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Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s Hardcover – May 10, 2007
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About the Author
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) wrote more than 100 short stories and dozens of novels, including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was the basis of the classic film Blade Runner. Dick won the Hugo Award in 1963 for his novel The Man in The High Castle. The Philip K. Dick Award is given annually to a distinguished work of science fiction.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.
Top Customer Reviews
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE does not take place in the future, as conventional sci-fi does. It is set in the time and place Dick wrote it -- San Francisco in the early 1960s. It is the past that has changed. FDR was assassinated in 1936; his successor, President John N. Garner, remained too isolationlist to re-arm America in the face of growing Nazi and Japanese threats. As a result, the USA lost World War Two, the eastern and midwestern parts of America going to the Nazis; California and the Pacific Northwest to the Japanese. In between lies a Rocky Mountain redoubt called the "CSA," chief city Denver, which is where the novel's multiple, shocking climaxes take place.
HIGH CASTLE has compelling plotworks along two story lines, but what the initial reader will notice is how the Japanese influence postwar San Francisco and how, eventually, they stop being the dictators as much as gentle giants atop of the government and business elite. The story with the Germans in the East is far more gruesome, and fortunately for us is related by one character, a Jew "in the closet," because the Japanese-held CSA would probably have extradited him to the Nazi East Coast for, apparently, what we all fear from Nazis.Read more ›
For one thing, the book is small. It looks like it is a 300 page book (and a book-club edition at that). This is because the paper used in this edition is about as thin as is legally possible. I'm afraid to breathe on the pages for fear they will tear.
The typeset is also quite small, though it is readable. The book is set in a 10-point font. To be honest the size of the text doesn't bother me very much; I have many other books with much smaller text than this.
The ribbon which is supposed to serve as a bookmark is dangerously close to useless. It's extremely thin and flimsy. This, along with the toilet-paper-thin pages, makes it almost impossible to use the ribbon without tearing the pages or otherwise damaging the book.
The slipcase is cardboard. I'm sure it would be very easy to accidentally ruin it.
Now, for all this, I'm still glad I bought this book, because to buy the four novels contained in this volume separately would have been much harder and costlier. I just thought people might want to know what they are buying before they receive it. If the pages were just a little bit thicker I probably wouldn't even have written this, but it really irks me to have to be so cautious with the book. I like to carry my books on walks, read them outside or while I'm walking my dog, and carry them with me wherever I go. To do so with this book would be asking for trouble.
Despite my complaints, the book is still worth getting, as long as you get a good deal on it. You can't really go wrong buying anything that contains both The Man In The High Castle and Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are into Philip K Dick this collect will span some of his diverse writings.
Several of the stories in the collection have been made into movies (do android dream of... Read more
This volume contains the heavy-hitters like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Ubik. Like all Library of America books, the proportions and build quality are impeccable. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Chauncey
Whoa, I had forgotten all the twists and turns having read these stories waaay back when. What a writer.Published 2 months ago by NGato
Part of the Library of America overview of some of Phillip K's longer works- usually his short stories hold up better than his full length novels because the number of ideas that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by thirdtwin
PKD is one of the classic sci-fi writers, who like Asimov is even more valuable as social commentary than as a futurist. Read morePublished 4 months ago by George A. Heidenrich