I am saluting this new four-volume Philip K. Dick collection by the Folio Society

The Folio Society has published a four-volume collection of short story collections by Philip K. Dick in a limited edition and I am seriously considering selling my plasma to buy a copy.

Each volume is bound in fluorescent colors, with 2,560 pages of text containing about 118 stories. There are 24 illustrations by 24 different artists, and the set itself has a theme inspired by the symbols found on Zener cards – famously used during the 20th century to test telepaths (mind reading is a recurring theme in Dick’s fiction).

The collection is absolutely stunning, like many special editions of The Folio Society, but has a hefty price tag of £ 495 ($ 679). Only 750 copies are available, and they seem to be selling fast.

Philip K. Dick is the undisputed titan of science fiction, and I have long been a fan of his short stories. Not only because they contain some of the most famous stories of the genre, but also because they also offer the history of Dick’s own capsules.

He was extremely prolific as a writer and lived in a time when one could make a decent living pumping up fast-paced fantastic hits. He published four stories in 1952 and then hastily published 30. 1953. (His love of amphetamines also contributed to this prolific result.) The feeling of writing as drugs flow into Dick’s stories, which often have bitter workers, like refilling Our friends from Frolix 8 who takes bald, worn-out tires and cuts fresh grooves in them with a red-hot iron.

Despite the fundamental nature of the work, Dick’s fiction is infinitely imaginative. His short stories are still retold today, and Hollywood especially loves them. “We can remember for you in bulk” became the 1990s Complete recall; the short “Minority Report” from 1956 was turned into the eponymous hit film by Tom Cruise from 2002; while the “Adjustment Team” became in 2011 Adjustment Office, and so on.

As we progress through Dick’s career in the 70s and 80s, his output slows. In 1974, Dick famously experienced a series of visions in which an entity that may have been God, but which he called the Wide Intelligent System of Active Living or VALIS, “fired a beam of pink light directly at him, into his head, his eyes. ”His stories from this era, especially his novels, consequently move away from standard sci-fi tropes into postmodern themes, penetrating images of consciousness, alternative realities, and hidden, incredible truths.

Reading Dick’s short fiction chronologically offers its own narrative: the story of this great writer and thinker. The new set of the Folio Society looks like an incredible accompaniment to this intellectual history. Now excuse me, I have to do Google around “unmistakable quick enrichment schemes”.