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Download Second Variety and Other Stories Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: William Coon Publisher: Eloquent Voice, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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When asked by an interviewer Why is there science fiction? Phillip K. Dick responded, There is science fiction because the human brain craves sensory and intellectual stimulation before anything else, and the eccentric view provides unlimited stimulation, the eccentric view and the invented world.... The function of SF, psychologically, is to cut the reader loose from the actual world that he inhabits.... And cut us loose he does. And never disappoints.

This collection of five stories from early in his career casts a spotlight on Dick's incredible imagination. In Second Variety, robot warriors appear to have given one side the advantage in a devastating war. But a small band of soldiers begins to question just what the robots' endgame truly is. In Beyond Lies the Wub, a member of a spaceship's crew buys a Wub (a huge dirty pig!) for 50 cents, thinking it might be a good source of meat for the long journey home. Then the Wub speaks. In The Eyes Have It, a man's imagination gets the best of him, as he takes the words in a paperback novel a bit too literally. In Piper in the Woods, a doctor attempts to unravel the mystery of why workers on an asteroid base begin to behave as if they have become plants. In The Variable Man, giant computers indicate earth will likely win an interstellar war that will free it from the limits imposed by an aging Centauran empire. Plans are disrupted, however, when a man from the past arrives and throws off all calculations.

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Author Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) published thirty-six science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.