The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume 1: The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford
by Philip K. Dick
Review by Bob Wright
The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume 1: The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford is a collection of all the writer's earliest short and medium length fiction (including some previously unpublished stories) covering the years 1952-1955. Some of these works have never been anthologized or reprinted. Among the better of the 25 stories collected are "Beyond Lies the Wub," "The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford," "The Variable Man," "Stability," and "The King of the Elves." I won't kid you, some of the stories are less than great. ("Nanny" in particular springs to mind.) These are some of his first stories, after all. But for the most part the stories are great. It also has a preface by the late Mr. Dick, taken from a 1981 letter, dealing with "what is SF?" and an introduction by Roger Zelazny . With these stories and over 400 pages of material, the $12.95 price-tag is a bargain. If anyone is interested, you can order it from Svoboda's. The publisher is Citadel Twilight. (I have no stake in either Svoboda's or Citadel, but I was looking for Volumes 2-n, so I know these things.)
Note from Bill Johnston: Volumes 2&3 are in print and available at Svoboda's as of this typing (1990).
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