The Collected Stories.
Beyond Lies the Wub; Second Variety; The Father-Thing; The Days of Perky Pat; The Little Black Box.Los Angeles, CA, Columbia, PA: Underwood/Miller, 1987 Stock Code: 131750
Signed limited issueFirst edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 64 of 100 copies with the author's signature mounted to the limitation leaf of Volume 1, this example cut from a cancelled cheque. A further 400 numbered copies were also released. This posthumous collection of Dick's works include a preface by the author adapted from a letter written in the year before his death in 1982, a foreword by Steven Owen Godersky, and introductions to each volume by Roger Zelazny, Norman Spinrad, John Brunner, James Tiptree, Jr., and Thomas M. Disch. Loosely inserted into the first volume, as issued, is the "Brief Synopsis for Alternate World Novel: The Acts of Paul" pamphlet, which publishes Dick's intriguing plan for an unwritten novel set in a world in which Paul of Tarsus was never converted on the road to Damascus, leaving Christianity to die out and Manichaeism to become the established religion. In his preface Dick states his definition of "good science fiction" based upon the invasion of a hypothetical "new idea" into reader's conception of the world: "if it is good sf the idea is new, it is stimulating, and probably most important of all, it sets off a chain-reaction of ramification-ideas in the mind of the reader; it so-to-speak unlocks the reader's mind so that the mind, like the author's, begins to create".
5 volumes, octavo. Original red leatherette, titles to spines in gilt, red marbled endpapers. All housed in the publisher's black cloth slipcase.
A fine set in the slipcase with split to lower right-hand joint.
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