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The Gun by [Dick, Philip K.]
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 95 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TPQJBG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,269 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I'm not sure when this was written but I suspect it was very early. Its not really a book, just a short story. There is a surprise ending that you can see coming a mile away but since I'm guessing this was written in the 50's was somewhat imaginative then. Its an example of how writers like Dick have so fashioned the SF landscape that any thoughtful fan reading now can see the ending coming. So not great, if you aren't already a PK Dick fan don't get this start with his better short stories or with books like Eye in the Sky, Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Man in the High Tower, Zap Gun, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik, etc. Still since its free it was a nice diversion and worth it for PK Dick fans like me who want to read everything the master wrote, good and not so good.
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The Gun is another great short story from PKD. I downloaded a lot of them for my Kindle one day and occasionally read one I have not been disappointed yet. Read the description and give it a try. Can't go wrong with PKD!
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Intelligent life on a far away planet: unknown of until nuclear destruction announces its forfeited existence. Self-aware machinery protecting humanities treasures. Safe for whom? To what end?

Not the strongest of P.K. Dick's short stories, but it does voice a valid science fiction concern.
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I enjoyed the book greatly. I appreciated the authors wry sense of humor. " There are none so blind as those who will not see."
They didn't even think about automatic repairs even though they must have them themselves. Or do they? No mention of automatic repairs are mentioned. Just that they had to do the repairs by hand. Something to think about.
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I never liked reading as a child (or adult to be honest). But now that I have a kindle I'm reading voraciously. I came across all these public domain stories, mostly old classic sci-fi's that defined our parent's generation of space and explorations and curiosity. I love, love, love these short stories!
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Philip K Dick awes as always. He is one of my favorite authors and I never tire of reading his stuff. This is a short read so I advise anyone who enjoys science fiction to read!

This story is proof that you don't need lengthy, character back-stories to captivate your audience!
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This is another typical PKD story and that means a good story. It's cool out in space stuff and ends with a great twist.
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Seems all of Philip Dick's short stories are like an episode of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. All fun quick to read stories that make you smile and think...what if.....
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