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Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM By Philip K. Dick Thomas M. Disch

Since his untimely death in 1982, interest in Philip K Dick s works has continued to grow, and his reputation has been enhanced by an expanding body of critical appreciation This fifth and final volume of Dick s collected works includes 25 short stories, some previously unpublished.
  • Title: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick 5: The Eye of The Sibyl
  • Author: Philip K. Dick Thomas M. Disch
  • ISBN: 9780806513287
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback


Susan Budd Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
I’ve been reading Dick’s novels in chronological order and I’m almost finished with the 1950s. But I needed a break from novels so I switched over to the short story collections which I’m reading in reverse chronological order. Somehow this makes perfect sense to me. So far I’ve just read the first story: “The Little Black Box.”I’m especially interested in Dick’s religious themes, so a story that quotes the Bhagavad Gita and references Basho is sure to get my attention.Telepath [...]
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Estelle Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
A must read for fans of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'
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Dana Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
Just as expected, the best were saved for the end.At the end of this anthology, his work becomes more philosophical, more inner oriented. And also grim. (good thing they ended with a comical short).All five volumes are absolutely worth reading, and this one moreso.A full five star.
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John Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
As part of a research project, I read just two of the stories in this book; my three-star rating is thus not an attempt to judge its merit but just an attempt to give a neutral rating. (It's a pity GR doesn't offer the option of simply not rating a book.)"Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday" (Amazing, August 1966) was the short story upon which Dick based his novel Counter-Clock World, which I (re)read recently. The same ingredients are there -- such as the Hobart Phase (which makes time run back [...]
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Jack Stovold Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
My Philip K. Dick ProjectEntry #32 = The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick: Vol. 5 - The Eye of the Sibyl (1964 - 1981) Well, here I am, skipping ahead in the chronology of Dick's writing again, this time all the way to the end of his life, and his very last story, “The Alien Mind”. This collection chronicles nearly 20 years of Dick's short stories, from 1964 to 1981, by far the longest span of time covered in any of the five collections.It's a great collection, showcasing Dick's evolution [...]
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Mike Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
The quality of the stories in The Eye of the Sibyl, the fifth and final Philp K. Dick collection, is wildly variable. It includes some of his very best short stories, and some of his very worst. Most of these stories were written after Dick had shifted his focus to novels. Dick expanded several of them into later novels. A few others can be described as supplements to later novels. For example, “The Little Black Box” has the same setting as Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep?, but does no [...]
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Wade Duvall Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
This is the final book in the 5 part anthology of the 'complete' short stories of Philip K Dick. It's always difficult to rate books of short stories because there's almost always some stories you like more, and some stories you like less. Overall great collection with a few stories I didn't care for.The greatest hits from this anthology include The Little Black Box (featuring Mercer of Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep fame), Holy Quarrel, Not By Its Cover, Faith of Our Fathers, The Electric [...]
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Andy Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
Overall, a solid collection of stories from '63 to '81. Suffers from the to-be-expected wild variations in the quality of Dick's prose, redeemed by a high percentage of fantastically engaging and thought-provoking ideas. Themes of self-doubt, the nature of reality, the struggle of the weak individual against the crushing inhumanity of the System, all very Dickian and wonderful. Some real gems in here: "The Electric Ant," "Cadbury, the Beaver Who Lacked," "A Terran Odyssey," "Faith of Our Fathers [...]
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J. Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
I think this is the weakest of the volumes. The things I like about Dick--the sense of paranoia, the philosophical questions, the religious weirdness--are all here, but the ideas seem much weaker. As in, those things are still present, but there's regularly an interesting "hook" into the story to make it interesting. There are a few good ones here, but none that I would consider classic, or that I would particularly recommend. And there are, unfortunately, some bad ones.
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kaelan Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
These are some deep cuts. At least one is pretty awful; most bear a major flaw or two; and several achieve legitimate brilliance.
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Fernando Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
Una suerte de escritor beatnik del sci-fi, nunca se podría decir que los escritos de Philip K. Dick pasan desapercibidos. Como esta colección de historias bien lo demuestra, a la inventiva característica de las historias de ciencia ficción o fantasía, PKD suele darle una vuelta de tuerca adicional, a menudo alucinógena y hasta lisérgica, que nos lleva a nosotros, meros lectores, por recovecos de la mente que apenas sabíamos si existían. Si leer a Asimov es como jugar a un partido de aje [...]
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Martin Hernandez Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
El mejor tomo de la colección, y me parece que en éste, los cuentos son un poco más largos, lo que me parecería lógico ya que este volumen recoge los cuentos escritos en la etapa más creativa de su carrera, a partir de finales de los 60's. El primer cuento de esta colección contiene los antecedentes de "¿Sueñan los androides con ovejas electrónicas?", que con el tiempo inspiraría el film "Bladerunner". Por cierto, me parece que DICK es el autor de ciencia ficción más llevado al cine [...]
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Antonio Pizzo Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
La qualità delle storie incluse nella raccolta non è costante (per dire, "The Pre-Persons" mi pare una tirata antiaborto abbastanza forzata, e la "autobiografica" "The Eye of the Sibyl" non mi ha detto nulla), ma complessivamente qui dentro ci sono un po' tutte le sfumature di Dick, dall'ironia che sconfina nel nonsense ("The War With The Fnools") a storie decisamente più angoscianti ("Faith of our Fathers", una delle mie preferite) o deprimenti ("Chains of Air, Web of Aether", che mi ha fatt [...]
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-kevin- Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
It took me many years to read all 5 volumes, but well worth it. He is a fabulous mind bender, mind expander. Incredible stuff. Why not 5 stars? Well, with a lot of science fiction there is a bit of desperate hope in the face of all that's out there You won't find this a cheery read or something that brightens your day, but you will look at all of your problems as trivial. Your problems will be solvable because you are thinking in a new way.The short story form is awesome and I consistently feel [...]
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Ian Carmichael Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
Excellent science fiction writer. Stories that grab your attention, engage your mind and heart, and give a fresh perspective/edge to life. All coupled with a superb observation about the difference between short stories and novels"The advantage of the story over the novel is that in the story you catch the protagonist at the climax of his life, but in the novel you’ve got to follow him from the day he was born to the day he dies (or nearly so). Open any novel at random and usually what is happ [...]
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Karl Kindt Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
Last week I finished my reading of all PKD sf novels. Today, I've finished all his short stories. This collection has "Return Match" in it, which is either the first or second thing I ever read by PKD, back around 1980, when he was still alive. It also contains one of the stories I taught for a decade in my Science Fiction and Satire class ("Frozen Journey" it was called when published). This collection has some of his best ss, but I still believe he was a very unsteady ss writer. He was better [...]
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Tim Giauque Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
I read a lot of short stories, and I have a couple books' worth of them on my "to-read" shelves. I like the way you can get into a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end, in a single sitting - this is particularly convenient with a little kid around - and this is the third or fourth book of PKD short stories I've read. As with other short story collections, some of the individual stories are better than others, but even the lesser ones are over quickly and you can try again.Many of Dick's [...]
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Erin Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
I do love the PKD, and this did not disappoint on the whole. My only complaint is that this volume (5 out of a total of 5 volumes of his short stories, I believe) kind of showcases Dick's misogyny, especially towards the end of the volume (stories are arranged chronologically). From how the themes of the stories progress, I assume (and I really don't know anything about Dick's life, so I am probably totally wrong here) that maybe something traumatic happened vis-a-vis women in his later life - f [...]
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Nathan Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
Most of these stories are excellent. Around 1970, however, it seems PKD's latent but palpable misogyny exploded forth in several stories, most notably "The Pre-Persons", which is offensive not because it is a barely- disguised polemic against abortion, but because it treats women as stultifying figures who suck all the joy out if life. The same is true of "Chains of Air, Web of Aether", where one of the only round female characters in his entire output is described as "thanatous" (literally deat [...]
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Rick Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
All of the stories were fascinating. Some were most definitely better than others. Some I had no idea what the point was, but they were still interesting and others were almost prophetic. I especially like the "Pre-Persons" story since the argument made in this story is the same argument that is still being used today to justify the selfishness of our society set by an arbitrary law blessed by the government. At times I felt like I was in the Matrix and at other times in Wonderland. There were 2 [...]
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Jeff Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
America’s master of surreal science fiction doesn’t disappoint in this collection of short stories. By warping the fabric of reality with his prose, Phillip K. Dick explores what it means to be human. There is not much I can write in a short review that will do the breadth of these works justice. In truth, there is not much I can do in a short review to encompass his writings at all. Like Borges, they must be experienced to be understood. However, in spite of Dick’s genius, his works with [...]
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Julio Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
El quinto y último tomo de los cuentos completos de K. Dick. En estos cuentos uno encuentra ya las historias que, para mi, son las más atractivas de este autor. En particular, aquellas ligadas a las dudas sobre la realidad y la alienación de la conciencia. Todo lo que vivimos puede no existir y ni siquiera somos conscientes de ello. Un accidente, un error, un sabotaje nos revelan luego que lo que vivimos es pura ilusión, que somos otro, o que el universo ni siquiera existe. Estos cuentos, mu [...]
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Tom Wannamaker Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
I picked up this book to read the short story "The Pre-Persons," and in the end devoured the entire book. How did I miss PKD back in the day? This is Vol 5 of 5 of his collected works, so I have a lot more to read!"The Pre-Persons" is a stark tale about a world in which children may legally be aborted until they have developed reasoning ability -- the legal standard for being considered fully human. This is at or before the age of 12, and the demonstration of which is understanding basic algebra [...]
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Rubén Lorenzo Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
La originalidad es, como siempre, la seña de identidad de esta recopilación de cuentos de K Dick. Más que disfrutable odisea dentro de la mente del autor, con sus preocupaciones teológicas y su eterna incognita sobre la verdadera naturaleza de la realidad.A parte de esto, los relatos son muy divertidos. Además, resultan creíbles por sus buenos personajes y ese aura de resignación o pesimismo que les invade y que no parece tener solución. Siempre he preferido las novelas de K Dick a sus r [...]
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Mike Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
It's impossible to review each story in a collection, but as a whole I can heartily recommend any of the PKD short story collections. He's not your normal SF writer (at least from the golden age); he's more of a postmodern Kafka-esque fiction writer whose stories are set on far away planets or which involve alien minds. When you finish one of these stories you're strongly tempted to stop reading and try to digest it for a while, because it will tell you something about the human condition and ab [...]
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sara Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
Not my favorite Philip K. Dick, but, there are still those remnants of Dickian darkness that I love so much in this collection: the paranoid and broken; visionary glimpses of futuristic worlds that bear a far too gloomy parallel to our own; stories that are so weird they resonate as nightmarish half-truths; the grim and endless searching through the terrifying fringesme stories in this book are certainly better than others; however, all are worth reading.
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C.A. Chicoine Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
This collection was read over time. I have been reading a lot of PKD's short stories most recently. The stories that caught my fancy from this collection are the following.*The Electric Ant"Strange Memories of Death", I think, would make a good one-man play -- with some slight modifications.
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Elijah Chandler Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
More goodness from the master of Sci-Fi. I found this book on clearance at the Hawley Cooke book store (R.I.P.) in the St. Matthews neighborhood of Louisville. It contains some stories from other anthologies but the real justification is the stuff that hadn't been published before. Sadly, I believe this book is out of print.
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Peter Jones Aug 14, 2020 - 08:39 AM
I had enjoyed many of the stories on my reread of the previous four volumes, but in this fifth collection, there were few, if any, that I really liked. He felt more like he was trying to be offensive, and I just didn't enjoy it.
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