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Philip K. Dick

Short Stories
Philip K. Dick's short stories have been collected in five paperback volumes by Citadel. We will continue to flesh this section out, adding commentary to augment the back-cover blurbs.

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

Pantheon, 2002, ISBN 0375421513; Hardcover $25.95. [Browse/Purchase]

From the back of the Pantheon edition:

Philip K. Dick was a master of science fiction, but he was also a writer whose work transcended genre to examine the nature of reality and what it is to be human. A writer of great complexity and subtle humor, his work belongs on the shelf of great twentieth-century literature, next to Kafka and Vonnegut. Collected here are 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 and 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. An 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. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.

The Modern Word selected this work as a featured review in April 2003. You may read Richard Ryan's full review here.

The Minority Report

Pantheon, 2002, ISBN 0375421874; Hardcover $12.95. [Browse/Purchase]

Released in 2002 to tie-in with the Spielberg movie, this is an unusual edition of "The Minority Report" that forsakes the usual movie-poster cover for a unique layout designed by Chip Kidd. Intending to evoke the flip-up structure of a police ticket book -- or perhaps more ominously, the possible packaging for some dystopic minority report itself -- the story is broken down into sub-chapters and the pages are arranged vertically, with the spine at the top. Sleek computer-generated images illustrate the cover and pages, perhaps a little too cyberpunk for the punch-card and flying-car story within. While just as many people will undoubtedly find this edition as irritating as others find it charming, it's recommended only for the collector -- after all, at twice the price, you can get twenty-one times the number of stories in Pantheon's Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 1:The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford

Citadel, 1990, ISBN 0806511532; Paperback $14.95. [Browse/Purchase]

From the back of the Citadel edition:

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 "Beyond Lies the Wub," "The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford," "The Variable Man," and many others. Here, readers will find Dick’s initial explorations of the themes he so brilliantly brought to life in his later work.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 2: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale

Citadel, 1990, ISBN 0806512091; Paperback $14.95. [Browse/Purchase]

From the back of the Citadel edition:

This collection draws from all of 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 "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (basis for the hit movie Total Recall), "The Cookie Lady," "The World She Wanted," and many others.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 3: Second Variety

Citadel, 1991, ISBN 0806512261; Paperback $19.95. [Browse/Purchase]

From the back of the Citadel edition:

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.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 4: The Minority Report

Citadel, 1992, ISBN 0806512768; Paperback $19.95. [Browse/Purchase]

From the back of the Citadel edition:

This collection includes all of the writer's earliest short and medium-length fiction (including some unpublished stories) covering the late 1954-1964. These fascinating stories include "Service Call," "Stand By," "The Days of Perky Pat," and many others.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 5: The Eye of the Sibyl

Citadel, 1992, ISBN 0806513284; Paperback $14.95. [Browse/Purchase]

From the back of the Citadel edition:

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 "The Little Black Box," "The Eye of the Sibyl," "The Electric Ant," and many others.
Since the mid-Sixties, Dick's fiction had been drifting more into

The Philip K. Dick Reader

Citadel, 1997, ISBN 0806518561; Paperback $15.95. [Browse/Purchase]

From the back of the Citadel edition:

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.

Out-of-Print, Rare, Second-hand

Amazon.com Search -- This link will search Amazon.com for all books and materials by or about Philip K. Dick.

Powell's Search -- This link searches for rare and out-of-print books by or about Philip K. Dick via Powell's Bookstore


Go To:

Main Page -- Back to the main Philip K. Dick page, with biography and links.

Novels -- An annotated list of Philip K. Dick's novels.

Multimedia -- A list of films, music, and fictional homages inspired by Philip K. Dick and his writing.

Criticism -- A list of criticism and biography.

Bibliography -- A PKD bibliography.

--Allen B. Ruch
& Richard Behrens
10 April 2003