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Second Variety by [Dick, Philip K.]
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Length: 47 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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  • File Size: 174 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJKI0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"The claws were bad enough in the first place - nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace - if it could!"

In "Second Variety," a PKD post-apocalyptic tale, the world has been destroyed in a nuclear war. Humanity has been relegated to bunkers. But that doesn't stop the fighting. The brilliant Americans have invented "claws," robots capable of roaming and killing the Russians. Of course, the claws evolve on their own and so-called varieties, the "Davids" and "Wounded Soldiers," trojan horses in human skin, conjure images congruent with Terminator and T2. Could this story have served as inspiration to James Cameron? Possibly. The prose is addictive, the world building is frightening and the protagonist, Major Hendricks, is drawn as well as could be in limited space.

The bottom line: I grew goose skin page after page of this tale and couldn't imagine reading it during the Cold War (a time when global nuclear winter was a genuine possibility).

-Raeden Zen
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Though short in length, this story is long on the horror of war. Set in an apocalyptic future, where machines are used with devastating precision to kill, mankind is all but exterminated. A few brave soldiers remain to fight on desolate soil. Machines rule the landscape. Their cunning and expertise at self evolution has made them almost invincible. They come in varieties, I, II, III... The deadliest one is the one least suspected. I recommend this story to science fiction fans. It was a horrifying view of warfare in the future, one with immediate possibilities.
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Frakking Brilliant. After a Nuclear war between the UN and The USSR, the earth is a devastated wasteland. And few write wasteland like Mr. Dick. I won't say much about this story as not to ruin it. But suffice to say that the movie based on this, Screamers, doesn't do it justice. There isn't a wasted word in this story and I highly recommend it.
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Having watched the movie "Screamers" I immediately began to recognize the storyline, and was not disappointed. Dick is a SCARY guy, and one wonders what kinds of parties he may ever have been "the life of"! Ah, but he is gone now. Thankfully his works remain, and continue to entertain millions new to them.
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Yes, that is the movie classic quote. Read this story and see how the masters set the plotlines for the great stories we know, even if it was just by inspiring the genre. This is the world behind the Terminator.
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Philip K. Dick is a giant. Sometimes it is hard to remember the bulk of his work was done 40 years ago. Much if what he wrote about has come to pass and the tech us out there to bring more of it to live. Sadly, PKD wrote of a future where human cleverness morphs into darkness. We can see much to fear. This story is no exception. Of course it is set in a backdrop of the Cold War, but he accurately foresaw a time when we would make machines to act as surrogate soldiers. How could it not be dark. Read more PKD.
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A Science Fiction short story by Phillip K. Dick, that has been made into a movie: "Screamers", staring Dr. Peter Weller. It's about a world at war, where the war machines are over-zealously doing what they were designed to do, exterminating all the humans.
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I enjoy Dick's succinct style that provides sufficient description yet focuses primarily on the plot and characters. The ending twist didn't really catch me by surprise, but many others did.

The cold war aspect of this might have become irrelevant, but the military hardware in question is as pertinent as ever.

Overall: a good quick read for the best possible price!
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