Review of "Philip K. Dick, TALES COMPLETE V" by Philip K. Dick - Ed Minotauro.

This is the fifth installment of this collection of short stories by Philip K. Dick. Each and every one of them worth being read, and this is no exception.Philip K Dick, V Full Story

All short stories by Philip K. Dick have something special ... something that only this author is able to get from the first paragraphs of his stories: a promise that something big will happen and he will tell us. As an example here's the first paragraph of one of the 24 stories included in this release, the story is entitled "I hope to arrive soon”:

After takeoff, the ship routinely checked the status of the sixty people who slept in cryogenic tanks. It appeared an anomaly in the subject number nine. His electroencephalogram showed brain activity.
Shit << >>, said the ship
.”

These four lines are enough to stay hooked and want to read more. It is not surprising that the author is of the opinion that "what matters it is not what happened, but how to tell the tale". Dick is a master telling stories.

Although as Thomas M. Disch indicated in the introduction of this release, the books of Philip K. Dick are written for writers, not readers. Thomas M. Disch refers to the fact that at the end of reading the stories of this author have the feeling that there would a very good novel "long". And in fact films like Minority Report, Total Recall (I do not remember his name ... is Castilian Schwarzenegger on Mars) or Blade RunnerThey are based on short stories by Philip K. Dick. All these stories appear in the collection of 5 short stories deliveries of the latter book is part. Specifically in this fifth installment stories written between 1963 and 1980 are collected.

Some of the stories are hilarious, others leave you bemused, others are worthy psychedelic stories, so typical of this author ... and there are even some of them that surprises with its hardness. I am referring to "Las Prepersonas"A story that chronicles the lives of members of a society in which abortion is permitted up to 12 year old children. That is, parents have the option of "abort"Freely until the children reach age 12 and are no longer"pre-persons"To become people with rights. A story that makes one wonder.

At the end of the book, the same Philip K. Dick says each of the narratives and helps place them in their creative context.

The book is 100% recommended.

3 replies
  1. Federico Witt
    Federico Witt says:

    Yes it is Total Recall. To me the film seems pretty good, however the series (Total Recall 2070) Was a considerable disappointment.
    By the way, then you have already included the story Minotaur in that story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale) based? And in the volume V? It is that at least in the first edition left him out for significant anger of some fans, who named the anthology "Tales incomplete". The editor then ad they were going to be included in later editions, although in volume II and not in V. Hence those who had already bought the volume II ... But reading your review doubt I have left, just at the end they have included in the V.

  2. Montse
    Montse says:

    Federico Hello!
    Si no recuerdo mal el We Can Remember it for you Wholesale estaba publicado en el volumen número II… (no lo puedo consultar ahora porqué lo tengo prestado, si tengo tiempo, luego lo miro por internet), pero ya digo… creo que estaba en el vol II. Incluido en algún volumen te puedo garantizar que sí estaba porqué recuerdo que al leerlo pensé que tampoco se parecía tanto a la película. La idea de la película está desarrollada a partir del negocio de implantar memorias… pero el resto ya no es tan parecido. Aunque lo leí hace unos 5 años, así que mi memoria puede fallar a nivel de número de volumen.
    Look ... I now quite curious ... I will claim the volume II, to seek the story and read me the story again if I find there.
    I'll tell you.
    A hug.

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