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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12 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: March 2011 ISBN:
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In a 1978 interview, Phillip K. Dick said I've always had this funny feeling about reality. It just seems very feeble to me sometimes. It doesn't seem to have the substantiality that it's suppose to have.

Fortunately for us, Dick translated his feelings about reality into some of the greatest science fiction writing of all time. This collection features five stories from early in his career, when he found his voice as a writer.

In The Gun, a planet lies dead, destroyed by a devastating war. Only a powerful weapon remains as protection, but what's left to protect?

In Beyond the Door, a man buys 'a cuckoo clock for his wife - without knowing the price he would have to pay.

In The Crystal Crypt, three earthlings attempt to gain advantage over the entire population of Mars, in order to advance Earth's commercial interests.

In The Skull, an imprisoned hunter is offered redemption, if he will agree to embark on the most unusual hunt of several lifetimes. Finally, in The Defenders, a population of robots fights an Armageddon-like war, while humans live underground, feeding the war machine. But what does winning really mean? These five stories allow us an early glimpse into the mind of the Hugo Award winning author.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Logan | 12/12/2012

    " It was OK. OK books get three stars. Pretty typical PK Dick. Nothing outstanding at all. The first story had a lot of potential, but the ending blew it for me. The last story kind of seemed like a Twilight Zone b-side. All in all, it was just OK. Besides, it's only four stories and 65 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/3/2011

    " I love Phillip K. Dick's short stories much more than his novels or novellas (with some exceptions, of course). This collection has many of his good stories, but does omit some of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 6/19/2009

    " Decent overview of representative short science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick read in San Francisco while visiting Michael Miley. "

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About the Author
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.