ten that are included are all listed in his top 30 short fiction titles on a list I generated using Google stats. Purchasing this, Jonathan Lethem's 'Selected Stories of Philip K Dick' and Dover's 'The Early Science Fiction of...' gave me 35 of the top 44 with minimal overlap at an affordable total price.(less)

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Joey Woolfardis
A collection of PKD short stories that were the inspiration for episodes of the television programme Electric Dreams. Some were true to the original whilst others had only mere snippets of them, often changing dramatically to bring them up to date and more inclusive.

Actually quite a decent collection of his stories, though one feels the need to stress that PKD expertise is not needed here. Enjoyment is available for sci-fi fans, for PKD fans and for short story fans. It's a good collection but b
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Sarah
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is a collection of the ten short stories that inspired the Channel Four TV series of the same name, each story also comes with a brief introduction from the writer who adapted it for the series which explains their thought process behind any changes they made. I'll talk about each story separately but as they're not printed in the order they're airing on TV I'll also confirm which episode each story relates to. Overall I really enjoyed this collection, it was fun ...more
Ray
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pk-dick, sci-fic, audio, shorts
I really enjoyed this short story collection of some of PK Dick's finest and weirdest or short stories. Of course, as we all know, he was a genius and predicted the anxiety and reality confusion of the modern world like no one else! Etc. etc., you've heard it all before.

What is unique about this anthology is that it ties into the Amazon television series. Now, it is true that this series has it's highlights but it's frankly not as good as Black Mirror. But it's still solid science fiction, whic
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Ivana Books Are Magic
This is a lovely collection of stories that served as an inspiration for the series Electric Dreams. Consisting of ten stories, this book is a great insight into Philip K. Dick's shorter prose works. Some of these stories fall more into macabre/horror genre (with a distinct Twilight Zone vibe) than into science fiction (as the title would imply). All the stories are well written, but some have aged better than others. None of these stories was a five star read for me, but altogether they are a f ...more
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
So before the TV series Electric Dreams was broadcast I’d never really heard of Philip K Dick (seriously every time I type that name I giggle, yes I’m like a five year old) but having enjoyed a couple of episodes of the show I thought I’d read the original stories. That was about six months ago and I have finally got round to reading them.

The stories in this collection are, Exhibit Piece, The Commuter, The Impossible Planet, The Hanging Stranger, Sales Pitch, The Father Ting, The Hood Maker, Fos
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John
This compilation of Philip K. Dick's short stories, all written in the early to mid-1950s in the midst of the Cold War. Each story includes a foreword by an individual involved in the story's translation to film for the Twilight Zone series, Electric Dreams.

The anthology begins strong with the short story, "Exhibit Piece," about a museum curator who bends the time-space continuum to live in the world of one of his exhibits on 1950s America. Another early story, "The Hanging Stranger", was remin
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Nigeyb
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of provocative and prescient Philip K. Dick short stories from the 1950s, and which inspired the Channel Four television series of the same name. I didn't see the TV series however I can vouch for the quality of the stories.

The stories in this collection: Exhibit Piece, The Commuter, The Impossible Planet, The Hanging Stranger, Sales Pitch, The Father Thing, The Hood Maker, Foster, You’re Dead, Human Is, and Autofac.

4/5

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William
Not a review, but a NOTICE:

My wife and I just watched the first of 10 hour-long episodes of sci-fi based on the short stories of PKD on Channel 4 in the UK.

a review in The Guardian

I note at the end credits it was Amazon Studios, so you may find it there at some point.

It was superb. The actress, Holliday Grainger, also stars in BBC "Strike" based on J.K. Rowling's detective series.

I highly recommend both.
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Ken
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most people, I became aware of these stories due to the recent TV adaptations. As the show is taking a mid-series break in the UK I felt it was about time that I delved into the stories...
This addition includes introductions from the directors, so inevitably I'll be comparing the stories to the show.

Exhibit Piece The episode Real Life has little resemblance to this, a great story to start the collection. Different realities have always been one of my favorite Science-Fiction tropes. 4/5

The
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Helen
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Electric Dreams is a collection of short stories that were the influence for the episodes in the recent tv series based on Philip K. Dick's work.

The social and cultural side of a lot of them make the stories feel dated. A lot of the sci-fi is the standard stuff that was doing the rounds in the 50s / 60s - human style service robots etc. I don't mind this, I love Arthur C. Clarke and Issac Asimov but I found it irritating here. Maybe because he's touted as super modern and way ahead of his time?
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Sorcha O'Dowd
Watching the series and reading the book side-by-side.

Thoughts on 'The Hood Maker' - I love what the screenwriter did with the story. Rather than adapt it, it's like a different, untold side of the story has been told. More like an episode influenced by aspects of the original story. Very different, but intriguing none-the-less. Emotionally, I connected more to the TV episode than the written story, but enjoyed both equally, but for different reasons.

Bettie
Description: Electric Dreams, is a British-American science fiction television anthology series based on the works of Philip K. Dick. The series premiered on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2017.[1] It consists of ten standalone episodes based on Dick's work, written by British and American writers. Episode details below are sourced from wiki.

"The Hood Maker": In an authoritarian regime called the Free Union, a minority of humans have developed telepathic abilities. Mistrusted b
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Nora
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
4,5 stars ! Only one story I didn´t really like
Andy Hickman
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“PHILIP K. DICK'S ELECTRIC DREAMS: VOLUME 1”: the stories which inspired the hit channel 4 series, by PHILIP K. DICK
Collection of his stories, always mesmerizing. There is nobody else like him. You can never guess the ending, even after you've read it.! *****

“Exhibit Piece”: Clever surreal. Great ending. ****
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“You realize this may be nothing but an exhibit? You and everybody else - maybe you're not real. Just pieces of an exhibit.” (p13)
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“The Commuter”: His life, work and family subtly chan
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Luke Poff
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5

First brush with PKD’s work, definitely interested in reading more. All of the stories are good, but standouts for me are The Impossible Planet, The Hanging Stranger, and Human Is.
Alexandra
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
if you are a fan of the twilight zone, you will easily fall into the world of SOME of these stories that are so reminiscent of that beloved series 😭👽🚀🌎 (sadly, the rest aren’t up to snuff or are just different but not necessarily bad).

this anthology is made up of a compilation of philip k dick’s stories that apparently were the inspiration for the amazon series Electric Dreams, which takes each story and turns it into a standalone episode.

the first story, Exhibit Piece 🗞📰🥃🌎💥, originally publish
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Books Beyond The Story
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could have gone OTT and picked apart every single story in this collection (and I would totally do that) but then where’s the mystery? Where’s the surprise? Where’s the passion? I will be reviewing this book as a whole with focus on three of the ten narratives.

‘The Commuter’

In this story, a man turns up at the train station ticket office wanting a ticket to Macon Heights. But there’s a problem. It doesn’t exist. Then he vanishes. Completely disappears! This leads the ticket officer to try and
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Ben Red
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick disclaimer: I listened to the Audible audiobook rather than reading a physical copy, which may have affected my overall feeling towards this collection.

This book has been throughly “pizzled.” A term in one of the ten stories which the characters define as a state in which a consumer product is made with no practical need or want. Another way to put it is a supply created with a moral objection to the perceived nature of the demand.

The stories themselves are quintessential PKD stories. Th
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Ian Robinson
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really superb collection of short stories, embodying Dick's inventiveness and approach to science fiction. The recent tv series adaptations demonstrate Dick's ingenuity by how much they change and develop from what you will read in this book. Because, despite how much has changed in the 50-odd years since writing, what persists is the germ of the idea, the question, the core of the story. Good sci-fi, to me, ought to ask questions. Great sci-fi manages to tap into universal questions that rema ...more
Thais
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've recently started to watch the TV series.

I found the episode based on the short story "Human Is" to be so perfectly brilliant that I paused before it was finished and rushed to read this book.

This collection is sure to please any PKD fan. It has all the characteristic elements, with highly imaginative stories that contemplate human nature and often leave the reader with a queasy feeling.

I can't, however, regret the compromises the screenwriters have made to modernize these tales and make the
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Eleanor
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few of these I found to be boring and the same general Sci-Fi notions that have been in the general zeitgeist at this point, though I can't fault them since they were original at the time. There were, however, a couple of these stories that I found to be genuinely intriguing. I was actively creeped out by The Hanging Stranger and on edge throughout it, despite it being as short as it was, and Human Is was actually really sweet and touching. I'm glad for Jill :).
Daren Kearl
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tv-adaptation
It niggles me that the TV series is called Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams as this will give the impression to newcomers to his work that these programmes are somehow indicative of PKDs stories. The TV series is inspired by his short stories but in most cases bear little resemblance and don’t convey the clever ideas in the original. My favourite was The Hanging Stranger.
Stacy Bell
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished this in 3 days. Sometimes (a lot) it takes me weeks or even months because I start one and immediately put it down and take forever to pick it back up. This is a collection of short stories so it was really easy for me to get into and they were all so fun to read! I've never read anything by this author so it was a good place to start and I'll definitely consider reading more by him.
Derelict Space Sheep
Dick was an ideas man and a prolific writer. He may have outshone his pulp era contemporaries, yet the end product smacks of an imagination employed piecemeal, in lieu of craft. The stories in this collection have the lustre of early drafts.
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I'm really curious now to read more by PKD. I'm shocked.
Surajit
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Got this specially as a companion to Amazon's Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, TV Show. I spent the weekend reading a story and watching the episode. What a party!!!
Katie Thompson
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and half stars - interesting to see the influence of the time period these were written in - a nice little quick read!
Dave
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice, light reading. Some interesting and currently relevant topics covered. Very interesting to see the differences between the TV adaptations and the originals.
Paul Spence
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is a collection of the ten short stories that inspired the Channel Four TV series of the same name, each story also comes with a brief introduction from the writer who adapted it for the series which explains their thought process behind any changes they made.

I'll talk about each story separately but as they're not printed in the order they're airing on TV I'll also confirm which episode each story relates to. Overall I really enjoyed this collection, it was fun
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Jess
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I have always been a fan of Philip K Dick's work, since my cousin lent me some of his books in my early teens and I became hooked. When the Electric Dreams series came on Channel 4, I tried to watch them all and so decided I must read the accompanying book.

I really loved the whole book but to be honest could of done without the adaptors opinions therefore the book only got 4 out of 5 stars.

I have done a mini review for each short story.

Exhibit Piece

I really enjoyed the image of George Miller li
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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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