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Great Collection (Part 1),
This review is from: Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One Of The Collected Stories (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 first of 5 volumes).
These are amongst his earliest stories (with one exception, all the stories of this volume were written over a nine-month period between 1951 and 1952) and 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 Movement"
"Beyond Lies the Wub"
"Piper in the Woods"
"The Preserving Machine"
"The Variable Man"
"The Indefatigable Frog"
"The Crystal Crypt"
"The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford"
"Paycheck" (on which the movie Paycheck is based)
"The Great C"
"Out in the Garden"
"The King of the Elves" (on which the forthcoming movie King of the Elves is based)
The other four volumes in this collection are:
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
"This is why I love SF. I love to read it; I love to write it. The SF writer sees not just possibilities but wild possibilities. It's not just 'What if...' It's 'My God; what if...' In frenzy and hysteria."
-- Philip K Dick
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):
A Scanner Darkly (S.F. Masterworks)
The Man In The High Castle (S.F. Masterworks)
Ubik (S.F. Masterworks)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (S.F. Masterworks)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (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.