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Total Recall
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz, 395 pages

Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928. While attending UC at Berkeley, he dropped out rather than take ROTC training. He went on to write some 36 novels and 5 short story collections. He won the 1962 Hugo for The Man in the High Castle and the 1974 John W. Campbell Award for Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said. He died of heart failure caused by a stroke in 1982.

ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume Two: Adjustment Team (1952-1953)
SF Site Review: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume One: The King of the Elves (1947-1952)
SF Site Review: Valis
SF Site Review: UBIK
SF Site Review: Ubik: The Screenplay
SF Site Review: Human Is?
SF Site Review: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
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SF Site Review: Beyond Lies the Wub and The Father-Thing
SF Site Review: Second Variety
SF Site Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Martian Time-Slip and A Scanner Darkly
SF Site Reading List: Philip K. Dick

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A review by David Maddox

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Total Recall Philip K. Dick is a definitive master of the short story format. His ability to create a cohesive future world and society by having his characters perform common tasks in these worlds without resorting to long explanations and expository dialogue is second to none. Total Recall is a recent collection of twenty-five of Dick's best short stories.

Released as a tie-in for the Colin Farrell film, fans of the film looking for a novelization of the movie will be sorely disappointed, but hopefully overjoyed by the gems they will find inside instead.

The book does contain "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," the short story that the original Total Recall was based on, that served as the jumping off point for the 2012 film.

"There's Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday," which eventually evolved into the hit novel The Counter-Clock World, and "Faith of Our Fathers," the story that dealt with Communism, drugs, sex, and God which Dick claims offended everybody. The highly controversial anti-abortion story "The Pre-Persons" is included and well as previously unreleased tales like the anthropomorphic "Cadbury, The Beaver Who Lacked" and the creepy "The Eye of the Sybil."

If you've ever enjoyed Bladerunner, Screamers, or A Scanner Darkly, this is definitely an anthology book to pick up. It will introduce new readers to one of the genre's best writers and, if you're already a fan, it will remind you why you are and give you a few new stories to boot.

Copyright © 2013 David Maddox

David Maddox
Science fiction enthusiast David Maddox has been Star Trek characters, the Riddler in a Batman stunt show and holds a degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University. He has written several articles for various SF sites as well as the Star Wars Insider and the Star Trek Communicator. He spends his time working on screenplays and stories while acting on stage, screen and television. He can sometimes be seen giving tours at Universal Studios Hollywood and playing Norman Bates.


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