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Subject: The Best Philip K Dick story.
Date Posted: 2/28/2008 2:16 PM ET
Member Since: 11/8/2006
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Thinking of reading PKD again after many years.  What do you think are his best? 

I had read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and some others.  I own none of them any longer, and can't remember many of the details, so I thought to try him fresh.

Thoughts?

Here is the Wiki site.  Official site with list of his books.



Last Edited on: 2/28/08 2:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/4/2008 12:32 PM ET
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This story got rolled into 3 Stigmata, but "The Days of Perky Pat" made the greatest impression on me. Dick had a way of writing of human situations in a science fictional context. 

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Date Posted: 4/23/2008 8:52 AM ET
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A Scanner Darkly still holds up.  I also read Martian Time Slip recently (in the past year or so, at least) and enjoyed it.  What else?  Time Out of Joint was very readable.

Sometimes I find older sci-fi loses its edge over the years, but Dick's writing always seems very fresh to me. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 9:35 AM ET
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I really think Dick's focus on the human is what makes him relevant years later. A Scanner Darkly is basically about people and drugs, and that can't get old. Hm...so was "Three Stigmata", come to think of it.

I read Fahrenheit 451 for the first time recently, and was stunned at how relevant this book was even today, as Montag's wife begins to get "lost" in her interactive entertainment and cut off from the natural world.