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Great Collection (Part 2),
This review is from: Second Variety: Volume Two Of The Collected Stories (Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick) (Paperback)
As a long time fan of the work of Philip K Dick, I love this complete collection of his short stories (of which this is the second of 5 volumes).
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 (which were written between 1952 and 1955) are:
"The Cookie Lady"
"Beyond the Door"
"Second Variety" (which the movie Screamers is based on)
"The Cosmic Poachers"
"Some Kinds of Life"
"Martians Come in Clouds"
"The World She Wanted"
"A Surface Raid"
"The Trouble with Bubbles"
"Breakfast at Twilight"
"A Present for Pat"
"The Hood Maker"
"Of Withered Apples"
"Adjustment Team" (which the movie Adjustment Bureau is based on)
"The Impossible Planet"
"Impostor" (which the movie Impostor is based on)
"James P. Crow"
"Planet for Transients"
"...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 had such a powerful intellectual presence.' -- Brian Aldiss
'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction.' -- Sunday Times
The other four volumes in this collection are:
Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One 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
If you are new to Philip K Dick's work I would also recommend the novels (which generally seem to be regarded as among his best):
Ubik (S.F. Masterworks)
A Scanner Darkly (S.F. Masterworks)
The Man In The High Castle (S.F. Masterworks)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (S.F. Masterworks)
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (S.F. Masterworks)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?: The novel which became 'Blade Runner' (S.F. Masterworks)
That said, as with the short stories, though some of PKD's works are better than others, to my mind they are all well worth reading.