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Human Is?: A Philip K. Dick Reader (Gollancz S.F.)

by Philip K. Dick

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Dick's characters are horrible human caricatures (in both senses). It is not clear that it is always intentional. I cannot be more complimentary about his science either. Irony often works, though.
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+ Beyond Lies the Wub (1952)
You are what you eat.
- The Defenders (1953)
Humans turn cold war hot, but machines know better.
- Roog (1953)
Dogs.
+ Second Variety (1953)
Robot arms race exploits human weakness.
+ Impostor (1953)
Alien identity bombs.
- The Preserving Machine (1953)
Theriomorphic music adapts to survive.
- The Variable Man (1953)
Magic hands beat FTL.
+ Paycheck (1953)
Time makes one smarter.
- Adjustment Team (1954)
Dogs are in on reality mirage.
- The Father-Thing (1954)
Body snatchers.
+ Foster, You're Dead (1955)
Cruel, cold war suburbia.
+ Human Is (1955)
Cold scientist, warm alien.
+ The Mold of Yancy (1955)
Ideological marketing, on Callisto.
- If There Were No Benny Cemoli (1963)
Alien investigators trust postapocalyptic, automated newspaper.
- The Days of Perky Pat (1963)
Postapocalyptic doll play, taken way too seriously.
+ Oh, to Be a Blobel! (1964)
Shades of Gift of the Magi, without sympathy.
+ We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (1966)
Memory, an economic alternative to experience, mostly.
+ The Electric Ant (1969)
Self experiments of a von Neumann machine.
- A Little Something for Us Tempunauts (1974)
Time loop death wish.
- The Pre-Persons (1974)
Abortion ridicule. ( )
  igor.kh | May 21, 2011 |
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This early work by Philip K. Dick was originally published in 1955 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Human Is' is a short story about changing identities. Philip Kindred Dick was born on December 16 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. Dick and his family moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco when he was young, and later on to Washington DC following his parents divorce. Dick attended Elementary school and then a Quaker school before the family moved back to California. It was around this time that Dick began to take an active interest in the science fiction genre, reading his first magazine 'Stirring Science Stories', at age twelve. Dick married five times between 1959 and 1973, and had three children. He sold his first story in 1951 and from that point on he wrote full-time, selling his first novel in 1955. In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote an estimated 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote an estimated 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. After his death, many of his stories made the transition to the big screen, with blockbuster films such as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report being based on his works.… (more)

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