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This review is from: Minority Report (Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick) (Paperback)
As a fan of the work of Philip K Dick, I love this complete collection of his short stories (of which this is the fourth of 5 volumes).
This volume covers PKD's short stories from late 1954 through to 1963. As with any collection of this kind, where all an authors short stories are collected, the quality can vary. 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 Mold of Yancy"
"The Minority Report" (which the movie Minority Report is based on)
"The Unreconstructed M"
"If There Were No Benny Cemoli"
"What the Dead Men Say"
"Orpheus with Clay Feet"
"The Days of Perky Pat"
"What'll We Do with Ragland Park?"
"Oh, to Be a Blobel!"
"A useful acquisition for any serious SF library or collection" -- Kirkus
"The collected stories of Philip K. Dick is awe inspiring". -- The Washington Post
"More than anyone else in the field, Mr. Dick really puts you inside people's minds". -- Wall Street Journal
The other four volumes in this collection are:
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
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):
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?: The novel which became 'Blade Runner' (S.F. Masterworks)
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)
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.