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    • ISBN:9780575085831
    • Publication date:18 Sep 2008
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Human Is?

A Philip K. Dick Reader

By Philip K. Dick

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The very best short fiction from the man whose stories are dominating Hollywood's creative output 25 years after his death.

Drawn from the five volumes of his complete short stories (also published by Gollancz) this volume represents the very cream of Philip K. Dick's output.

It serves both as a celebration of his work, in the 25th year since his death, and as the ideal introduction to his unique take on the world for new readers.

As our culture becomes ever more fluid, as fact is fictionalised, as documentary gives way to reality-TV, as our identities are digitised, as globalism runs wild, as drugs become ever more ubiquitous the world is finally catching up with even the most bizarre of Philip K. Dick's imaginings.

25 years after his death we are living in Philip K. Dick's world, this new authoratitive collection of his best short fiction shows us why.

Biographical Notes

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.

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  • ISBN: 9780575080348
  • Publication date: 08 Mar 2007
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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