THE COLLECTED STORIES OF PHILIP K. DICK VOLUME 4: THE MINORITY REPORT [1954-1963] by Philip K. Dick, Dust jacket by Bill Sienkewicz. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2013. 1st trade hardcover edition. OUT OF PRINT.
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Length: 464 pages.
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as Ubik and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us—or fail to make us—fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and “literature,” and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.
The Minority Report is the fourth installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This generous collection contains 18 stories and novellas written between 1954 and 1963, years in which Dick produced some of his most memorable work, including such novels as Martian Time Slip and the Hugo Award-winning The Man in the High Castle. Included here are “Autofac,” a post-apocalyptic tale in which humans share the devastated Earth with the machines they have created but no longer fully control; “The Mold of Yancy,” a portrait of a world reduced to bland conformity by the vapid—and ubiquitous—pronouncements of a virtual demagogue; and “The Days of Perky Pat,” another post-apocalypse story in which Earth’s survivors find temporary solace in the Perky Pat game, a game rooted in the images and memories of a world that no longer exists. Finally, the classic title story, filmed by Steven Spielberg as Minority Report, posits a future state in which the “Precrime” bureau, aided by a trio of pre-cognitive mutants, arrests and incarcerates “criminals” for crimes they have not yet committed. Like its predecessors, this extraordinary volume is a treasure house of story, offering narrative pleasures and intellectual excitement in equal measure.
Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies
Table of Contents:
◦ Service Call
◦ Captive Market
◦ The Mold of Yancy
◦ The Minority Report
◦ Recall Mechanism
◦ The Unreconstructed M
◦ Explorers We
◦ War Game
◦ If There Were No Benny Cemoli
◦ Novelty Act
◦ What the Dead Men Say
◦ Orpheus with Clay Feet
◦ The Days of Perky Pat
◦ What’ll We Do with Ragland Park?
◦ Oh, to be a Blobel!
From Publishers Weekly:
“The power of Dick’s storytelling rests in how completely his vision provokes the reader’s own disquieting sense of unease with the evanescent boundaries of reality.”
“…one of the characteristics of Dick’s writing is always its density. There are a few light, humorous takes on time travel, too, and ways it changes the future—including one in which well-known science-fiction authors are (possibly) mistakenly seen as precognitives. Certainly, there are aspects of the way Dick’s vision of the future is rooted in the ’50s and ’60s that will be jarring, but suspend that disbelief and you’ll find this collection quite worthwhile.”
Fine in fine dj.