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Second Variety by Philip K. Dick
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Synopsis: The Russians and the Americans are at war, but they have developed robots that do most of the fighting for them. However, these robots have evolved, on both sides, to become more and more human-like. They are now difficult to tell from real humans. The positive outcome is that they have also developed a hatred for each other and are preparing to fight each other.
Review: This 1953 Space and Science Fiction story holds no hope that the wars will end, but puts forth the idea that humans will be destroyed by the machines they invent. ( )
  DrLed | Sep 8, 2016 |
Mais uma colecção de histórias que prova a genialidade deste autor. A história Second Variety que dá nome à colecção é de uma perfeição que arrasa os limites.
Contos de robots que ultrapassaram os humanos que os criaram, ilusões criadas pela própria raça humana, caminhos de destruição seguidos pela raça humana.

Imperdível a todos os níveis ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
This was, by far, my favorite story from this author. It was gripping from beginning to end and literally had me on the edge of my seat. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
As intelligent and prophetic as most of Dick's work, this second collection of his short stories nevertheless feels like his second best, lacking the number of top notch stories that appeared in the first collection, "Beyond Lies The Wub". More than a little repetitive, and the relentlessly masculine worlds they depict, with women simply there to either be decorative, hand-wringing or supportive, grow stale pretty quickly. ( )
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This work is Volume 2 of the collected works of Philip K. Dick, which contains 27 stories, including Second Variety, and not including We Can Remember it for You Wholesale. It was published as Second Variety in the U.S. in 1987, and in later UK editions.

It should not be combined with any of these works:
1. We Can Remember it for you Wholesale. This 1990 Volume 2 differs by one short story.
2. Second Variety (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 3). This is the 1991 version of Volume 3 and has only one story in common with the work on this page.
3. Second Variety [short story]

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UK Gollancz 1857988809, 0575044608; Voyager 0586207651
US Underwood 0887330533
Germany Haffmans 9783861508090
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1990 1st Grafton edition trade paperback, fine

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In the aftermath of a devastating nuclear war between the United Nations and the Soviet Union, sophisticated robots--nicknamed "claws"--are created to destroy what remains of human life. Left to their own devices, however, the claws develop robots of their own. II-V, the second variety, remains unknown to the few humans left on Earth. Or does it?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...… (more)

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