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11 Science Fiction Stories Kindle Edition

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Length: 377 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Superior Formatting Publishing (August 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YOSCNQ
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 27, 2011
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**** General Overview ****

Philip K. Dick is one of the best-known and most influential sci-fi writers of all time. He was renown for his idiosyncratic narratives that challenged our perception of reality. Many of his short stories and novels have been adapted to major Hollywood movies, such as "Blade Runner", "Total Recall", and "The Adjustment Bureau".

This is a very neat little collection of the early Philip K. Dick stories. The stories vary in quality and reflect PKD's evolution as a writer and storyteller. Nonetheless all of the stories bear the unmistakable imprint of this sci-fi master's unique vision and perspective.

**** The Stories ****

** Beyond Lies the Wub **

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.

** Beyond the Door **

Larry Thomas came home one evening with an unusual gift for his wife Doris: an antique cuckoo clock. Doris was really excited about it, but she has a secret that she is hiding from Larry. When her secret is accidentally revealed later on, the plot takes a quirky and bizarre turn.

The story has a feel of an episode of "The Twilight Zone." It is very short, and its themes are barely worked out to make a coherent plot. The theme and symbolism of a cuckoo is exploited in a very transparent and in-your-face fashion.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Tombert on September 28, 2011
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These books are legally free to download! Project Gutenberg has downloads for all of them, and there is really no reason to pay for them if you consider the fact that A) Philip K Dick is dead and B) this collection is most likely a person who get the books from Project Gutenberg.

If you want to read these excellent books on your Kindle, you don't need to pay.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Mack on February 28, 2011
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If you have never read Dick then this would be a great way to start. Now I know where all of those shows like The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits etc got their ideas from. Dick has a very strange and wonderful imagination. These are gems for the most part.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Duran on March 21, 2011
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All Story's in this e-book are awesome, specially the first one: "Beyond lies the Wub" for some reason it just click with me in the right way. Every time I start a story it was completely different and original compare to the others, but at the same time, you can sense Philip K. Dick style and I think this is a good place to start reading his work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Foster on October 25, 2011
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I purchased this Kindle edition for 99 cents and was not disappointed. These are great stories, and the Kindle versions are pretty clean of errors. While I did find a few, they did nothing that distracts or take away from the story.

If you are not familiar with Philip Kindred Dick, he was one of Science Fictions great American authors. Fourty-four novels, 121 short stories and then there are the movies based on his books. Blade Runner and Total Recall come to mind as the two movies most people will recognize right away. There are ten movies from his works and one more due out in 2012.

I looked up the stories from this book to place them within his writing career.
Beyond Lies the Wub - 1952
Beyond the Door - 1954
The Crystal Crypt - 1954
The Defenders - 1953
The Gun - 1952
The Skull - 1952
The Eyes Have It - 1953
Second Variety - 1953
The Variable Man - 1953
Mr. Spaceship - 1953
Piper in the Woods - 1953

As Dick started writing in 1952 for magazines, most of these are from early in his career and are classic 50s Science Fiction short stories.

I would like to go into each of the stories, but that would be tragic. To be honest, I feel most of these have the typical "surprise" ending that was so common at that time and anything I write would be spoilers for the stories. But we do find some of the classic scenarios here; space travel, alien encounters, future government plots and the "not everything is as it seems" classic format. Dick weaves stories like tapestries, giving you a scenario and building strong characters that lead you into the story web he creates, trapping you in a totally unexpected ending, or a carefully conceived punch line.

We also see why his books became well-loved movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on November 3, 2011
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While all the stories in this collection are wonderful, as are almost all of Philip K. Dick's writings, I had trouble with the formatting of this specific Kindle edition. The extra spacing made it very tiresome to read as I had to flip to the next pages quickly with only 5 lines of dialogue on some pages. A more standard formatting would have made this a more pleasurable read. I only comment on this since the idea of "superior formatting" as advertised left me wanting, otherwise I would have given this a 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eliza on March 12, 2012
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The stories are like a time capsule as well and a peek into the authors view of our future world.
If you read between the lines of each story you can see what the current issues of the day were...their fears, their social values and their angst.
I read the book in one setting I enjoyed it so much.
The only problem that I had with this e book was that the editing was poor. Many misspellings and misplaced words which bothered me a bit.
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