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The Collected Stories
Los Angeles, California, Columbia, Pennsylvania: Underwood/Miller,, 1987. [Comprising:] Beyond Lies the Wub; Second Variety; The Father-Thing; The Days of Perky Pat; The Little Black Box. 5 volumes, octavo. Original coloured cloth, titles to spines in black, tan endpapers. All housed in the publisher's black cloth slipcase. A beautiful set in excellent condition. First edition, first impression of his posthumous collection of Philip K. Dick's stories; one of a limited edition of 500 sets numbered in the first volume. With a preface by the author (from a letter written in the year before his death in 1982) in the first volume, a foreword by Steven Owen Godersky (also in volume one), and introductions to each volume by Roger Zelazny, Norman Spinrad, John Brunner, James Tiptree, Jr., and Thomas M Disch. Dick, in his preface, states his definition of "good science fiction" based upon the invasion of a hypothetical "new idea" into reader's conception of the world: "if it is good sf the idea is new, it is stimulating, and probably most important of all, it sets off a chain-reaction of ramification-ideas in the mind of the reader; it so-to-speak unlocks the reader's mind so that the mind, like the author's, begins to create." Included, laid in to the first volume, is the "Brief Synopsis for Alternate World Novel: The Acts of Paul" pamphlet, which publishes Dick's intriguing plan for an unwritten novel set in a world in which Paul of Tarsus was never converted on the road to Damascus, leaving Christianity to die out and Manichaeism to become the established religion.
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