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An omnibus volume of five of the best novels by 'the most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world' (John Brunner). Dick's tales of twisted perceptions and false realities have shaped modern SF and provided the inspiration for numerous blockbuster movies. 'For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got ther An omnibus volume of five of the best novels by 'the most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world' (John Brunner). Dick's tales of twisted perceptions and false realities have shaped modern SF and provided the inspiration for numerous blockbuster movies. 'For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first' TERRY GILLIAM In The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch mankind is offered a permanent shared illusory world when industrialist Eldritch introduces the alien drug Chew-Z. In Martian time-Slip Arnie Kott and his plumbing union control the entire water supply on Mars. But Arnie is poisoning the lives of everyone around him. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Dick's grim vision of a bounty hunter stalking renegade replicants through a devastated future was made into the film Blade Runner. Ubik crosses the boundaries of life, death and reality with the story of Glen Runciter. He is dead. Or is he? As reality warps for those he left behind nothing is certain anymore. A Scanner Darkly is, perhaps uncharacteristically for Dick, about the dangers of drug use, drawing a future plagued by an almost hallucinatory level of drug-induced violence. Philip K. Dick (1928-82), was born one of twins; his sister died in infancy. He lived most of his life in California and wrote more than fifty books in a career of prodigious productivity and achievement. The films Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and Paycheck are all based on his stories.


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An omnibus volume of five of the best novels by 'the most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world' (John Brunner). Dick's tales of twisted perceptions and false realities have shaped modern SF and provided the inspiration for numerous blockbuster movies. 'For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got ther An omnibus volume of five of the best novels by 'the most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world' (John Brunner). Dick's tales of twisted perceptions and false realities have shaped modern SF and provided the inspiration for numerous blockbuster movies. 'For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first' TERRY GILLIAM In The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch mankind is offered a permanent shared illusory world when industrialist Eldritch introduces the alien drug Chew-Z. In Martian time-Slip Arnie Kott and his plumbing union control the entire water supply on Mars. But Arnie is poisoning the lives of everyone around him. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Dick's grim vision of a bounty hunter stalking renegade replicants through a devastated future was made into the film Blade Runner. Ubik crosses the boundaries of life, death and reality with the story of Glen Runciter. He is dead. Or is he? As reality warps for those he left behind nothing is certain anymore. A Scanner Darkly is, perhaps uncharacteristically for Dick, about the dangers of drug use, drawing a future plagued by an almost hallucinatory level of drug-induced violence. Philip K. Dick (1928-82), was born one of twins; his sister died in infancy. He lived most of his life in California and wrote more than fifty books in a career of prodigious productivity and achievement. The films Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and Paycheck are all based on his stories.

30 review for Five Great Novels (The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Martian Time-Slip, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Ubik, A Scanner Darkly)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Writing over 40 novels, often at breakneck speed while on various drugs, Phillip K Dick produced a lot of so-so work and about 15 or so essential books. Five of those essential ones are here, in a handy 840 page omnibus. I'm convinced now that there are two kinds of people, the kind that loves his work and can't get enough and the kind that starts crying and goes "I don't get it! This is terrible because I do not get it!" If you're one of those people, you should probably stop after a few chapte Writing over 40 novels, often at breakneck speed while on various drugs, Phillip K Dick produced a lot of so-so work and about 15 or so essential books. Five of those essential ones are here, in a handy 840 page omnibus. I'm convinced now that there are two kinds of people, the kind that loves his work and can't get enough and the kind that starts crying and goes "I don't get it! This is terrible because I do not get it!" If you're one of those people, you should probably stop after a few chapters of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and go back to cherry picking from Oprah's Book Club. You ain't gonna get much from going much further. For the rest of you, this is a good way to get your weird fiction fix. And if someone is bothering you on the bus, you can hit them with it! It's quite a heavy book, even in paperback format. Ah, PDK. Is there anything you can't do?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Iain Turnbull

    This is a compilation of five books: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch: Off-world colonists try to forget their harsh existence through the use of hallucinogenic drugs and doll-sets. Interesting ideas, but also very confusing. *** Martian Time-Slip: A powerful union-head tries to hold on to his power by manipulating a boy who sees time differently. So many unlikeable characters, it's hard to stay with this one. ** Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: A bounty hunter attempts to find and kill a This is a compilation of five books: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch: Off-world colonists try to forget their harsh existence through the use of hallucinogenic drugs and doll-sets. Interesting ideas, but also very confusing. *** Martian Time-Slip: A powerful union-head tries to hold on to his power by manipulating a boy who sees time differently. So many unlikeable characters, it's hard to stay with this one. ** Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: A bounty hunter attempts to find and kill a group of rogue androids. A good book. **** Ubik: A group of people who can counter psychic abilities are caught in a bomb blast. They then try to work out whether they are alive, or in a state of post-death stasis called half-life. Confusing but intriguing. *** A Scanner Darkly: An undercover anti-narcotics agent starts to mentally collapse while investigating a group of his own friends. Again, confusing but strangely gripping. **** Overall, a lot of Dick's work involves altered states and drug use, which can be hard to get a handle on if you have no similar first-hand experiences. Good books, but not entirely to my taste.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Tole

    I don't read much science fiction (thank god) but thought I'd give this a bash. Consists of the 'Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch' which is well weird; 'Martian Time Slip' which is captivating and well written; 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' - yep the basis for Bladerunner but a lot lot better than Bladerunner in parts (and also worse in others); Ubik which is probably the most interesting and better developed of the five; and A Scanner Darkly which is just pathetic, decrepit and not wor I don't read much science fiction (thank god) but thought I'd give this a bash. Consists of the 'Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch' which is well weird; 'Martian Time Slip' which is captivating and well written; 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' - yep the basis for Bladerunner but a lot lot better than Bladerunner in parts (and also worse in others); Ubik which is probably the most interesting and better developed of the five; and A Scanner Darkly which is just pathetic, decrepit and not worth spending any time on and written at the height of PKD's speed-power binge writing period. Reading all five has made me understand why filmmakers and Californians in particular love PKD and see him as somehow "deep, man". He's not. In fact he's pretty shallow but the most infuriating aspect is that you can see the writer he might have become if he put an ounce of energy into the development of a half of the ideas that he spewed out onto the page in speed-fuelled ravages of writing. Its such a pity as you can see that he can write but that he can't be arsed to fully develop his ideas because the next one is already impingeing on his ephedrine buzz. A great shame and a great loss.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dejan Rancic

    A great way to get into Philip K. Dick's writing, with five stories that draw the reader progressively deeper into the writer's weirdly wonderful world, while dealing with the overarching theme of our humanity. A great way to get into Philip K. Dick's writing, with five stories that draw the reader progressively deeper into the writer's weirdly wonderful world, while dealing with the overarching theme of our humanity.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

    Buy this Just do it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike Horwath

    Another book read a while ago but still on the to-read list. I want to read everything PKD did, never boring, always entertaining and exciting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Classic Sci Fi: What more can I say? PKD invented modern science fiction in my book. And here are 5 of his best stories. Yes, the Bladerunner one is there, and so is A Scanner Darkly, which is better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I can't believe I didn't know about Philip K. Dick! These novels are right up my alley. I don't even know which I liked best, as each was so distinctive and mind-altering. I will say that I found Ubik a bit creepy to read before bed in a dark room by myself. I can't believe I didn't know about Philip K. Dick! These novels are right up my alley. I don't even know which I liked best, as each was so distinctive and mind-altering. I will say that I found Ubik a bit creepy to read before bed in a dark room by myself.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jakub Weber

    Ubik is mind-blowing. The rest is very good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle Brind'acier

    J'ai juste lu Ubik... J'ai juste lu Ubik...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paschalis

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

    I know Phil Dick has great stature in the world of science fiction and many of his stories have been made into films. However, I honestly found this book a real chore to read. Many of his stories have elements of drug use in them, which is hardly surprising given his own drug use. These elements of his stories massively detract from the more hard-boiled science fiction elements. Too often the stories seemed to ramble along aimlessly and you start to wonder where on earth it's going. The films mad I know Phil Dick has great stature in the world of science fiction and many of his stories have been made into films. However, I honestly found this book a real chore to read. Many of his stories have elements of drug use in them, which is hardly surprising given his own drug use. These elements of his stories massively detract from the more hard-boiled science fiction elements. Too often the stories seemed to ramble along aimlessly and you start to wonder where on earth it's going. The films made of his books tend to leave out all the drug-related aspects and are better for them. Ironically, the most readable was A Scanner Darkly, which was all about drugs, drug use, and the impact of drugs. The film that was made of it was probably the worst one of all the adaptations. I won't be reading this again, and I've donated my copy to charity.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Dick fanatic - nuff said.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is one of those books you have to reread once in a while. Still as good as the first time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  16. 4 out of 5

    Darrel H

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  18. 5 out of 5

    Butch Avant

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda Dunphy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Vernon

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stroben

  23. 5 out of 5

    miana

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike Mckinzie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matt Wien

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nuda

  27. 5 out of 5

    Parke

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dread Pirate

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gabigabigabi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Zane

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