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"The Impossible Planet" arrived together with "Adjustment Team" at the SMLA on Feb 11, 1953 and was published later that year in Imagination (Oct 1953). It was selected by Rich & Cowan publishers in the UK for inclusion in the first PKD collection, A HANDFUL OF DARKNESS (1955). Almost 20 years went by before it could be found again in Brian Aldiss’ SPACE ODYSSEYS (1974). T ...more
Paperback, 832 pages
Published 2002 by Heyne (first published October 1st 1953)
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Bill Kerwin

First published in Imagination (October 1953), “The Impossible Planet” is a Dick classic. Its theme—an earth made unrecognizable through military, industrial, and ecological disaster—is a common one, and the story itself has none of the outrageous imaginative twists and turns that often characterize Dick’s work. It succeeds for another reason: it is as simple and powerful as a myth. No folktale could be told with less adornment; if the prophet Jeremiah wrote short stories, they might have turn o
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Joey Woolfardis
Oh, I like this one. This one fuels the imagination, makes you feel things and has your questioning the future of earth. Especially these days considering people like Elon Musk.

It's relatively simple, which seems a hallmark of Dick's short efforts. Simple works sometimes, often doesn't. Here it really does. You can tell from one sentence that Norton is a conniving little layabout, and that Andrews has a romantic streak to him.

What more can be said. Almost perfection but it did not make me feel q
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Bionic Jean
Impossible Planet is a very short story by Philip K. Dick, which was written in 1953. It is the third story in the collection “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”, compiled in 2017, after the television series of the same name. Impossible Planet was adapted for filming by David Farr.

The story is set in the far-off future, when the idea of Earth is dismissed as a myth. Space tourism is a popular activity, for those who can afford it. The idea of the story is very simple. A very old, profoundly deaf
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Dennis
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and poignant story about an old little lady that wants to see Earth once before she dies.

The planet however is considered to only be a legend at this point. A myth. There is no one that can confirm it ever existed.

Doesn’t matter. The lady got the money. Therefore, an unscrupulous captain of a spaceship agrees to take her there. Wherever there is.

The story could have been a little longer for my liking. But it was quite touching. I really felt for the little old lady.

The Electric Dreams epis
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

Maybe 10 pages of text and then it's over...but the trip was fun. I wasn't all that impressed by the characters but I like PKD's take on the survival of myth/fact as legend. But more than anything else, the nature of belief in legends, myths, stories, as ways of understanding and organizing one's life, is the heart of this heartful tale. It's a genuine pleasure to read a PKD story that's not cynical...and I'm saying that about a story of a con man conning a dying old lady out
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Alexandra
Eine traumhafte Sammlung von 29 Kurzgeschichten bzw. kleinen Meisterwerken. Das ist schon sehr ungewöhnlich wenn mir von 29 Geschichten nur die ersten zwei nicht gefallen.
Wie üblich setzt sich Dick im Gewand der Science Fiction mit typischen menschlichen Eigenschaften auseinander und setzt sie in Gegenzatz zum Ausserirdischen bzw. Androiden um die Kritik an menschlicher Ethik und unseren Werten zu modellieren. Da werden Konsumsucht, Ressourcenausbeutung, Kriegstreiberei, Politik, politische und
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Bob Brinkmeyer
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished this collection a while back but have been in-and-out of Goodreads for several months, enmeshed in and often stymied by the uncertainty facing all of us in the COVID world. Anyway, these are fantastic stories, all of them utterly strange and beguiling. Start reading one and immediately you're plunged into the world of the uncanny, into a world much like that of the The Twilight Zone (the original TV series from the late 1950s and 1960s). Great stuff. What an imaginative vision Dick po ...more
Karen’s Library
It's interesting to see the original stories that made up the TV series Electric Dreams. There's really nothing to the first three stories except a glimmer of an idea. ...more
Tristram Shandy
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Ignacio
En el futuro lejano, una anciana llega a una agencia de turismo y pide que la lleven a la Tierra. Los viajes intergalácticos son una realidad cotidiana; el único problema es que ya nadie sabe dónde está la Tierra. O siquiera si existe. El consenso científico dice aparentemente que la supuesta cuna de la humanidad es nada más que un mito, y que las personas aparecieron en forma simultánea en distintos planetas (una propuesta análoga a la hipótesis multirregional, o poligénica, sobre el origen de ...more
JoeK
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it's hard to review this very short tale without revealing major spoilers, but...

This was a nice change of pace. It had a plot, a beginning a middle and an end, and it told a cohesive story. Sorry if that sounds sarcastic, but I've only ever read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and a handful of short stories. Mostly I've been disappointed by this SF legend. I find half of Dick's stories to be on the ridiculous side, and many of them with major plot problems.
I read the The Electric Ant
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Andy Hickman
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Impossible Planet”: Deeply nostalgic story. Having been published in 1953, is the likely inspiration for the French novel 'Planet of the Apes' (1963) adapted into the mega-hit franchise we now have. ****
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Behind Norton came a withered old woman. Beside her moved a gleaming robant, a towering robot servant, supporting her with his arm. The robant and the tiny old woman entered the control room slowly...
"Irma Vincent Gordon," Andrews murmured. He glanced up. "Is that right?"
The old woman d
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Jon Officer
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although The Impossible Planet is set deep into our own future, the tale openly projects familiar social affairs such as human manipulation, financial corruption, and irony which are all laid out with a masterful and natural fluidity.
Rob
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great little short. Manipulative, but fun
Rosaleen Lynch
A story with themes ranging from loss, memory, human fallibility and frailty and concerns about the continuation of life on earth.
Austin Wright
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How PKD can throw a twist into a twist into a twist into a twist--in a 6-page story!!!

Sometimes I will get dizzy reading how clever of an adventure PKD takes me on.
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting. A haunting feeling when reading and finishing this story. Throughout the tale, the mystery and revelations are intertwined in every conversation. Great descriptions too btw. Love it. Truly.
Unknown Unknown
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Deutsche Ausgabe: Deutscher Kommentar... Die Geschichten sind haben grösstenteils einen postapokalyptischen Hintergrund - man merkt, dass sie in Zeiten des Kalten Krieges und der Angst vor Nuklearkrieg geschrieben wurden. Den Geschichten, die zum Teil auch verfilmt wurden, merkt man ihre Qualität (und zum Teil Eignung für das Kino) an. Ich kann diese Kurzgeschichtensammlung uneingeschränkt empfehlen...
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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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