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"Electric Dreams" is a shell game
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
Let me begin by acknowledging that I am an ardent PKD fan. But, I would most definitely recommend AGAINST purchasing "Electric Dreams." This book is presumably an anthology of 10 very short PKD stories, which, if you are a PKD fan, you have probably already read. So, why did I buy this book? Because I wanted to read the short-stories before viewing the screenplays of the 10 episode video series of the same name. The problem is that the screenplays do not all have the same name as the short stories. Each of the short stories is preceded by an almost completely worthless 2-3 page commentary by the person who wrote the screenplay. These commentaries tell you nothing about the screenplays themselves. To make matters worse, most of the screenplays have at best a fleeting resemblance to the actual short story. In some cases, they bear almost no resemblance whatsoever. The absolute worst of these screenplays is "Kill All Others," which was apparently adapted from "The Hanging Stranger." Really?! You could of fooled me! An almost equally bad example was the screenplay "Real Life," which was adapted from "Exhibit Piece." PKD must be rolling over in his grave.
Electric Dreams is an over-priced anthology containing almost totally irrelevant commentaries by screenwriters who say nothing about their own work. I can only imagine that this book was somehow meant to convert the uninitiated into PKD fans, but more likely to squeeze out a few more dollars. I give this book a 3-star rating--not because of the original short stories, but because of the shameful behavior of the publishers.