The Father-thing Hardcover – 1 Nov 1989
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‘One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Philip K Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac’
‘An elusive and incomparable artist’
Ursula Le Guin
From the Back Cover
This third volume of Philip K. Dick’s stories is drawn, like 'Second Variety' (the second volume), from his most prolific period as a short story writer. The 23 items were written in little more than a year, before his first novel appeared. Many of them are previously uncollected, but also included are several of his most famous stories, such as ‘Foster, You’re Dead’, a powerful extrapolation of nuclear war hysteria, and ‘The Golden Man’, a very different story about a super evolved mutant human. This is a marvellously varied collection by a writer whose posthumous reputation continues to grow and grow.
“A fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal for the expression of his ideas”
“A Stunning composite portrait of our times”
“The most brilliant sci fi mind on any planet”
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The stories contained within this volume were written in the 1950s. 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 Hanging Stranger"
"The Eyes Have It"
"The Golden Man" (which the movie Next is based on)
"The Turning Wheel"
"The Last of the Masters"
"Tony and the Beetles"
"To Serve the Master"
"Upon the Dull Earth"
"Foster, You're Dead"
"Pay for the Printer"
"The Chromium Fence"
"A World of Talent"
"Psi-Man Heal My Child!"
"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
The other four volumes in this collection are:
Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One Of The Collected Short Stories
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Certainly one of the best of the Dick's collections of short stories.
I totally recommend the whole set of his short stories.
This is the kind of author that should be on the national curriculum. It would have kept my interest better than far from the madding crowd for sure.
This volume was one of my first Philip K Dick books as a teenager (I believe I may have read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep first), and it immediately captivated me.
Highlights of this volume include:
The Hanging Stranger - A man finds a dead body hanging from a lamppost in the middle of town, but the other residents seem strangely oblivious
The Golden Man - A government agency charged with tracking down mutants faces a unique challenge
The Last of the Masters - Members of a global anarchist militia investigate rumours of a surviving microstate
War Veteran - An old man claims to be a time-travelling veteran of interplanetary war
Shell Game - A group of alleged paranoiacs shipwrecked on an alien planet attempt to determine their own sanity
This collection of short stories is the best Volume that I've read so far with some classic, humorous tales.
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ANYONE WHO LIKES SCI/FI BUY ALL 5 FOR SOME GREAT STORIES , OFTEN OF THE BEATEN TRACK,Published 1 month ago by gavin
I include volumes 1,2 & 3 of the collected stories of PKD. Strange,unusual, fascinating shorts by one of the 20th century greats.Published on 26 July 2013 by Malc B.
I read this while i was at school. I had already read the previous 2 collections of short stories in the collection: starting with @beyond lies the Wub'. Read morePublished on 24 July 2007 by A. CRAIG