Second Variety

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781473206670
Release Date: 2014-08-28
Genre: Fiction

The stories within SECOND VARIETY were written between 1952 and 1955, while America was in the grip of McCarthyism. The concerns of the time are reflected in stories such as Second Variety, which tells of an endless war fought by ever more cunning and sophisticated robots, or Imposter where a man accused of being an alien spy finds his whole identity called into question. Using his marvellously varied, quirky and idiosyncratic style, Dick speaks up for ordinary people against militarism, paranoia and xenophobia.

Future Imperfect

Author: Jason P. Vest
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803218605
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Literary Criticism

Examines the first eight cinematic adaptations of Dick's fiction in light of their literary sources.

The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K Dick

Author: Jason P. Vest
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810866978
Release Date: 2009-02-17
Genre: Literary Criticism

From his 1952 short story 'Roog' to the novels The Divine Invasion and VALIS, few authors have had as great of an impact in the latter half of the 20th century as Philip K. Dick. In The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick, Jason Vest explores the work of this prolific, subversive, and mordantly funny science-fiction writer. He examines how Dick adapted the conventions of science fiction and postmodernism to reflect humanist concerns about the difficulties of maintaining identity, agency, and autonomy in the latter half of the 20th century. In addition to an extensive analysis of the novel Now Wait for Last Year, Vest makes intellectually provocative comparisons between Dick and the works of Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Italo Calvino. He offers a detailed examination of Dick's literary relationship to all three authors, illuminating similarities between Dick and Kafka that have not previously been discussed, as well as similarities between Dick and Borges that scholars frequently note but fail to explore in detail. Like Kafka, Borges, and Calvino, Dick employs fantastic, unreal, and visionary fiction to reflect the disruptions, dislocations, and depressing realities of twentieth-century life. By comparing him to these other writers, Vest demonstrates that Dick's fiction is a fascinating barometer of postmodern American life even as it participates in an international tradition of visionary literature.

Philip K Dick

Author: Christopher Palmer
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 0853236186
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Literary Criticism

Once solely the possession of fans and buffs, the SF author Philip K Dick is now finding a much wider audience, as the success of the films Blade Runner and Minority Report shows. The kind of world he predicted in his funny and frightening novels and stories is coming closer to most of us: shifting realities, unstable relations, uncertain moralities. Philip K. Dick: Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern examines a wide range of Dick's work, including his short stories and posthumously published realist novels. Christopher Palmer analyzes the puzzling and dazzling effects of Dick's fiction, and argues that at its heart is a clash between exhilarating possibilities of transformation, and a frightening lack of ethical certainties. Dick's work is seen as the inscription of his own historical predicament, the clash between humanism and postmodernism being played out in the complex forms of the fiction. The problem is never resolved, but Dick's ways of imagining it become steadily more ingenious and challenging.

Second Variety and Other Classic Stories

Author: Phillip K. Dick
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 080653799X
Release Date: 2017-04-25

Includes The Golden Man, the basis for the motion picture "Next" The collected stories of Philip K. Dick are awe inspiring. "The Washington Post" Many thousands of readers worldwide consider Philip K. Dick to have been the greatest science fiction writer on "any" planet. Since his untimely death in 1982, interest in Dick s work has continued to mount and his reputation has been enhanced by a growing body of critical attention. The Philip K. Dick Award is now presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction, and the Philip K. Dick Society is devoted to the study and promulgation of his works. This collection draws from the writer s earliest short and medium-length fiction (including several previously unpublished stories) during the years 1952-1955, and features such fascinating works as "Second Variety, " "Foster, You re Dead, The Father-Thing," and many others. Here, readers will find Dick s initial explorations of the themes he so brilliantly brought to life in his later work. Dick won the prestigious Hugo Award for best novel of 1963 for "The Man in the High Castle" and in the last year of his life, the now-classic film "Blade Runner" was made from his novel "Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep?" More recently, Dick s short story"The Minority Report"inspired a Steven Spielberg movie as well as a TV series. The classic stories of Philip K. Dick offer an intriguing glimpse into the early imagination of one of science fiction s most enduring and respected names. A useful acquisition for any serious SF library or collection. "Kirkus Reviews" More than anyone else in the field, Mr. Dick really puts you inside people s minds. "Wall Street Journal" With an Introduction by John Brunner"

Human Is

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780575085831
Release Date: 2008-09-18
Genre: Fiction

Drawn from the five volumes of his complete short stories (also published by Gollancz) this volume represents the very cream of Philip K. Dick's output. It serves both as a celebration of his work, in the 25th year since his death, and as the ideal introduction to his unique take on the world for new readers. As our culture becomes ever more fluid, as fact is fictionalised, as documentary gives way to reality-TV, as our identities are digitised, as globalism runs wild, as drugs become ever more ubiquitous the world is finally catching up with even the most bizarre of Philip K. Dick's imaginings. 25 years after his death we are living in Philip K. Dick's world, this new authoratitive collection of his best short fiction shows us why.

Selected Stories of Philip K Dick

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544040540
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Fiction

Features twenty-one stories from the well-known science fiction writer, including "Beyond Lies the Wub," " The Days of Perky Pat," and "The Electric Ant."

The Crawlers

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9781443442794
Release Date: 2014-12-16
Genre: Fiction

When bizarre creatures begin plaguing a small farming town, a man from the nearby radioactive science laboratory is sent to investigate and deal with the problem. Philip K. Dick was an American science-fiction novelist, short-story writer and essayist. His first short story, “Beyond Lies the Wub,” was published shortly after his high school graduation. Some of his most famous short stories were adapted for film, including “The Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” “Second Variety” (adapted into the film Screamers) and “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” (adapted into the film Total Recall). HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library.

The Philip K Dick Reader

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 0806537949
Release Date: 2016-01-26
Genre: Fiction

Many thousands of readers consider Philip K. Dick the greatest science fiction mind on any planet. Since his untimely death in 1982, interest in Dick's works has continued to mount, and his reputation has been further enhanced by a growing body of critical attention. The Philip K. Dick Award is now given annually to a distinguished work of science fiction, and the Philip K. Dick Society is devoted to the study and promulgation of his works. Dick won the prestigious Hugo Award for the best novel of 1963 for The Man in the High Castle. In the last year of his life, the film Blade Runner was made from his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This collection includes some of Dick's earliest short and medium-length fiction, including We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (the story that inspired the motion picture Total Recall), Second Variety (which inspired the motion picture Screamers), Paycheck, The Minority Report, and twenty more.

The Early Science Fiction of Philip K Dick

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486316192
Release Date: 2013-07-17
Genre: Fiction

This anthology presents short stories and novellas that originally appeared in pulp magazines of the early 1950s, including "The Variable Man," "Second Variety," "Beyond the Door," "The Defenders," and more.

Second Variety and Other Stories

Author: Philip K. Dick
ISBN: 1434103048
Release Date: 2010-11
Genre: Fiction

"The claws were bad enough in the first place--nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace--if it could " Philip K. Dick said of his story "Second Variety" "My grand theme--who is human and who only appears as human?--emerges most fully. Unless we can individually and collectively be certain of the answer to this question, we face what is, in my view, the most serious problem possible. Without answering it adequately, we cannot even be certain of our own selves." Reviewing the story, critic Zack Handlen wrote, "'Second Variety' is grim, violent, and suspenseful. . . . While most of the twists are easy to spot once you discover the main plot--basically 'Are you or aren't you a machine'-- they still have an impact, and Dick makes his point quite clearly." Besides the title story, this collection also includes nine more classic Philip K. Dick tales: "Piper in the Woods," "Beyond the Door," "The Crystal Crypt," "The Defenders," "The Gun," "The Skull," "The Eyes Have It," "Mr. Spaceship," and the novella "The Variable Man"--260 pages of mind-bending prose from the master of weird science fiction.