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- Print Length: 377 pages
- Publisher: Superior Formatting Publishing (August 6, 2010)
- Publication Date: August 6, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003YOSCNQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
11 Science Fiction Stories Kindle Edition
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If you are not familiar with Philip Kindred Dick, he was one of Science Fictions great American authors. Fourty-four novels, 121 short stories and then there are the movies based on his books. Blade Runner and Total Recall come to mind as the two movies most people will recognize right away. There are ten movies from his works and one more due out in 2012.
I looked up the stories from this book to place them within his writing career.
Beyond Lies the Wub - 1952
Beyond the Door - 1954
The Crystal Crypt - 1954
The Defenders - 1953
The Gun - 1952
The Skull - 1952
The Eyes Have It - 1953
Second Variety - 1953
The Variable Man - 1953
Mr. Spaceship - 1953
Piper in the Woods - 1953
As Dick started writing in 1952 for magazines, most of these are from early in his career and are classic 50s Science Fiction short stories.
I would like to go into each of the stories, but that would be tragic. To be honest, I feel most of these have the typical "surprise" ending that was so common at that time and anything I write would be spoilers for the stories. But we do find some of the classic scenarios here; space travel, alien encounters, future government plots and the "not everything is as it seems" classic format. Dick weaves stories like tapestries, giving you a scenario and building strong characters that lead you into the story web he creates, trapping you in a totally unexpected ending, or a carefully conceived punch line.
We also see why his books became well-loved movies. These ideas, these concepts, which seemed so fresh and original at the time are still original and timely. Dick never bogged down in the technology; rather he concentrated on characters and content. So the stories do not seem "dated" as some older science fiction can be. There is no loss because of outdated technology.
My own personal favorites are Beyond Lies the Wub, The Eyes Have It and The Variable Man. But there wasn't a disappointing story in the group.
These are ingenious stories that I believe you will find tantalizing and fresh. I highly recommend this collection of early Philip K. Dick stories, and the price is perfect! You just can't go wrong at 99 cents.
There are no spoiler alerts necessary for this review. That being said, feel free to do a quick search for Philip K Dick on the internet, you will see the long list of movies as well as their sequels, or their remakes inspired by his writings.
Honestly, I purchased the book after just wanting to see how simply one of the short stories evolved into one of my favorite movies...and was pleasantly shocked by the fact that at a minimum, three more movies I have enjoyed were also inspired by this collection of 11 stories.
Please understand, I give credit to the writers of the blockbuster movies, they have definitely done their work and in many instances have taken us far beyond the pages within, however, they have even taken a moment to all specifically mention very prominently, Philip K Dick in their credits. Yes, they could have simply listed something small somewhere, but they have displayed him in the credits in a manner which has caused even someone who resists research efforts to actually do a little research.
It is actually pleasurable journey to start with the movie, backtrack it to the original shorter story in this novel, and see where how different aspects, or subplots were taken in to account.
Though I only own a "paper white" which was purchased mainly for reading, I have spent additional hours in front of my "Netflix" empowered laptop or large screen to "watch again" and compare and contrast the subtleties between the original Philip K DIck story and compare to the cinematic version. Again, this is not a direct to video convert...the screen writers and authors have written an immense universe and have simply noted that part of the content, or the originating single cell to help them get started or assist along the journey was Philip K.
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