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8 Mar 2007 GOLLANCZ S.F.

Drawn from the five volumes of his complete short stories (also published by Gollancz) this volume represents the very cream of Philip K. Dick's output.

It serves both as a celebration of his work, in the 25th year since his death, and as the ideal introduction to his unique take on the world for new readers.

As our culture becomes ever more fluid, as fact is fictionalised, as documentary gives way to reality-TV, as our identities are digitised, as globalism runs wild, as drugs become ever more ubiquitous the world is finally catching up with even the most bizarre of Philip K. Dick's imaginings.

25 years after his death we are living in Philip K. Dick's world, this new authoratitive collection of his best short fiction shows us why.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (8 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575080345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575080348
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The very best short fiction from the man whose stories are dominating Hollywood's creative output 25 years after his death.

About the Author

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the record straight! 2 Jun 2011
I am writing this review in response to the previous one.

This book contains 20 short stories.
The 2 best collections (according to Lawrence Sutin, author of 'Divine Invasions') are "The Best of Philip K Dick" And "The Golden Man", which are both out of print. Sutin's book rates the Golden Man as 8/10 and The Best of PKD as 10/10.

Human Is, contains 13 selection from "The Best of PKD" and 2 selections from "The Golden Man".

Human Is also contains The Novella 'The Variable Man' and 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.' (Total Recall)

Human Is, also contains, according to many, PKD's best short story, 'The Electric Ant'

In summation, 'Human Is' contains 20 classic stories and if you are a PKD fan it is a great purchase. I am sure Lawrence Sutin would rate it 10/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of films 25 May 2014
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There are so many classic film's that have been taken from this book. some will surprise you ,and some you will be waiting for. It will be worthwhile no matter how long it will be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection 22 April 2013
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This is a fine single volume collection of some of PKD's best short stories.

The stories contained in this collection are:

Beyond Lies The Wub
The Defenders
Second Variety
The Preserving Machine
The Variable Man
Adjustment Team
The Father-Thing
Foster, You're Dead
Human Is
The Mold of Yancy
If There Where No Benny Cemoli
The Days of Perky Pat
Oh, To Be A Blobel!
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
The Electric Ant
A Little Something For Us Tempunauts
The Pre-Persons

This volume is a great introduction to PKD's short stories. The complete collection of PKD's short stories is the Gollancz 5 volume set, from which the above stories are taken. The 5 volume set consists of:

Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One Of The Collected Short Stories
Second Variety: Volume Two Of The Collected Short Stories
The Father-Thing: Volume Three Of The Collected Short Stories
Minority Report: Volume Four Of The Collected Short Stories
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Volume Five of The Collected Short Stories

Hopefully the full 5 volume set will also be made available on the kindle in the not too distant future.
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