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Beyond Lies the Wub: 1: Collected Stories (The collected stories of Philip K Dick) Paperback – May 17, 1990


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"...fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas" -- The Independent

'An elusive and in-incomparable artist' -- Ursula K. Le Guin

'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction.' -- Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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SALES POINTS * ' A fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas' The Independent * ' One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction. Philip K. Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem naval gazers in a cul-de-sac' Sunday Times * ' An elusive and incomparable artist' Ursula K. Le Guin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: The collected stories of Philip K Dick (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New edition edition (May 17, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586207643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586207642
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.3 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,422,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe the book this is supposed to be is better.
David A. Lessnau
As such, the five-volume collection of his stories, of which "Beyond Lies the Wub" is the first volume, must be centerpiece of any serious scifi collection.
not4prophet
Nonetheless, this is a very entertaining short sci-fi story.
Dr. Bojan Tunguz

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By albemuth on July 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
These are the earliest stories PKD wrote, starting with the previously unpublished 1947 story "Stability" and ending with "Prize Ship", written in 1952. There are 25 of them in the lot, most with comments from the author. Some real gems are collected here (like "King of the Elves" and the pulpy "The Infinites"), but also some rather, ah, unpolished work.
But the thing is that this is not just interesting because of the actual stories but it gives a direct line to the developing talent of the man and that man at this point in his life was blossoming with ideas. He just hadn't yet gotten to the point where he knew how to express them. But that really doesn't stop one who is willing to drop those preconceived notions as to what constitutes good science fiction; this is FICTION with a capital letter, imagined from the get-go and heading towards uncharted waters. Reading this stuff made me long for such stuff today - most of what you get these days is pale and boring, closer to science fact and lacking in any true originality.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By not4prophet on January 13, 2006
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The name Philip K Dick emerges quite frequently in any debate over the identity of the world's greatest science fiction author. Consider, then, the claim that Dick short stories are actually a more impressive achievement than his novels. Excessive, you say? I think it's true. Dick's one hundred-odd stories contain at least one mention of most of the ideas that shaped modern imaginative fiction. As such, the five-volume collection of his stories, of which "Beyond Lies the Wub" is the first volume, must be centerpiece of any serious scifi collection.

Dick's prose is never lavish, but always plain and workable. In a sense this merely disarms us, as we don't expect such wondrous invention from apparently normal writing. Aside from that limitation, however, these stories range over everything imaginable: from fantastic to prosaic, from the present time to far future settings, and from horror to tragedy to light-hearted wry humor. Two of the best comedy stories in this volume feature Dr. Labyrinth, a kooky inventor who sees problems and solutions quite differently from the rest of the human race. In "The Preservation Machine", he invents a method for converting musical works to animals, so as the great classical masterpieces can have better odds of survival in a Darwinian world. In "The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford", he discovers that inanimate objects will come to life if they are sufficiently irritated. "The Preservation Machine" ends with the discovery that the struggles of a dog-eat-dog world have transformed the works of Bach and Schubert into hideous bits of cacophany, a prime example of how even Dick's humorous tales are not without their bite.

On the horror end we have "Colony" and "Meddler".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David A. Lessnau on June 29, 2013
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I'm sure I'll be dinged for this, but Kindle users need to be aware that this "book" is not a book at all. It's just a single, very short story (it took me about 8 minutes to read it). The writing is good, but the story is contrived and obvious. Maybe the book this is supposed to be is better. But, for Kindle users, this is worthless. One star out of 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 20, 2011
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A cargo ship is about to take off from the Martian surface and head to Earth. At the last minute one of the crewmen loads a wub onto the spaceship - a large creature that is familiar to earthlings by another, more prosaic, name. The crew intends to use the wub for the purpose of supplementing their food supply, but shortly after the takeoff it turns out that despite its external familiarity, wub is in fact a very different creature. The ensuing confusion and confrontation make up the bulk of the story.

This is an extremely short and interesting PKD story. It is written in the inimitable style of this sci-fi legend. The main theme has been explored many times by other authors, but PKD manages to leave his own imprint on it. Due to the story's brevity there is virtually no character development, and a few transitions are a bit rough. In particular the ending, although quite interesting and thought-provoking, leaves too much to suggestion and implication. Nonetheless, this is a very entertaining short sci-fi story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beach Mystress on October 7, 2012
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THIS IS A SINGLE STORY, NOT A COLLECTION AS THE TITLE AND REVIEWS CLAIM. Rather than being a collection, it is the short story, "Beyond Lies the Wub" rather than the book, "Beyond Lies the Wub (Collected Stories: Vol 1)" For some reason, Amazon has bled the reviews from an existing book to this Project Gutenberg free short story.

The story itself gives you a bit of a shiver (at about 25 pages rather than the claimed 411.) The writing isn't as polished as you'd expect from an author like P Dick. The reason being, it's his first published story (Planet Stories, July, 1952.) The content is a bit hard to read as it doesn't reflect the values of today. The ending few sentences make the entire story come together and gives you chills! The polish might not be there, but you can see the seeds of the author's promise!
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By Joshua on July 12, 2014
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This isn't a book, but actually a short story. It's a very quick read, albeit a good one.
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