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We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 2) Paperback – April 1, 2002
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In this second volume of a five book set that includes essentially all his short works, we get to read more of his earliest tales and find there is little to disappoint here. The title piece is the short story which was adapted into the movie Total Recall. I like the movie well enough, but outside the premise, there is little that is really similar to the original story, which has much more of an emphasis on the comic than on action.
In fact, the majority of these stories have a comic touch. Since these are tales of dark futures - most involve Earth's that are either environmentally wrecked or repressive dictatorships - the humor prevents things from getting too depressing.
You don't have to be a Dick fan to enjoy these stories, nor even much of a science fiction fan (though it helps); this is just a fantastic collection of short stories that are both fun and thought-provoking. What more could you want?
I would recommend people to buy this book who are interested in Dick's works, but do not have the time to immerse themselves in a full-fledged novel. These stories take approximately twenty minutes each and are all amusing. A wonderful read, but the publisher might want to proofread the writing.
This is another great volume in the collection of Philip K. Dick's early short fiction. The original intent of the series was to present the stories in the order in which they were believed to have been written instead of the order in which they were published. However, by switching stories and changing the order in this book, the stories are now no longer in either order. There are 27 stories here, so it doesn't make sense to go through them all in detail, but there are several ones of note:
The title story, as mentioned earlier, was the basis for the movie "Total Recall", and for those familiar with the movie the first part of the story matches the first part of the movie very well. Douglas Quail is unsatisfied with his life and has a desire to go to Mars, he decides to check-out Rekal and is convinced to get the memories of a trip there as a secret agent implanted. At some point the two stories diverge though, and while the movie turns into an action film, the story takes a different twist at the end.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Phillip K. Dick does not ever disappoint. I decided to reread all of his short stories. This book and the others in the series were a fast way to acquire almost ever short story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark
If you like sci-fi or even just an interesting story, then check out Phillip K. Dick.Published 5 months ago by Adam Turner
Great read and classic American author. This author and a few others including Asimov, have inspired creative minds of the future.Published 13 months ago by Francisco X.
I am a big fan of PKD. I love his short stories. How PKD plays around with reality is always quite entertaining. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joseph Scamman
I have almost everything Philip K. Dick has ever written, so I bought this collection of his earlier work too. Read morePublished 19 months ago by L.Tonesi
A nice collection of his works, if you like science fiction short stories with an outer space setting, this for you.Published 19 months ago by Suzanne C Prusnek
I was unable to get this book in New Zealand which is amazing given its inspiration behind Total Recall, Blade Runner amongst others. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Laurence Cooper
We can Remember it for You Wholesale may have been the inspiration for Total Recall, but frankly, I enjoyed the original story better, especially the plot twist at the end. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by No BS guy
The stories are fine, but I didn't enjoy reading the physical book itself. The font is weird, and the margins are all wrong. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by jdkees