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Much more than just Science Fiction,
This review is from: Second Variety: Volume Two Of The Collected Stories (Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick) (Paperback)
This entertaining collection of Dick's early short fiction contains many of the themes which permeate all his work and later came to define him as an author.Several stories contain embryonic ideas developed in subsequent novels, notably the eponymous 'Second Variety', 'Progeny' and 'James P Crow' which explore the human - robot interface and the metaphysical question of can a robot ever truly possess consciousness and sentience?
The notion of identity theft written here by Dick in post McCarthyist USA is chillingly explored in 'Impostor' and retains a contemporary relevance in our increasingly virtual world. The theme of time travel is imaginatively investigated in 'John's World' and 'Breakfast at Twilight.' Testimony to Dick's range as much more than a writer of only Science Fiction is evident in the ghostly ambience created in 'Of Withered Apples' and 'Small Town.'
The undoubted gem of this collection however is to be found towards the end and is only 13 pages in length.'Prominent Author'suggests a tantalising explanation of how worm holes may have given rise to religious belief and the authorship of The Bible.
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