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We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick) [Paperback]

Philip K. Dick , Thomas M. Disch
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11 May 2000
The fifth and final part of the complete collected stories shows Philip K. Dick at the very height of his outstanding powers. The twenty-five tales were written between 1963 and 1981, just a few months before he died, and include two stories which have been turned into box office smashes: the title story, filmed as Total Recall, and "The Little Black Box", which grew into his masterpiece Blade Runner.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (11 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857989481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857989489
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The final volume in the definitive collection of stories by the greatest science fiction writer of the twentieth century

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"A fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas"
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection (Part 5) 1 Mar 2011
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As a fan of the work of Philip K Dick (1928-1982), I love this complete collection of his short stories (of which this is the fifth of 5 volumes).

The stories in this volume were written between 1963 and 1981 (shortly before his death). As with any collection of this kind, where all an authors short stories are collected, you get something of a mixed bag. However, to my mind even when PKD is not at his best he is still well worth a read (and at his best he is among the very best). As well as the stories you get some interesting introductory material and some helpful notes.

The stories contained in this volume are:

"The Little Black Box"
"The War with the Fnools"
"A Game of Unchance"
"Precious Artifact"
"Retreat Syndrome"
"A Terran Odyssey"
"Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday"
"Holy Quarrel"
"We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (which the movie Total Recall was based on)
"Not By Its Cover"
"Return Match"
"Faith of Our Fathers"
"The Story to End All Stories for Harlan Ellison's Anthology Dangerous Visions"
"The Electric Ant"
"Cadbury, the Beaver Who Lacked"
"A Little Something for Us Tempunauts"
"The Pre-Persons"
"The Eye of the Sibyl"
"The Day Mr. Computer Fell out of its Tree"
"The Exit Door Leads In"
"Chains of Air, Web of Aether"
"Strange Memories of Death"
"I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon"
"Rautavaara's Case"
"The Alien Mind"

'...fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas' -- The Independent

'No other writer of his generation has had such a powerful intellectual presence.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 3 Mar 2001
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I must admit I only bought this book for the title story "We Can Remmber It For You Wholesale" as this was the story which became the film "Total Recall". This is a great short story and is as different from the book as is "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep" to the film "Blade Runner". If you have never considered reading any of Dick's novels then I would recommend starting with one of his short story compendiums (of which this is one). His writing style is simply fantastic... Some of the reading is heavy going but is well worth reading. (I remember reading "Do Androids..." for the first time and having to re-read several pages as I thought i'd missed something). This can still happen but once you have read several of his stories you become accustomed to his style and even look forward to having you mind messed with! Overall I would say that this is a great compendium of short stories and should be a part of your collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I haven't read all of the stories in this collection but the ones that I have read are just brilliantly imaginitive and hillarious. Philip K. Dick felt that he was possessed by an angel or some other kind of higher intelligence, (see Colin Wilson's "The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries"), and this is not entirely un-evident in Dick's writings. One of my favourite stories in this volume is "War with the fnools", which is about three foot businessmen haunting the Earth with their strangeness. (The following may spoil the story a little...): the problem is that if one of the fnools eats a certain piece of food or something, all of the fnools in existence will double in size. This happens once and the fnools are exactly the same size as humans, and are indistinguishable, ... but what could happen if they doubled in size again?! The story on which the film "Total Recall" was based is very fast and difficult to follow, and is called "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale". I would recommend this collection of short stories to anyone with an active imagination and with an absurd sense of humour. Not all of Dick's stories are intended to be humourous though, and some are perhaps even deeply philosophical, and can be quite haunting. I would not only recommend these short stories, but also the accompanying volume of short stories: "Beyond Lies the Wub".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far Out Sci-Fi 15 Aug 2007
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These were not the first Philip K Dick stories that I had read (the first was the rather amazing "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep") but were the first book of his short stories that I had read.

Something that occurred to me when reading this book was truly imaginative you could be when writing a story; I never really enjoyed the idea of a short story before reading this book. What occured to me whilst reading them was the entire point of them being short; the story is kept fresh and interesting and ideas can be explored that would quickly run out of steam if they were stretched further.

Within these hallowed pages you will find a great variety of different stories ranging from the oft-quoted title story (that was vastly expanded into Total Recall), right through to "The War With Fnools"; a crazy tale of an attempt by aliens to take over the Earth by disguising themselves as tiny real-estate salesmen.

There is such great depth of imagination and variety; yet some of the stories have a touch of the absurd about them (such as the aforementioned "The War With Fnools") and it is this that makes the book such a compelling read.

On a seperate note, the notes at the back of the book (some of which are made by the author) really flesh out the different backstories (and the mindset) of the author and are worth reading in themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant collection of stories.
Published 16 hours ago by Svidrigailov
5.0 out of 5 stars Its P K Dicks What can I Say
Great Stories the man is the best at bending peoples minds, don't expect sprawling space opera, lets get back to Hard SF good ideas imagination, twists and turns and expect the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by James Bowman
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, varied stories, but print quality poor.
Before I ordered this book, I was aware that Philip K. Dick had suffered from some mental health problems during his life, so I was expecting some variation in the style, themes... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. K. C. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars We can recommend it to you wholesale
A quite fantastic collection of short stories from a brilliant philosophical mind.

I have found since reading this collection that I can now only think of things in a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by washington_irving
5.0 out of 5 stars we can remember it for you wholesale
i wanted to read this story by Philip K Dick. it is the story the Total Recall was based on. the book has lost of short stories and is great for night time reading although some of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by diva bubble
5.0 out of 5 stars The best volume
Philip K Dick's short stories are some of his very best work. As a writer whose talent was in crafting imaginative stories filled with mend-bending ideas rather than developing... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by David Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Storytelling: PKD
This is a cllection of science fiction's greatest masterpieces.
Even if you are a fan of sci fi but not Phillip K Dick, it is worth at least one read. Read more
Published on 16 May 2011 by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Hang on that sounds familiar...
Whilst watching the recent compelling adaptation of Lehane's 'Shutter Island', I was struck with a profound sense of deja vu. Read more
Published on 3 July 2010 by Mr. Timothy W. Dumble
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book of great stories
A fantastic book of short stories by the finest science fiction writer of all time.These stories are full of great ideas and humour and many were the launchpad for the ideas Dick... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2006 by hfromspace
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than 'just that Total Recall book'
This is a very interesting and thought provokingly collection of short stories. PKD investigates consciousness, god, perception and well... Read more
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