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“The Greatest SF Stories by Philip K. Dick” (1928-1982) is a treasure of 34 short science fiction tales that are delightful, very thought-provoking, and frequently conclude with unexpected but very satisfying endings. I enjoyed them all. Beside being a tales of the future, many make us think about what is happening today. For example, in his story “The Skull,” Conger, a hunter and killer, is persuaded to go back two centuries in time in a time machine, to 1961, and kill a man who started a movement of people which taught non-violence by getting rid of some machines and some science so that weapons of war would cease being made. The persuaders explained that war was a good thing. It killed the weak and cleansed the earth for the stronger and smarter people. (A notion held also by Hitler and Stalin among too many more.) The problem was that no one knew what the founder looked like. However, the movement had saved the skeleton of their founder and one could most likely identify him by his teeth. Conger was to go to a certain field on a certain date where and when the founder first appeared to people and spoke to them. The founder’s movement believes that the founder was killed but was later seen by some people (reminiscing the story of Jesus). Conger, a bearded man, goes back in time and finds that there are many differences in 1961 than in his own time, Men do not wear beards, they shake hands, the language and pronunciation is somewhat different, and people who are warned to beware of communists begin to think that because of his differences, he must be a communist. As Conger is standing in the field waiting for the founder to come so that he can kill him and destroy the future movement, police come to kill Conger thinking that they will kill a communist. Conger looks at the skull and discovers something.
These are classic science fiction stories, mostly short. If you like Mack Reynolds, Roger Zelazney, Robert Silverberg and others from the fifties to the seventies, you'll enjoy this collection. Its almost like watching a Twilight Zone marathon. Interesting little twists and turns. A lot of fun and well worth the price.
Holy cow, this was one check of a ride! Philip K. Sick masterfully interleaved tales of cosmos horror and gleaming sci-fi cities in his own unique style. Recommended for fans of Star Trek and Lovecraft alike!