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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aegypan (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606645137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606645130
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was an easy and enjoyable read and even in such a short book there is a good dose of sci-fi imagination.
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A perfect encapsulation of the late 1950s in prose.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 30, 2011
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This is a short Philip K. Dick story that takes place in a not too distant future where the world has been devastated by the almost total destruction wreaked on by the World War III. The war between the Soviet Union on one hand and the United states on the other has been going on for years, and most of the Earth's surface has been totally destroyed. Humans have been forced to live in artificial cities that are buried deep underground, far away from the lethal radiation that has engulfed all of the surface. Far from wanting to end the war, however, the warring parties have developed armies of humanoid robots that can withstand the conditions on the surface and have been waging the war as proxies.

This story has many of the quintessential Philip K. Dick themes: preoccupation with nuclear war, obtuse functioning of the military, and humanoid robots that develop conscience that is not just a mare extension of the conscience of their creators. On the other hand, unlike many of his other stories, this one has a hopeful and a positive outlook. Also, the writing is well-crafted and the narrative relatively straightforward, which make this one of the more accessible of Philip K. Dick's stories. If you are new to this genius of sci-fi then this would be one of the best ways of getting introduced to his writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison on December 29, 2009
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I read this short book/story on Kindle after downloading it free from Feedbooks. I've previously read The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick and this is the short story that was written before The Penultimate Truth. There are many elements of the story that are very similar and the overall concepts are the same. Artificially intelligent robots, the leadys, are in both stories, and humans live underground to avoid WWIII raging above on the surface of the earth.

"The Defenders" is very much a fable with a 'moral of the story' ending. It was an easy and enjoyable read and even in such a short book there is a good dose of sci-fi imagination.

If you read "The Defenders" and then go onto The Penultimate Truth you'll probably spoil the initial part of that book as there so many conceptual similarities. If you fancy a short story then this is worth a read but The Penultimate Truth, being much longer, is a much more rounded and developed story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jared Foster on July 25, 2012
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Yes, I was reminded of Andrea Boccelli's song while reading this excellent little short story. Philip K. Dick proposes an interesting scenario of a world supposedly devastated by war, its human population driven underground by the radiation above while the war is carried on by machines.

While the ending of this story is surprisingly quixotic, the unreality of Dick's conclusions about human nature do not detract from the enjoyment of a well-written story.
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Classic Phillip Dick....typical Dick perspective of his visions of the future and what is in store for the human race.
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One of Dick's better short stories The Defenders serves as a wonderful introduction to the shifting realities that Philip K. Dick stories employ.
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By Guy with Beard on March 24, 2014
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Mankind is fighting a great world war. Humans have had to go underground to survive. Robots continue the fight on the first radioactive surface of the world. The fight has gone on for eight years now.

This is a great story even if it is a little dated. The war is being fought between the Soviets and America as the cold war goes hot. Man hasn't conquered space at this point (not that we have really either).

It is a little predictable. I saw where it was going around the halfway mark. Still it was masterfully executed in the telling. Saying anything else would just lead to spoilers, so let me end by saying read this one.
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By marvin on January 12, 2014
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This is a good Philip k. Dick book. He knows how to Wright a book and the people who copied it did good work.
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By B. Dalizu on May 16, 2013
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Phillip K. Dick's short story science fiction stories are from a simple idea yet provide a welcoming escape from reality and often thought provoking in the process. I came across this title after watching the reboot to 'Total Recall' at the end of the credits came up 'based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick. The Defenders just like Total Recall pits humans vs robots in the distant future. The plot though simplified, has so much to offer in between i.e premise and preclusion wise that the expanded simplicity complements an entire motion picture. This read is a great inspiration for young aspiring writers and the like.
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