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The Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 1

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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. This collection of nine of his outstanding shorter works includes such classics as "Autofac," "Progeny," "The Exit ...more
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Published November 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published February 2008)
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Carlos
Having read both A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep I was prepared for Dick’s stories to be dystopian rather than utopian but seeing the many different ways in which he foresaw humanity screwing itself up was still eye-opening. Though most of the stories in this collection precede Dick’s more famous novels by a decade or so, it I still evident that he already disagreed with the positive image that most science fiction writers had about the future.

In every one of these stor
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Rebecca
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, scifi, read2009
OMG THE MACHINES ARE TAKING OVER!
I'm usually not a big fan of short stories but I really enjoyed listening to these snippets of sci-fi what ifs in the car. Well, the first half anyway. Almost wish I'd never gotten it back from the library - the second half was pretty tedious. I ate up the stories which end in a satisfying cynical twist, like The Exit Door Leads In or Progeny. I enjoyed those that aren't exactly great works of fiction but leave you with cool thinky thoughts, like A Little Someth
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Mike
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contains:
1. Autofac
2. Progeny
3. The Exit Door Leads In
4. A Little Something for Us Tempunauts
5. The Last of the Masters
6. The Preserving Machine
7. Novelty Act
8. The War with the Pfenulees (sp)
9. The Electric Ant
A good mix -- some seminal works (look for the seeds of Berserkers in "Autofac"), some hilarious, some prophetic. "The Electric Ant" seemed run of the mill, until the last page put an icicle around my spine.
Thomas
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, sci-fi
Like volume 2 (which I finished first), a mixed bag of funny and barely funny stories. "A Little Something for Us Tempunauts" maintains its grim facade, but "The War with the Fnools" is too silly to laugh at.

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.
Tim
Nov 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Made it to the third-to-last story. While some of the plots had interesting topics, the old-style sci-fi sexism was bothersome and the audio book readers were poor and extremely irritating, so moving on.
Thom
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
A mixed bag, some really good, some not as good. Glad I read it, regardless.
Kyle
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read. After a while, you could kinda tell where the story was going. Not formulaic, but not entirely unique.
Joshua
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every story was great.
Bryan
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spotty. "The Exit Door Leads In" and "The Electric Ant" are classic.
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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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