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The Crystal Crypt: Short Story

The Crystal Crypt: Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Philip K. Dick

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In the distant future, when Earth and Mars are on the verge of war, the last Earthmen departing the red planet are held up by Martian soldiers searching for three saboteurs who destroyed an entire Martian city—an event that will quickly bring the precarious interplanetary conflict to a head.

Philip K. Dick was an American science-fiction novelist, short-story writer and essayist. His first short story, “Beyond Lies the Wub,” was published shortly after his high school graduation. Some of his most famous short stories were adapted for film, including “The Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” “Second Variety” (adapted into the film Screamers) and “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” (adapted into the film Total Recall).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (31 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Short Sci-fi Story 5 Jan 2014
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
"Crystal Crypt" is a short story that takes place in unspecified future where Mars and Earth (or "Terra" as it is called) are two antagonistic civilizations that are precipitously headed for a war. The last spaceship of Terrans has departed Mars, but before it reaches its interplanetary course it is intercepted by Martian military. The Martians believe that on board of the spaceship are three saboteurs that destroyed one of their major cities. Whether this is in fact the case and how this may influence the Terran journey home is the principle plotline of this story.

The story is very well crafted, and it has all the elements of classic sci-fi genre: interplanetary travel, clash of civilizations, and fantastic advanced technology that is at the crux of the plot development. The story can also be viewed through the prism of the Cold War, as two radically different civilizations are vying for supremacy and are willing to use underhanded tactics to gain an upper hand in future negotiations. The plotline holds well together, and provides enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. This is a good, solid sci-fi story that will be appreciated by all fans of this genre.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for short read. 29 April 2014
By K. Nakamura - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was my first book by this author. I find it to be interesting but to short. If only he could have wrote it longer. It would be nice to see a film adaptation.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont need to read the book 5 Jun 2012
By William E Bradley - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Product description pretty much negates having to read the book since it tells us how it ends I would not spend the money.
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