What if...a machine could murder one person while implicating another for the crime? An alien being looked like livestock but spoke like a philosopher? Earth was ruined by war, and Mars was humanity's only hope? Robots were created to wage an unending war on the ravaged surface of Earth while man hid underground? Peeking into the future showed a worse result with each look?
In The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories by master of science fiction Philip K. Dick, reality is as thin as imagination. Trust in your senses, your experience, and your expectations if you must. But be warned. What you do not know can leave you - and your world - forever changed!
"The Unreconstructed M" (1957), "Beyond Lies the Wub" (1952), "Strange Eden" (1954), "Survey Team" (1954), "The Defenders" (1953), "Beyond the Door" (1954), "Shell Game" (1954), "Piper in the Woods" (1953), "Meddler" (1954), "Of Withered Apples" (1954), "Progeny" (1954), "Upon the Dull Earth" (1954), "Human Is" (1955).
Public Domain (P)2015 Ray Greenley
"Great stories by one of the great sci-fi writers."
Yes I found the stories to be a great mix of traditional sci-fi with a good mix of horror and supernatural elements thrown in.
There were several stories I really enjoyed, but my favorite was "Beyond Lies the Wup." It presents some interesting moral questions and I love the ending.
No I have not.
Peterson for certain.
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"Mixed bag of Scifi, horror, spernatural and psych"
This book serves as a good introduction to Philip K Dick and the scope of his works. While I had read some PKD stories before, the majority of my knowledge of his work comes from his many movie adaptions.
As with many short story collections there are a mix of hits and misses.The collection ranges from the poor (such as "Strange Eden") through to the great ("The Meddler", "Progeny" and "Human Is") with many others sitting on the good to great side of the scales.
Thankfully this collection has a lot good or great stories than those that are bad.
This collection is kind of like a collection of episodes of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limited. Short, self contained stories often with creepy or strange twists. The stories also cover a lot of topics. While most a science fiction, they also cover other genres such as horror ("Beyond the Door"), psychology ("Shell Game" and "Piper in the Woods") and supernatural ("Upon the Dull Earth"). It also covers some realistic dangers of technology ("The Defenders") and allowing robots to have too much control ("Progeny").
A lot of these stories are now 60 years old, and due to this they don't have the same 'kick' as they used to. The stories have been done again or something similar has been done, diluting the impact of their twists in the tail. Despite this they are still very entertaining reads.
Overall the collection is a 4.5 / 5 with the great stories far outweighing the occasional poor ones.
Ray Greenley does a fair job as the narration, a 3.5 / 5
He does characters well - giving each one a distinctive voice so that it is clear who is talking and makes things easy to follow. There are times when the emphasis he chose for the characters doesn't seem to fit how I would have understood it. So a character sounds angry when I thought the words and context lent them more to them being confused.
Also his general narration comes across a little stiff and dry. The flow isn't quite right and it is almost a bit robotic (although different to his robotic voices, which are clearly robotic in sound).
I would listen to more stuff he has narrated, but I wouldn't say it is outstanding work either.
"Great classic Philip K. Dick stories well read."
This is a great classic Sci-Fi collection.
Never listened to any of Ray's work today but his narration is superb.
"A Yes for Philip K. Dick fans . . . . 😱"
5 is excellent.
4 is good.
This collection of stories has some truly unique plots and plot twists written well by a master story teller.
A few of the stories here are not up to this accolade and some details and descriptions are clearly dated.
A must for fans of P K Dick.
A recommended for fans of the genre.
Probably not for those not in these categories -- but, heh, see for yourself. 😱
"Great PDK short stories"
Yes. If you are a fan of short fiction of any kind this is a book that will be of interest. Philip K. Dick was a genuine legend.
Disappointment that there weren't more stories in it. It's a collection of short stories.
I hadn't heard this narrator before, but I must say that Ray didn't intrude on the stories which is a the sign of a very good narrator in my opinion.
Yes, though some would be hard to realise in TV format.
Great short fiction from the mind of a past legend. Very highly recommended.
*I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
"I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories."
It ranks pretty close to the top. I found each tale to be interesting in its own right and it reminded me of stories from the Outer Limits.
The science fiction aspect, whether it be based on pseudo-fact or pure imagination.
I really like the way Ray Greenley had a different voice for each character. I was especially impressed by his variations of Russian and Irish accents.
The bad thing about audio books is that I do not get to see the characters name in print, so they tend to escape me. I think it was Bentley, or Benson. It wasn't so much the character, but the situation itself.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Twilight Zone or Outer Limits, or just science fiction enthusiasts who enjoy audio books.
"As a retro sci-fi fan this really hit the spot"
After finally getting the chance to get in some more PKD, I am very glad I did so. I enjoyed the variety in this collection. Some stories were sad, other raised very interesting questions.There is a definite “retro” feel to these stories (which I enjoy). This is of course because many of the stories were written many decades ago.I also came away with a bit of a “twilight zone” like feeling.
The narration itself was masterfully read by Ray Greenley, with clean and pure audio quality. Ray also does a wonderful job of making each character distinct, so you can better follow the story.
I am interested in hearing more PKD stories, especially if read by Ray Greenley.
Disclaimer: I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
"An Excellent Introduction into the Worlds of PKD"
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If you have never read any PKD, this is an excellent collection to start with! It provides a variety of short stories that range from supernatural horror to science fiction.
A word of caution, most of these stories are 60-odd years old, and feel dated both in social convention and reader impact. However, for many of these stories it was the first time a particular plot twist had been used! The collection is a very taut read and extremely entertaining.
The audio production is very clean, no muddy audio or obvious edits. Ray Greenley's narration is largely unobtrusive, allowing the listener to absorb each story without undue distraction. Occasionally the cadence sounded forced and stiff. I believe this was due primarily to Mr. Greenley's adherence to clear diction more that anything else, making it very difficult to fault. His characterizations are clear and distinct, and the dialogue, by and large, flows smoothly.
I recommend this collection to any avid reader of science fiction or horror, and will give special consideration to anything, regardless of genre, Mr. Greenley narrates.
"Wubs, Martians, Bad Apples, & Fem Fatales"
Yes, If they were a fan of Old School Sci-Fi
Maybe someone like Stephen Fry, Patrick Stewart, or Simon Pegg. I think a British accent would have sounded better.
Most likely; most of the stories have an interesting twist to them, which could translate well to the big screen
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"Nice, Eccletic Mix of Philip K. Dick Stories"
I have been meaning to read some Philip K. Dick for a while, so I was very pleased to stumble across this selection of his short stories in audio format. This audiobook consists of about 13 different short stories, ranging from from topics of space-based sci-fi to "angels" and death to robot-filled Dystopian and Utopian futures. I'd recommend it if you are a Philip K. Dick fan looking for more or a neophyte looking for an introduction to Philip K. Dick.
There were 13 or so short stories each with a different set of characters, but the ones who stuck out the most were Beam, the investigator in The Unreconstucted M because he was sharp and picked up things that were out of place both in the crime scene and in the justice system when everyone else passed them by and Sylvia, the main character in Upon the Dull Earth because she was so naive and between her and she kind of ruins everything...
Not yet but I would like to. Ray has a very pleasant reading voice and maintains a good tempo as well as bringing in many different character voices. This book was especially impressive since there were different stories with no character appearing in more than one story, and he mananged to find different voices for them all. Even the robots, who sound "roboty", still had different voices in stories with more than one model of robot.
The Wub - he seems like he would provide some very interesting discussion (though I would be tempted to wear a tinfoil-lined hat...)
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