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The World Jones Made The World Jones Made (1959)
Floyd Jones is sullen, ungainly, and likely mad. But he will soon rise from telling fortunes at a mutant carnival to influencing an entire planet. For Jones can see the future. But his real gift lies elsewhere. He can make people dream again on a world where it is outlawed. The rise of this post-nuclear messiah in a world of engineered mutants, hermaphroditic sex performers, and protoplasmic drifters from the stars is quite unsettling (to say the least).

The Zap Gun The Zap Gun (1965)

The arms race roared on. Daily, East and West produced more dreadful weaponry. And, daily, yesterday's weapons were turned into toys, souvenirs, egg beaters, furniture. They were never, never used as weapons. Which was just as well, since they wouldn't have worked. It may have seemed crazy, but it kept the 21st Century world peaceful and its population securely under the domination of the monstrous, ubiquitous security agencies. But the Sirius Slavers arrived from outer space. Whole cities began to disappear. The world lay defenseless and the race for an Ultimate Weapon was on. Its succes was in the hands of two misfit weapons fashion designers, a demented comic artist, and a highly unlikely toymaker from the wrong side of time.

Time Out Of Joint Time Out Of Joint (1959)

Ragle Gumm had it easy, living with relatives and earning just enough to get by solving newspaper puzzles. But then, a soft drink stand disappears in front of him and a slip of paper inscribed with the words SOFT DRINK STAND flutters to earth. His nephew picks up messages about him on the crystal radio. He runs across a magazine full of information he knows never existed. Like this actress, Marilyn Monroe, who is she? Ragle's world is starting to unravel.

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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928. While attending UC at Berkeley, he dropped out rather than take ROTC training. There he stayed 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.

Over the years, Philip K. Dick's novels and collections have slipped in and out of print. However, in 1991, Vintage, a division of Random House, the folk who bring us Ballantine and Del Rey titles, began an ambitious project to reprint many of his novels. While not all of them have reappeared, a fine selection have. It is their covers (for the most part) which supplement this list (© date appears in brackets).

Back in the late-80's, Underwood/Miller undertook the mammoth effort to collect and publish all of Dick's short fiction in five volumes. Later, Citadel Press published some (but not all) of these hard covers in trade paper.

The Collected Stories of Philip K Dick The Father-Thing (1987)

It contains the following stories:
A World of Talent
War Veteran
Upon the Dull Earth
The Turning Wheel
Tony and the Beetles
To Serve the Master
Strange Eden
Shell Game
Sales Pitch
Psi-Man Heal My Child
Pay for the Printer
The Last of the Masters
The Hanging Stranger
The Golden Man
Foster, You're Dead
The Father-Thing
Fair Game
The Eyes Have It
Exhibit Piece
The Crawlers
The Chromium Fence

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