Second Variety : Volume Two of the Collected Stories, Paperback Book

Second Variety : Volume Two of the Collected Stories Paperback

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The stories within SECOND VARIETY were written between 1952 and 1955, while America was in the grip of McCarthyism.The concerns of the time are reflected in stories such as Second Variety, which tells of an endless war fought by ever more cunning and sophisticated robots, or Imposter where a man accused of being an alien spy finds his whole identity called into question.Using his marvellously varied, quirky and idiosyncratic style, Dick speaks up for ordinary people against militarism, paranoia and xenophobia.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
  • ISBN: 9781857988802

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As intelligent and prophetic as most of Dick's work, this second collection of his short stories nevertheless feels like his second best, lacking the number of top notch stories that appeared in the first collection, "Beyond Lies The Wub". More than a little repetitive, and the relentlessly masculine worlds they depict, with women simply there to either be decorative, hand-wringing or supportive, grow stale pretty quickly.

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This was, by far, my favorite story from this author. It was gripping from beginning to end and literally had me on the edge of my seat.