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The Father-thing Hardcover – 1 Nov 1989

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition edition (1 Nov. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575046163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575046160
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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’
Sunday Times

‘An elusive and incomparable artist’
Ursula Le Guin

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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”
INDEPENDENT

“A Stunning composite portrait of our times”
THE OBSERVER

“The most brilliant sci fi mind on any planet”
ROLLING STONE

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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 third of 5 volumes).

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:

"Fair Game"
"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"
"The Father-Thing"
"Strange Eden"
"Tony and the Beetles"
"Null-O"
"To Serve the Master"
"Exhibit Piece"
"The Crawlers"
"Sales Pitch"
"Shell Game"
"Upon the Dull Earth"
"Foster, You're Dead"
"Pay for the Printer"
"War Veteran"
"The Chromium Fence"
"Misadjustment"
"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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By Angela VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2004
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OK, not every single story is a brilliant satire on the state of the world, nor is every single story innovative or entirely original. BUT, even when Dick doesn't quite get it, he is usually entertaining, sometimes amusing and always completely paranoid! Buy it, read it and enjoy it. You will not be disappointed. For anyone who is looking for an entry point into the genre, this book comes VERY highly recommended.
Certainly one of the best of the Dick's collections of short stories.
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This is the 3rd volume of the definitive five book set of the complete collected stories of the 20th century's greatest SF author with 23 tales written before his 1st novel "Solar Lottery" was published in 1956. It displays some of the best of Dick's originality, quirky humour and overflowing ideas. Great bedtime read especially if you only have time for one short story.
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If you like sci-fi, you'll like this.
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.
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Phillip K Dick's outlook on humanity is usually pessimistic and claustrophobic but not without hope, at least the hope that none of these things will actually happen. These short stories are so finely crafted and landscaped that the reader starts feeling the unease, paranoia and ennui of the charachters from the first page. The short story is the ideal instrument for his trade as he has so many ideas to express. I'm here at amazon looking for the other books in this fantastic collection.
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Philip K Dick's short stories are some of his very best work. As a writer whose talent was in crafting imaginative stories filled with mend-bending ideas rather than developing emotionally complicated characters, the format complements his strengths - many of the entries in the five-volume collection are masterpieces of distilled paranoia, surprise and suspense.

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
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I've read some of Philip K Dick's novels and a few of his short stories but I am in no way shape or form a massive fan. I find him an enjoyable writer with a very accessible style of writing.

This collection of short stories is the best Volume that I've read so far with some classic, humorous tales.
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