Philip K. Dick’s celebrated science-fiction thriller leaves readers guessing until the very last page. This spectacular Folio Society edition of Ubik features a new introduction by award-winning writer Kim Stanley Robinson.
Selected Short Stories
Illustrated by 24 different artists
Introduced by Jonathan Lethem
Preface by Philip K. Dick
Selected Short Stories won the Literature category at BBD&P Awards 2022
Twenty-four artists take on the best of Philip K. Dick’s short fiction in Selected Short Stories. With a unique die-cut slipcase, printed page edges and an introduction by Jonathan Lethem.
‘One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction.’
- Sunday Times
This special collection of short stories has been curated to celebrate the incredible scope of Philip K. Dick’s imagination and wit. Twenty-four artists were commissioned to create the spectacular illustrations, while the volume itself is full of quirky details: the vibrant sprayed page edges feature a pair of startling eyes, and the unique die-cut slipcase features a hidden image on the interior bursting with colour. Award-winning novelist and Philip K. Dick fan Jonathan Lethem has provided a fascinating introduction, while the edition also includes an insightful preface by the author himself. Selected Short Stories brings together the very best in modern book design with a host of diverse artists, all to explore the fantastic – and the fantastically strange – universe of Philip K. Dick.
Selected Short Stories won the Literature category at the British Book Production and Design Awards 2022.
Bound in blocked cloth with a design by La Boca
Set in Mentor with Futura as display
Second colour in prelims
24 full-page colour illustrations
Two ribbon markers
Digitally printed page edges
Blocked and die cut slipcase with printed inside
designed by La Boca.
10˝ x 6¾˝
‘Dick quietly produced serious fiction in a popular form and there can be no greater praise.’
- Michael Moorcock
Philip K. Dick wrote over 120 short stories in his lifetime, and the very best of them are collected here. In classic science-fiction stories like ‘The Crystal Crypt’ and ‘The Defenders’ he dissects war, paranoia, and the red planet. ‘Minority Report’ and ‘We Can Remember It for You Wholesale’ – filmed as Total Recall in 1990 – explore some of his favourite preoccupations, such as free will and predestination. And this being Dick there are stranger offerings to be enjoyed too, such as the unnerving tragicomedy ‘Oh to be a Blobel!’ and the creeping horror of ‘The Hanging Stranger’. In his warm and insightful introduction, novelist Jonathan Lethem examines how Dick’s stories built a universe that was both paranoid and joyful, lovingly constructed from the building blocks of science fiction.
Selected Short Stories showcases the work of 24 remarkable artists. The art styles are as diverse as the stories themselves: Anna Millais’s illustration for ‘The Crystal Crypt’ makes powerful use of dramatic angles and the sooty red skies of Mars; for ‘Colony’, Raisa Álava has created a psychedelic explosion of colour and detail, while Folio Society favourite Dave McKean has provided an eerie yet beautiful image of the ‘precogs’ from ‘Minority Report’. Brought together in an eye-catching binding, this edition also features a special die-cut slipcase with an interior illustration that playfully captures Dick’s unique mixture of awe and cynicism. Selected Short Stories is as much a work of art as it is a mind-expanding collection from one of the 20th century’s most ground-breaking writers.
The Crystal Crypt
The Hanging Stranger
The Golden Man
Foster, You’re Dead
The Minority Report
The Unreconstructed M
Oh, To Be a Blobel!
A Game of Unchance
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
The Electric Ant
Chains of Air, Web of Aether
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