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  • Series: Dover Books on Literature & Drama
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (August 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048649733X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486497334
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip K Dick was one of the biggest names in sci-fi in the second half of the twentieth century, and his stories have been the inspiration for some blockbuster movies - Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report among others. This collection includes 12 of Philip K Dick's early stories, published between 1952 and 1954 in some of the many sci-fi magazines that were in their heyday in the '50s. These early stories already show the imagination and story-telling skills that would mark his later work.

Certainly on the basis of these stories, Dick's work couldn't be classed as 'hard' sci-fi – the 'science' aspect is frequently so unscientific that even I can spot it. However, in general, there is an internal consistency to the made-up science that allows the stories to work. Perhaps the more interesting aspect is how many of the stories are clearly influenced by the Cold War which was well under way by the time of writing – there is a feeling of paranoia that runs through many of the stories. Most of the stories involve war in some form or another, often between people on Earth, but just as often between Earth and alien species. Nuclear holocaust is central in more than one, and there are mentions of terrorism and spies. None of these wars are glorious though and victory, if it comes at all, comes at a terrible price. As a collection, it is an intriguing and enlightening look at the fears of Dick's contemporary society.

Fortunately, amidst all this bleakness, there are a couple of lighter stories with some quirky and occasionally black humour.
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The Early Science Fiction of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick is a very highly recommended collection of 12 of the best of his very early works. I loved this collection of short stories from works written from 1952–1954. They are all engaging and indicative of Dick's later, more impressive work.

Quite naturally, knowing that this is a collection of his early works, you will be able to tell that they were written in the 50's. I found it easy to set aside the notion that these themes were too dated and found all of the stories very entertaining. I actively enjoyed every single story in this collection. There is, again, quite naturally, a pulp-feel to them, but the stories themselves are quite solid and show the promise of things yet to come from this intelligent, talented writer. Fans of Philip K. Dick and early pulp science fiction will appreciate this collection.

Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Dover Publications for review purposes.
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By LewisC on August 19, 2014
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Philip K Dick is a grandmaster of science fiction, but even he had to get started somewhere. This book holds some of his early works. You'll find humorous, creepy and just complete far out fiction. I enjoyed reading it, but if you pick it up, you need to understand that it is his early work and that means it is topical from years and years ago. At the time some of this was probably cutting edge. Now you need to read it to understand a master.
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Judged in the context of early 1950s science fiction, these are unremarkable, fair-to-good stories. Many of the elements that seem to foreshadow themes from Dick's later works, are actually common conventions in the science fiction pulps of the time. That is, Dick imitated clichés of the genre at the beginning of his career, then preserved some of them in his more accomplished mature works.

If your interest is stories of this era, you would do far better to select any of several excellent anthologies, such as Vintage Science Fiction: 1950s. Even if your interest is in Dick specifically, you should start with a broader reading of contemporary stories in order to give context to these examples. Read cold, I suspect the works will seem to be okay short stories with some interesting but mostly hackneyed ideas, with a lot of repetition, paranoia and pessimism about the future.

If you are already well-versed in 1950s science fiction and Dick's later work, this book will be both interesting and entertaining. While Dick was never a hard science fiction writer, he was intelligent enough to get to the crux of some important scientific issues. However in these stories he falls firmly in the camp of "space opera" writers who sprinkle their prose with terms that sound scientific while failing to appreciate the basics of a high school curriculum. An asteroid you can walk around in four hours has earth's gravity because it has a "dense metallic core," and it has forests, lakes and humanlike natives. It's settled to be a way station between Earth and Venus. It's hot and bright due to Jupiter-reflected sunlight.
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