We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (Vol. 5 of Collected Stories) Paperback – 7 Nov 1991
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The final volume in the definitive collection of stories by the greatest science fiction writer of the twentieth century --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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"A fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas"
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Top Customer Reviews
The stories in this volume were written between 1963 and 1981 (shortly before his death). 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 Black Box"
"The War with the Fnools"
"A Game of Unchance"
"A Terran Odyssey"
"Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday"
"We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (which the movie Total Recall was based on)
"Not By Its Cover"
"Faith of Our Fathers"
"The Story to End All Stories for Harlan Ellison's Anthology Dangerous Visions"
"The Electric Ant"
"Cadbury, the Beaver Who Lacked"
"A Little Something for Us Tempunauts"
"The Eye of the Sibyl"
"The Day Mr. Computer Fell out of its Tree"
"The Exit Door Leads In"
"Chains of Air, Web of Aether"
"Strange Memories of Death"
"I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon"
"The Alien Mind"
'...fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas' -- The Independent
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Something that occurred to me when reading this book was truly imaginative you could be when writing a story; I never really enjoyed the idea of a short story before reading this book. What occured to me whilst reading them was the entire point of them being short; the story is kept fresh and interesting and ideas can be explored that would quickly run out of steam if they were stretched further.
Within these hallowed pages you will find a great variety of different stories ranging from the oft-quoted title story (that was vastly expanded into Total Recall), right through to "The War With Fnools"; a crazy tale of an attempt by aliens to take over the Earth by disguising themselves as tiny real-estate salesmen.
There is such great depth of imagination and variety; yet some of the stories have a touch of the absurd about them (such as the aforementioned "The War With Fnools") and it is this that makes the book such a compelling read.
On a seperate note, the notes at the back of the book (some of which are made by the author) really flesh out the different backstories (and the mindset) of the author and are worth reading in themselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Light on characterisation, but bursting with original ideas. No wonder he's a film maker's favourite.Published 12 months ago by Paul
I don't know why I ever thought that this author was any good. I am afraid that he is too "way out" for me. Nevertheless I am glad that I have tried him.Published 13 months ago by Richard Coward
A good assortment of stories as always from Philip K Dick. I've got the complete set of his short stories & have enjoyed them all.Published 18 months ago by P Donnie