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The Philip K Dick Anthology

The Philip K Dick Anthology

Author: Philip K. Dick
Rating: 4/5
Last Read: December 2014
Who Should Read: Sci-fi fans, short story fans

The Philip K. Dick Anthology is a collection of thirteen short stories by the famed sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. Many of his stories have been turned into movies such as Total Recall, Minority Report, and Blade Runner.

This collection contains a different list of stories than those in the Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick. The thirteen included stories are:

  • "The Eyes Have It"
  • "Beyond the Door"
  • "Beyond Lies the Wub"
  • "Mr. Spaceship"
  • "The Skull"
  • "The Crystal Crypt"
  • "The Defenders"
  • "The Hanging Stranger"
  • "The Gun"
  • "Tony and the Beetles"
  • "The Variable Man"
  • "Piper in the Woods"
  • "Second Variety"

My Highlights

Apparently in my first pass through I was only struck by a single passage, but it is a beautiful one:

find in your Odysseus a figure common to the mythology of most self-conscious races. As I interpret it, Odysseus wanders as an individual, aware of himself as such. This is the idea of separation, of separation from family and country. The process of individuation."
"But Odysseus returns to his home." Peterson looked out the port window, at the stars, endless stars, burning intently in the empty universe. "Finally he goes home."
"As must all creatures. The moment of separation is a temporary period, a brief journey of the soul. It begins, it ends. The wanderer returns to land and race...."

Silencing the Noise

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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