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We Can Remember It for You Wholesale: and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick Paperback – March 1, 2011

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About the Author

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was an American science-fiction novelist, short-story writer and essayist. A contemporary of Ursula K. Le Guin, Dick's first short story, "Beyond Lies the Wub," was published shortly after his high-school graduation. Many of Dick's works drew upon his personal experiences with drug abuse, addressing topics such as paranoia and schizophrenia, transcendental experiences and alternate reality, and the childhood death of his twin sister is reflected through the recurring theme of the "phantom twin" in many of his novels. Despite ongoing financial troubles and issues with the IRS, Dick had a prolific writing career, winning both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award multiple times. Some of his most famous novels and stories--A Scanner Darkly, "The Minority Report," "Paycheck," and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (adapted into the film Blade Runner)--have been adapted for film. Dick died in 1982.

Norman Spinrad is a science fiction icon and the author of more than twenty novels which have been translated into over a dozen languages. His 1969 novel, "Bug Jack Barron, "was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and his short fiction collection, "The Star-Spangled Future, "was a National Book Award finalist. He has also written screenplays for American television series, including the original "Star Trek". He lives in New York. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel; Reissue edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806534451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806534459
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale'(made into a film,'Total Recall', can't wait for the new Colin Farell version as well, 2012) is the second volume of Philip K.Dick's volume of short stories. All of the stories in this volume are at most very interesting and thought out. Yet there are quite a few great ones as well, the ones you'll read again and again or share with a friend or family member. The stories here are just as or more so interesting in this day of age than at the time of his career. Only now are we all getting to know this fabulous writer through the movies that are inspired from his work.(Minority Report, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly, Bladerunner) Most of the stories here are science fiction, mystery and the curiosity and nature of mankind, time travel and the questions of "Am I who I think I am?".
One of my favorite stories is 'The Cosmic Poachers',where humans intercept an alien craft for it's cargo of eggs, yet not knowing the risk of whatever is inside those eggs.
Or the story, 'A Surface Raid', in a future apocalypse the people of the underground world set forth upward to capture the mostly extinct humans, but in the view of one man from beneath, the humans are....better?
In 'The Trouble With Bubbles', mankind is depressed because they never found life outside the solar system, so instead everyone creates their own miniature worlds with full life and fauna, only every year to get together at the awards ceremony to smash their worlds to bits.
Others such as 'Jon's World', 'A Present For Pat','James P.Crow' and 'The impossible Planet' are lovely and intricate sci-fi stories.
These are stories that grab you and at most times at the very end of the story he'll throw in something you never saw coming.
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This is a collection of many, but not all of Dick's earliest short stories, all from the early 50s, with the sole exception of "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" which is from the 60s and is (wisely) presumably promoted on the cover to boost sales. If you're a Dick fan you'll definitely want this, but more casual fans who are less well read on their Dick would probably prefer The Philip K. Dick Reader or another more selective anthology.

Aside from the fact that Dick's writing improved later on, the main weakness of this anthology is that all the stories hew tightly to the same theme. This was fine for short stories pumped out for the science fiction magazines at the time where they would have been mixed with many others, but many of the already somewhat predictable plots are ill-served by being placed end to end in one volume.

One notable short story which is absent from this collection is the classic (in my humble opinion) "Second Variety". This is odd not only because Second Variety is from the time period of the other stories in the book but because the introduction -apparently copied from a different, older collection- specifically cites it as being included. If you've already read Second Variety, no problem, but if you haven't, you probably should before reading this book because as the introduction mentions, it (unusually for Dick) ties in loosely with two of the stories in this collection.

All that said, this is a great collection in its own right, even if it's not necessarily the best available, because it showcases how incredibly ahead of his time Dick was.
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I have been a lover of Science Fiction all my life, and many of the stories in this collection are ones I read as a child. In fact, I was surprised to find that many of the fondly remembered stories and situations came from the master's typewriter. It is easy to see why so many movies have been adapted from his short stories, and I am certain that many more will grace our screens in the coming years.
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As a reader, I prefer the stuff closest to the writer's original form.

PKD's short story was titled "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale'.

Later produced as the movies "Total Recall". Two movies about double memories (cute). The first appearance is in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION APRIL 1966
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