The Preserving Machine

By Philip K. Dick

Rating: 4 stars

I’ve got to admit that PKD is a large gap in my science fictional life. I’ve read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep but before this collection of short stories, that was it, and I’ve got to say that I didn’t hugely enjoy that. However, I’ve been very impressed with this collection and will probably look out for more Dick short stories.

As the state of reality and mental illness were recurring aspects of Dick’s own life, it’s natural that they would occur in his fiction as well, and those themes do crop up in this collection but it’s also got a lot of other acute observations on life and nature. Highlights probably include We can remember it for you wholesale, War Game and Pay for the Printer.

There’s also a mischievous sense of humour, albeit quite a dark one at times, running through these stories which made them fun to read. Certainly a collection that has made me look again at Philip K. Dick again.

Book details

ISBN: 9780586069387
Publisher: Grafton
Year of publication: 1969

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