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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Philip K. Dick's Collected Short Stories Cover Gallery

Inspired by the ongoing spat over the copyright of one of Philip K. Dick's short stories, I dug out my copies of the five collections that make up the Complete Short Stories series. The series was printed twice in paperback here in the UK with the titles sometimes varying to tie-in with movies, Dick being one of the most popular sources for blockbuster SF movies — Bladerunner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck — and some not-so-blockbuster flicks — Screamers, Imposter, A Scanner Darkly and Next. There are at least half a dozen further stories in development or production, with an adaptation of Radio Free Albemuth shortly to be released (reviewed here).

As well as title changes, there have been some alterations to the contents of the five volumes of the Collected Short Stories since they were originally published by Underwood/Miller in 1987. Hopefully the notes below won't confuse the issue. I only have one edition of each book, so as a bonus I've thrown in the omnibus Three Early Novels because it was on the shelf right next to the others.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Vol. 1: Beyond Lies the Wub (Los Angeles, Underwood/Miller, 1987; as The Short Happy Life of Oxford Brown, New York, Citadel Twilight, 1990; as Paycheck and other classic stories, New York, Citadel Twilight, 2003; revised [omitting a foreword by Steven Owen], London, Gollancz, 1988)
Grafton 0586-20764-3, May 1990, 510pp, £5.99. Cover by Chris Moore
Orion/Millennium 1857-98879-5, Aug 1999, vi+404pp, £7.99.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Vol. 2: Second Variety (Los Angeles, Underwood/Miller, 1987; London, Gollancz, 1988; revised [omitting 'Second Variety' and adding 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale'] as We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, New York, Citadel Twilight, 1990)
Grafton 0575-20765-1, Jul 1990, 493pp, 5.99. Cover by Chris Moore
Orion/Millennium 1857-98880-9, Aug 1999, viii+395pp, £7.99.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Vol. 3: The Father-Thing (Los Angeles, Underwood/Miller, 1987; London, Gollancz, 1989; revised [adding 'Second Variety'] as Second Variety, New York, Citadel Twilight, 1991; further revised [omitting introductions and three stories and adding four stories] as The Philip K. Dick Reader, Citadel Twilight, 1997)
Grafton 0575-20767-8, Nov 1990, 476pp, £5.99. Cover by Chris Moore
Orion/Millennium 1857-98881-7, Aug 1999, ix+376pp, £7.99.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Vol. 4: The Days of Perky Pat (Los Angeles, Underwood/Miller, 1987; London, Gollancz, 1990; as The Minority Report, New York, Citadel Twilight, 1991; as Minority Report, London, Orion/Millennium, 2000)
Grafton 0575-20768-6, May 1991, 494pp, £5.99. Cover by Chris Moore
Orion/Millennium 1857-98947-3, May 2000, xii+380pp, £7.99.

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Vol. 5: The Little Black Box (Los Angeles, Underwood/Miller, 1987; London, Gollancz, 1990; as We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, London, Grafton, 1991; revised [omitting 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale'] as The Eye of the Sibyl, New York, Citadel Twilight, 1992)
Grafton 0575-20769-4, Nov 1991, 495pp, £5.99. Cover by Chris Moore
Orion/Millennium 1857-98948-1, May 2000, xii+395pp, £7.99.

Three Early Novels
Orion/Millennium 1857-98912-0, Sep 2000, 422pp, £7.99. Cover by Chris Moore?

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