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on 1 March 2011
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"
"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"
"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
Second Variety: Volume Two Of The Collected Short Stories
Minority Report: Volume Four Of The Collected Short Stories
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Volume Five of The Collected Short Stories

If you are new to Philip K Dick's work I would also recommend the novels (which generally seem to be regarded as among his best):

Ubik (S.F. Masterworks)
A Scanner Darkly (S.F. Masterworks)
The Man In The High Castle (S.F. Masterworks)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (S.F. Masterworks)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?: The novel which became 'Blade Runner' (S.F. Masterworks)

That said, as with the short stories, though some of PKD's works are better than others, to my mind they are all well worth reading.
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