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"The Philip K. Dick Anthology: 18 Classic Science Fiction Stories" contains a fantastic selection from the legendary master of the genre. The stories in this anthology excellently illustrate the Genius of Philip K. Dick's irrepressible imagination, and the intelligent prescience of his writing. As suggested by the title, there are 18 separate stories, as well as numerous i "The Philip K. Dick Anthology: 18 Classic Science Fiction Stories" contains a fantastic selection from the legendary master of the genre. The stories in this anthology excellently illustrate the Genius of Philip K. Dick's irrepressible imagination, and the intelligent prescience of his writing. As suggested by the title, there are 18 separate stories, as well as numerous illustrations in this Anthology - the stories are listed below. 1. Beyond Lies the Wub 2. The Gun 3. The Skull 4. The Defenders 5. The Eyes Have it 6. The Hanging Stranger 7. Mr Spaceship 8. Piper in The Woods 9. Second Variety 10. The Variable Man 11. Tony and the Beetles 12. Adjustment Bureau 13. Beyond the Door 14. Exhibit Piece 15. The Crystal Crypt 16. Strange Eden 17. Upon the Dull Earth 18. Of Withered Apples


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"The Philip K. Dick Anthology: 18 Classic Science Fiction Stories" contains a fantastic selection from the legendary master of the genre. The stories in this anthology excellently illustrate the Genius of Philip K. Dick's irrepressible imagination, and the intelligent prescience of his writing. As suggested by the title, there are 18 separate stories, as well as numerous i "The Philip K. Dick Anthology: 18 Classic Science Fiction Stories" contains a fantastic selection from the legendary master of the genre. The stories in this anthology excellently illustrate the Genius of Philip K. Dick's irrepressible imagination, and the intelligent prescience of his writing. As suggested by the title, there are 18 separate stories, as well as numerous illustrations in this Anthology - the stories are listed below. 1. Beyond Lies the Wub 2. The Gun 3. The Skull 4. The Defenders 5. The Eyes Have it 6. The Hanging Stranger 7. Mr Spaceship 8. Piper in The Woods 9. Second Variety 10. The Variable Man 11. Tony and the Beetles 12. Adjustment Bureau 13. Beyond the Door 14. Exhibit Piece 15. The Crystal Crypt 16. Strange Eden 17. Upon the Dull Earth 18. Of Withered Apples

30 review for The Philip K. Dick Anthology: 18 Classic Science Fiction Stories (Bybliotech Fiction)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I read the Kindle version of this superb collection by Bybliotech. As one who has read about a dozen of Philip K. Dick's full length novels, but none of his short stories, I was amazed by the range of inventiveness displayed in this anthology, which ranged from Space fiction to horror. At one point in "The Defenders," in which all life above ground is destroyed by nuclear weapons, a robot says: We found that human cultures pass through phases, each culture in its own time. As the culture ages an I read the Kindle version of this superb collection by Bybliotech. As one who has read about a dozen of Philip K. Dick's full length novels, but none of his short stories, I was amazed by the range of inventiveness displayed in this anthology, which ranged from Space fiction to horror. At one point in "The Defenders," in which all life above ground is destroyed by nuclear weapons, a robot says: We found that human cultures pass through phases, each culture in its own time. As the culture ages and begins o lose its objectives, conflict arises within it between those who wish to cast it off and set up a new culture-pattern, and those who wish to retain the old with as little change as possible. And this is from a story published in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine in January 1953! One characteristic of just about all of the stories in The Philip K. Dick Anthology: 18 Classic Science Fiction Stories(except perhaps "The Variable Man") is that we are on the losing side. You just can't win in the Philip K. Dick Universe. The Terrans are going to lose to Proxima Centauri. The Wub is not all that helpless. The Gun will continue to bring down ships that land on their planet. An assassin goes back in time to discover that he himself is the victim. Again and again, Dick prevents any optimism: Rather, his paranoia always seems to win out. Paranoia, perhaps, but also an incredible vitality. The last two stories, "Upon the Dull Earth" and "Of Withered Apples," belong in horror anthologies alongside the stories of Poe, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, Lovecraft, and Machen. "Tony and the Beetles" seems to be a story written for children, but it's about the momentum beginning to change in a long war between Earth and a buglike extraterrestrial enemy. (At the same time, it could just as well be about racism in America.) "Second Variety" is about another endless planetary war involving robots who, starting as weapons, become a force on their own -- and about the danger of not being paranoid enough.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Sometimes, you need some Dick. Beyond Lies the Wub: A millitary crew picks up supplies for a trip from Mars to Earth and one of them buys a Wub for fifty cents. The Wub is an intelligent hog and objects to being eaten. This one was a little twisted and seemed to be about morality. The Twilight Zone ending was a nice touch. The Gun: The Skull: The Defenders: The Eyes Have it: The Hanging Stranger: Mr Spaceship: Piper in The Woods: Second Variety: The Variable Man: Tony and the Beetles: Adjustment B Sometimes, you need some Dick. Beyond Lies the Wub: A millitary crew picks up supplies for a trip from Mars to Earth and one of them buys a Wub for fifty cents. The Wub is an intelligent hog and objects to being eaten. This one was a little twisted and seemed to be about morality. The Twilight Zone ending was a nice touch. The Gun: The Skull: The Defenders: The Eyes Have it: The Hanging Stranger: Mr Spaceship: Piper in The Woods: Second Variety: The Variable Man: Tony and the Beetles: Adjustment Bureau: Beyond the Door: Exhibit Piece: The Crystal Crypt: Strange Eden: Upon the Dull Earth: Of Withered Apples:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    Lots of good, and some great, stories in this collection! It is kind of like a sci-fi version of the Twilight Zone! You've got people going back in time, people going forward in time, robots fighting wars, robots trying to make peace, a man hunting himself, people becoming trees, plants, or cats, and a world full of Silvias! But my favorite of the bunch may be "The Eyes Have It", which is pretty darn funny and almost out of place in this group! I enjoyed 17 of the 18 (sorry "Upon the Dull Earth" Lots of good, and some great, stories in this collection! It is kind of like a sci-fi version of the Twilight Zone! You've got people going back in time, people going forward in time, robots fighting wars, robots trying to make peace, a man hunting himself, people becoming trees, plants, or cats, and a world full of Silvias! But my favorite of the bunch may be "The Eyes Have It", which is pretty darn funny and almost out of place in this group! I enjoyed 17 of the 18 (sorry "Upon the Dull Earth") and highly recommend reading this anthology!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Thought-provoking Philip K. Dick must have had one hell of an imagination, because these short stories are incredibly unorthodox. As a first time reader of his works, my recommendation is to give yourself a few paragraphs (or even pages) to figure out what's going on. But it's well worth the effort, trust me. A lot of these concepts will stay with you long after you've put the book down! Thought-provoking Philip K. Dick must have had one hell of an imagination, because these short stories are incredibly unorthodox. As a first time reader of his works, my recommendation is to give yourself a few paragraphs (or even pages) to figure out what's going on. But it's well worth the effort, trust me. A lot of these concepts will stay with you long after you've put the book down!

  5. 4 out of 5

    MIKE MATTIE

    Great collection of science fiction short stories Engaging short stories with philosophy born in science fiction. Characters are life like and have inventive plots. Could easily reread.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alan Thompson

    Always fun to read some Dick. Always fun to read some Dick. I had read only his longer stuff, but this collection of shorts are great and I like to think it's how many came to know his work as published in sci-fi rags other serials. Always fun to read some Dick. Always fun to read some Dick. I had read only his longer stuff, but this collection of shorts are great and I like to think it's how many came to know his work as published in sci-fi rags other serials.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Phil Trautman

    Short review - Not as good as I had hoped. Some of the stories were pretty good, others seemed to be unfinished or not that great to begin with. Still glad I read it. I would imagine if you are a Dick enthusiast (haha), this is a must read, but I have found other works by him more enjoyable...

  8. 5 out of 5

    sharon hertz

    Great sci fi As long as you don't mind the outdated cultural references from when these stories were written, the stories are great. Great sci fi As long as you don't mind the outdated cultural references from when these stories were written, the stories are great.

  9. 5 out of 5

    K. Counihan

    Nice Short Story Collection A few duds but otherwise a solid collection. For short stories these are quite clever. Some have to be around 50 years old.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Petr Sedlacek

    A captivating read, some very interesting ideas there. The downside for me is that too many novels - vast majority in fact - are about war. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Olea

    Masterful

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Losasso

    Philip K. Dick was a genius, there are no 2 ways about it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ralf Grisard

    Mixed bag A few good stories, a few so-so stories, a few awful stories. That's all I have to say, but I had to lengthen my review to get it posted. Mixed bag A few good stories, a few so-so stories, a few awful stories. That's all I have to say, but I had to lengthen my review to get it posted.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ari

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andruffwoody

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris Brush

  18. 4 out of 5

    RACHEL E PEACOCK

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Mcintyre

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erik Simonsen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Ritch

  23. 4 out of 5

    Burbly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Kern

  25. 4 out of 5

    Casey Jones

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fri

  27. 4 out of 5

    Agnieszka Staszewska

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Davies

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kalyn

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