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BOOK REVIEW: “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 3: Second Variety” (1987)

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It’s a bit of a quandary: I really enjoy science fiction anthologies more than pretty much all other forms of literature, but given their nature, they’re really hard to review in any meaningful, organized fashion. As much fun as they are to read, they’re not so much fun to write about in less than ten thousand words, and as a result, I tend to read the books, but postpone reviewing them as long as possible, unto the point of having only vague and squishy memories of what was in them in the first place.

Not my best work.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 2: We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” (1987)

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Originally published under the somewhat more reasonable title “Second Variety” in 1987 (Because it was the second in the series), the book was re-titled and re-released in 1990 to cash in on expected the “Total Recall” bonanza. Lest there be any confusion on this point, the full title appears to be “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 2: We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, The Story That Inspired The Hit Motion Picture TOTAL RECALL.” That’s the thing about trade paperbacks from the first half of the 90s: You’re never sure where the title ends and the subscript begins.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 1: The Short Happy Life Of The Brown Oxford” (1987)

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Ah, Philip K. Dick, is there any dead SF author I loveth more than thee? I think not. Let’s just get the gonzo stuff out of the way up front: I first *heard* of the guy when reading “Space Worlds, Wars, and Weapons,” an odd little cover art coffee table book from the late 1970s, which had a paragraph about Phil’s story “Imposter.” I knew Blade Runner, of course, and I knew nebulously of Phil thereby, but couldn’t remember his name. I do not remember the first story I read by him - odd how true love comes from sometimes murky beginnings, huh?

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Ice Cream And Venom

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As many of you know I e-published my first book, "Ice Cream and Venom" about eight months ago on Amazon in Kindle format. It's been very well reviewed - better than I expected, really - but being as it was my first book, and my first experience with that format, it had a LOT of formatting and editing errors I didn't notice until after it was online and people started pointing 'em to me. They were substantial. Also, to be honest, the order of the stories didn't flow very well. It started out on the weakest (And most deliberately offensive!) one. Also, the Table of Contents didn't work.

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BOOK REVIEW: "The collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Two: To The Dark Star" by Robert Silverberg (2007)

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I've written about this series in the New York Review of Science Fiction, but this is the first chance I’ve had to read volume 2, which contains much of Silverberg’s award winning and influential SF from the 60s. To the Dark Star went out of print rapidly and is now selling for prices such as $75 or $100 dollars online. Silverberg recently rereleased the first four volumes of the series for $5 apiece in Kindle, iPad, and Nook format, which is a tremendous deal. To the Dark Star has over a dozen stories, is over 500 pages long, and contains a lengthy introduction for each selection.

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BOOK REVIEW: "Sam Gunn Forever!" by Ben Bova (1998)

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Ben Bova is sort of a modern-day pulp writer. I read some of his stuff in the early 80s, and was not wowed by it. In those days, I kept my overflow books in my parents garage along with my old issues of Omni (Edited by Bova, coincidentally enough) and Starlog and Future Life, and what have you, and I’d paw through them while I was waiting for the glue to dry on whatever models I was building at the time. Most of my memories of Bova involve models of the Cygnus from Disney’s “The Black Hole”, and a lot of shivering.

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