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Vintage PKD (Vintage Original) [Kindle Edition]

Philip K. Dick
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Book Description

A master of science fiction, a voice of the changing counterculture, and a genuine visionary, Philip K. Dick wrote about reality, entropy, deception, and the plight of being alive in the modern world. Through his remarkable career Dick has established himself as a writer of the first order and his dreams of the future have proven to be eerily prophetic and even more prescient than when he wrote them.

Vintage PKD features extracts from The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Ubik, A Scanner Darkly, VALIS, and stories including “The Days of Perky Pat,” “A Little Something for Us Tempunauts," and “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” along with essays and letters currently unavailable in book form.
Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the great modern writers, presented in attractive, affordable paperback editions.

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From Publishers Weekly

Prolific science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick's novels and short stories have inspired films like Blade Runner and Minority Report. Excerpts from seminal novels A Scanner Darkly, Ubik, The Man in the High Castle and others, and complete stories including "The Days of Perky Pat" are collected with a selection of his essays and letters in this wide-ranging haute sci-fi taster's menu.
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“A brilliant, idiosyncratic, formidably intelligent writer. . . . Dick illuminates. He casts light. He gives off a radiance.” –The Washington Post

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Product Details

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400096073
  • Publisher: Vintage (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUDH1Q
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3.0 out of 5 stars More handshake than introduction August 2, 2008
In the quarter-century since Philip K. Dick's death, Hollywood has trounced us with multiple adaptations of his work. A partial list would include Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly and Minority Report. Each of these films does something different, but what none of them, with a couple of possible exceptions, manage to do is fully expose the viewer to the conceptual richness and edge-of-sanity viewpoint of Dick's work.

This anthology from Vintage Books, Vintage PKD, aims to change that for neophyte readers of the PKD canon. Contained within this slim volume (less than 190 pages) are a couple of short stories, an essay or two by the man himself, and chapters excerpted from several of his novels. Wisely, the Vintage editors stayed away from the works that have been adapted for the screen, as well as some of the more heavily anthologized works, such as his 1959 story "Time Out of Joint." Since PKD was so prolific -- despite dying at age 53, he managed to get more than thirty novels and hundreds of short stories published -- this left a lot to choose from. Of the works excerpted here, the best-known one may be The Man in the High Castle, the 1962 alternate history of an America divvied up between the Japanese and Nazi Germany after the Allies lose WWII, which won PKD a Hugo Award.

As a sketch of the artist's development and talent, Vintage PKD is successful, in that the alert reader will discover the strength and flow of his writing, the progression of his abilities and the warmth and good humor that ran hand-in-hand with his paranoia and deep-seated rage against the universe and its injustices. However, as even an incomplete portrait of the concepts PKD struggled with, this volume is an unqualified failure.
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