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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) was a writer of extraordinary vision and imagination whose works reflected a strong interest in metaphysics, theology, and speculative politics. In his work, the individual is often pitted against authoritarian governments or monopolistic corporations. He also drew from his own experiences of altered states, paranoia, and mystical reveries. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in the Library of America series. In addition to his dozens of published novels, he wrote over 120 short stories, many of which appeared in science fiction magazines. At least eight of his stories have been adapted for film.