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.

Selected Stories of Philip K Dick

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544040601
Release Date: 2013-04-16
Genre: Fiction

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick contains twenty-one of Dick’s most dazzling and resonant stories, which span his entire career and show a world-class writer working at the peak of his powers. In “The Days of Perky Pat,” people spend their time playing with dolls who manage to live an idyllic life no longer available to the Earth’s real inhabitants. “Adjustment Team” looks at the fate of a man who by mistake has stepped out of his own time. In “Autofac,” one community must battle benign machines to take back control of their lives. And in “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” we follow the story of one man whose very reality may be nothing more than a nightmare. The collection also includes such classic stories as “The Minority Report,” the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” the basis for the film Total Recall. With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.

Second Variety and Other Classic Stories

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

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"

Critical Survey of Short Fiction Italo Calvino Louise Erdrich

Author: Charles Edward May
Publisher: Salem PressInc
ISBN: 0893560081
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Literary Criticism

Profiles more than four hundred authors of short fiction from around the world, presenting biographical and bibliographic information and summaries of major works. Also includes a reference volume with a chronology; a bibliography; lists of major award winners; twenty-nine essays on short-fiction history, theory, and world cultures; and three indexes.

Minority Report

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780575098282
Release Date: 2010-05-14
Genre: Fiction

Imagine a future where crimes can be detected before they are committed, and criminals are convicted and sentenced for crimes before committing them. This is the scenario of Philip K. Dick's classic story, now filmed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise. In addition to MINORITY REPORT this exclusive collection includes nine other outstanding short stories by the twentieth century's outstanding SF master, three of which have been made into feature films.

Adjustment Team

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9781443442770
Release Date: 2014-12-16
Genre: Fiction

After getting held up on his way to work, Ed Fletcher worries about the repercussions he will face when he reaches his office. Little does he know that his late arrival will give him a glimpse behind the very fabric of human existence and put him at odds with powers he cannot comprehend. 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. “Adjustment Team” was adapted into the 2011 film The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Many of Philip K. Dick’s other stories have been similarly adapted, 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 Early Science Fiction of Philip K Dick

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486497334
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Fiction

The highly prolific and influential science fiction author Philip K. Dick published 44 novels and more than 120 brief works during his lifetime. This anthology presents his finest short stories and novellas that originally appeared in pulp magazines of the early 1950s. Contents include "The Variable Man," "Second Variety," "Beyond the Door," "The Defenders," and more.

The Philip K Dick Reader

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 0806518561
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Fiction

Gathers twenty-four science fiction stories, including "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," "Second Variety," "The Golden Man," and "The Last of the Masters"

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.