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Great short stories,
This review is from: Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One Of The Collected Stories (Paperback)
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 first volume includes Dick's earliest short stories, which are more whimsical than his later works in general. Highlights of this volume include:
Roog - What a dog believes the garbage men are up to
The Little Movement - A young boy is manipulated by a sentient toy soldier
The Skull - A prisoner is given the chance to redeem himself by travelling back in time to assassinate the founder of a religious movement
The Defenders - Humans live below ground while robots fight their wars by proxy on Earth's radiation-contaminated surface
Expendable - A man becomes involved in a conflict of unusual dimensions
Paycheck - An engineer takes on a contract to work on a secret project for two years, after which his memory is erased. On waking, to his surprise he finds that instead of money he has asked the company to pay him with a bag of trinkets...