Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, BEYOND LIES THE WUB in 1952. Among his many fine novels are THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, TIME OUT OF JOINT, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? and FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID.
The outstanding novel that became the cult classic film Blade Runner. Considered to be one of the great works of science fiction, it raises important questions about religion, technology and what defines us as human beings.
Every legend has a beginning. Dreamscape Media presents a collection of thirteen early short stories penned by Philip K. Dick. Exploring themes of authoritarianism, alternate universes, and altered consciousness, the stories (including The Variable Man, Second Variety, and The Defenders) first appeared in American science fiction magazines of the 1950s and earned him the respect of such peers as Robert Heinlein and Ursula LeGuin, as well as the adulation of a voracious readership.
In The Hanging Stranger, TV salesman Ed Loyce is a practical man who, when he sees something wrong tries to correct it. Then one day he sees a lifeless body hanging in the town square. What he can't figure out is, why nobody seems to care.
In The Gun, a group of space explorers are shot down above a deserted planet. While some of the crew work on repairing the ship, the remainder set out to investigate the planet. Otherwise unpopulated, they discover the huge gun that shot them down sitting atop a trove of cultural artifacts from a bygone civilization. What harm could come of dismantling the gun and taking a few of the artifacts home with them?
The Eyes Have It is a humorous, early short story by Philip K. Dick that first appeared in Science Fiction Stories in 1953. In it, a bus-riding reader of a discarded melodrama with an overactive imagination is persuaded by the hackneyed prose that the world has been taken over by aliens. Thus, when eyes slowly roved around the room, the reader imagines disembodied eyeballs traveling of their own free will. A rare example of satire from the Dick canon.
In The Variable Man, Earth (The Terran System) is in a cold war with the older, corrupt Centaurian System, suppresses Terra from exploring space and expandig its borders. When a devastating new weapon called Icarus is developed by Terra, everyone expects the odds to tip in Terra's favor. But the computers calculating these odds find an unknown variable that throws off the odds. A time traveler from 1913, known as Thomas Cole has arrived. Can this variable man from the past rescue mankind from a catastrophic future?
In The Skull, a convict is offered his freedom if he agrees to travel back in time and kill someone. He learns that the assasination target was the founder of a religious sect that grew in strength and influence from its inception in 1960. Carrying his target's skull so he can identify the religious leader, the convict comes to learn a terrible secret about why he was chosen to find its owner.
In The Crystal Crypt, Earth and Mars are poised on the verge of war. On the last spaceship to leave Mars for Earth, law enforcement officials are looking for three fugitives who somehow made a great Martian city disappear. Unable to find the perpetrators, the officials allow the ship to disembark for Earth. A businessman named Thacher strikes up a conversation with a young woman and two men who reveal a very interesting secret to him about the mysterious case.
In The Defenders, the Soviet and American survivors of a nuclear holocaust have created vast underground tunnels, so as to continue the war on the surface via remote control robots. When a robot from the surface is found not to be radioactive, a team of American scientists returns topside to investigate this anomaly. Expecting to see massive devastation, the scientists are unprepared for the shocking truth that awaits them.
MDP Publishing has compiled a collection of stories from prolific Science Fiction icon Philip K. Dick. These stories were originally published by Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine in 1953 anad 1954. Stories include the 4 part A World of Talent, as well as The Defenders, Shell Game and Colony. Each story is published with the originally artwork from each issue of Galaxy, so you can experience these stories the same way science fiction fans from the 1950's did! Look for more editions of MDP'sGalaxy's Science Fiction series, available now at e-retailers worldwide.
Die zehn Stories der ErfolgsserieZehn Stories von dem visionaren Kopf hinter den Filmen "e;Blade Runner"e;, "e;Total Recall"e;, "e;The Man in the High Castle"e; und "e;Minority Report"e;. Lesen Sie und Ihr Denken wird neu programmiert!Von der Geschichte einer Frau, die den Verdacht hat, ihr Mann sei als ein anderer von der Weltraumreise zuruckgekehrt, bis zu der Story eines Agenten, der einer neuen Welle von illegalen, telepathie-begabten Wesen auf der Spur ist: Jede Erzahlung untersucht, was es bedeutet, in einer sich rasant verandernden Welt Mensch zu sein. Diese zehn Stories stehen hinter den 10 Episoden von "e;Electric Dreams"e;, nach "e;The Man in the High Castle"e; die zweite Erfolgsserie nach Philip K. Dick - von Sony Pictures Television und Channel Four.
The Stories Behind the SeriesThough perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than one hundred short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dicks Electric Dreams collects ten of the best. In Autofac, Dick shows us one of the earliest examples (and warnings) in science fiction of self-replicating machines. Exhibit Piece and The Commuter feature Dick exploring one of his favorite themes: the shifting nature of reality and whether it is even possible to perceive the world as it truly exists. And The Hanging Stranger provides a thrilling, dark political allegory as relevant today as it was when Dick wrote it at the height of the Cold War.Strange, funny, and powerful, the stories in this collection highlight a master at work, encapsulating his boundless imagination and deep understanding of the human condition.
Was, wenn Hitler den Krieg gewonnen hatte? Diese Frage machte Philip K. Dick zum Ausgangspunkt seines waghalsigsten und beruhmtesten Romans.Amerika 1962: Das Land ist geteilt - die Westkuste japanisch, der Osten deutsch. Nur in den Rockies gibt es eine neutrale Zone. Dort sucht die junge Judolehrerin Juliana einen mysteriosen Autor, der den Widerstand entfachen konnte. Nur er scheint zu wissen, wie man dem Albtraum der falschen Geschichte entkommt.Das Original zur US-Erfolgsserie "e;The Man in the High Castle"e;
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale And Other Stories by Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick was a very influential science fiction writer. More than a dozen of his stories or novels have been adapted for the screen including 'Blade Runner', 'Total Recall', 'Minority Report', and 'The Adjustment Bureau'. His work questioned the nature of reality and was often set against the backdrop of corporate power and greed. The editors of www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com have compiled thirteen of Philip K. Dick's stories for this collection. Included 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'; and 'Second Variety'.