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New Release: A WORLD OF TALENT AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. Dick

A WORLD OF TALENT AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. Dick

A WORLD OF TALENT AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. Dick

In a 1977 speech, Phillip K. Dick said “A novelist carries with him constantly what most women carry in large purses: much that is useless, a few absolutely essential items, and then, for good measure, a great number of things that fall in between. But the novelist does not transport them physically because his trove of possessions is mental. Now and then he adds a new and entirely useless idea; now and then he reluctantly cleans out the trash — the obviously worthless ideas — and with a few sentimental tears sheds them. Once in a great while, however, he happens by chance onto a thoroughly stunning idea new to him that he hopes will turn out to be new to everyone else.  Read more…

New Release: UPON THE DULL EARTH AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. Dick

UPON THE DULL EARTH AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. Dick

When an interviewer asked Phillip K. Dick “What is the most important quality for a writer to have?” he replied “A sense of indignation… A writer writes because it’s his response to the world. It’s a natural process, like respiration… The capacity for indignation is the most important thing for a creative person. Not the aesthetic capacity but the capacity for indignation… And especially indignation at the treatment afforded other people. To see some of the things that are going on in the world and to feel indignant…That is the basis of the writer.”

Whatever it was that stimulated his creative juices, we are the lucky beneficiaries, as demonstrated in this collection of five stories, all first published in 1954.  Read more…

New Release: More Classic Science Fiction by Philip K. Dick

SECOND VARIETY AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. Dick
SECOND VARIETY AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. Dick

When asked by an interviewer ‘Why is there Science Fiction?’ Phillip K. Dick responded ‘There is SF because the human brain craves sensory and intellectual stimulation before anything else, and the eccentric view provides unlimited stimulation, the eccentric view and the invented world… The function of SF psychologically is to cut the reader loose from the actual world that he inhabits…’  And cut us loose he does.  But never disappoints.  This collection of five stories from early in his career casts a spotlight on Dick’s incredible imagination.  Read more…