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Comprising:- The Golden Man (1954)- Return Match (1967)- The King of the Elves (1953)- The Mold of Yancy (1955)- Not By Its Cover (1968)- The Little Black Box (1964)- The Unreconstructed M (1957)- The War with the Fnools (1964)- The Last of the Masters (1954)- Meddler (1954)- A Game of Unchance (1964)- Sales Pitch (1954)- Precious Artifact (1964)- Small Town (1954)- The PrComprising:- The Golden Man (1954)- Return Match (1967)- The King of the Elves (1953)- The Mold of Yancy (1955)- Not By Its Cover (1968)- The Little Black Box (1964)- The Unreconstructed M (1957)- The War with the Fnools (1964)- The Last of the Masters (1954)- Meddler (1954)- A Game of Unchance (1964)- Sales Pitch (1954)- Precious Artifact (1964)- Small Town (1954)- The Pre-persons (1974)...

Title : The Golden Man
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ISBN : 9780417062006
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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The Golden Man Reviews

  • Marc
    2019-03-05 16:19

    Mark Hurst did an excellent job of editing this collection--these 15 stories work well together in terms of varying in length, style, and subject matter. They cover familiar PKD territory--the dangers of time-travel, the possibility of our planet being invaded by idiots ("fnools"), religion as politics, objects and toys being other than what they seem, and the danger of us becoming Eisenhower clones. The final story is perhaps the only sci-fi story ("The Pre-Persons") I've ever read from a pro-life perspective and while it too easily slips into misogyny, it also manages to raise interesting questions. That's the thing with PKD, even when you vehemently disagree with him or his stories lose their focus, he still makes you think. Much like his life, his writing can be wildly erratic, but he had his finger on the social pulse and genuinely seemed interested in a more honest, more free, and more loving world.

  • Tasmiah26 Chowdhury
    2019-02-22 22:21

    I only read The Golden Man, for school. But i think it was a pretty good, short, sci-fi, story. Well at least the idea/theme of the story was - i really cant think of a word. But you know, it was pretty good i guess. Anyway, i only typed this to let people know that i only read The Golden Man, so yeah

  • Squirms
    2019-03-11 21:11

    everyone needs more dick in their life

  • Terence Blake
    2019-03-17 17:22

    This is a review of the title story: THE GOLDEN MAN. It contains spoilers.This story is a precursive working of themes that will be treated in more detail in Frank Herbert's DUNE. The mutant as potential dominator, but also the trap of precognition. Cris is presented as in the grip of his "inflexible path", he knows where we guess, so he has no freedom at all. His vision of the world is synchronic and spatialised, where human intelligence is diachronic, i.e. comprising novelty and uncertainty. He is all protention, and no retention. He is perceived as a god, but that is an effect of his golden appearance, a tool of sexual manipulation.He is called a "deeve", a deviant, but in fact he cannot deviate from his precognized "inflexible" path. Without language, without interpretation, he cannot sublimate into culture or morality. His superiority is Darwinian, but he is driven by his instincts. Anita feels something like love and worries for him, he feels no such empathy, he just impregnates and uses her, and dumps her as soon as escape is possible. There is no semantic bridge, not because he has superior semantics, but because he has no language. There is no empathic bridge either. In view of his inflexible future we humans are the deviants, introducing complexity into what would otherwise be a simple life.The story's ending with his escape is foreshadowed in the complexity of human social organisation. They were able to catch Cris because of a perfect "clamp" that lest no holes allowing escape. Yet Anita does not answer to Wisdom, and his security clamp down is incomplete: "I have no control over her. If she wants, she can check out." This is the loophole that Cris exploits.Yet this victory is like that of a computer winning at chess by exploring mechanically all the consequences of possible moves. Cris's "intelligence" is synchronic and algorithmic: he knows, where the aptly named Wisdom's is diachronic and heuristic: he guesses. Of course it is informed guessing, but all it takes is sufficient computational power to see half an hour into the future to triumph over even experienced well-trained expert guessing. Baines is right to remark that such superior computation is not a sign of mental or spiritual superiority: "Superior survival doesn't mean superior man." Cris's precognition is a "neat faculty", but it is not a "development of mind".

  • Meala Brousil
    2019-02-22 23:34

    From "based on movies" I always saw Dick as visionary and clever writer, but never actually read something from him. This collection of early short stories, although amazingly constructed, is so idealogically distant for me, I just cannot recommend it. It was unpleasant eye-opener, which makes Philip K. Dick look like babbling TV preacher.

  • Paul Weimer
    2019-03-18 19:06

    An excellent narration of a chilling and interesting Philip K Dick story.

  • Elizabeth Ponds
    2019-03-17 00:24

    I only read The Golden Man. It was interesting. Not at all like the movie that was based on it: Next.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-09 22:15

    1 star due to the anti-abortion dystopia story included here. gross, phil.

  • AlterEgo
    2019-03-18 23:29

    1.5/5 stars

  • Grant Johnson
    2019-02-27 21:13

    So basically PKD created the X-Men like ten years before X-Men first appeared? He’s still proving that he was light years ahead and we’re all just catching up to him (or at least trying to).

  • Juan Luis García-Alonso
    2019-03-01 00:12

    Es una pena no poder leer más cosas de Philip K. Dick.

  • Άννα Μακρή
    2019-03-11 18:09

    Τα περισσότερα διηγήματα αυτής της συλλογής είχαν κάτι ενδιαφέρον. Τρία, τουλάχιστον, θα τα θυμάμαι για καιρό. Τα περισσότερα, παρόλα αυτά, δεν τα απόλαυσα πραγματικά. Είχαν αυτό το στυλ γραφής που με έχει κρατήσει μέχρι τώρα μακριά από την Ε.Φ. Ψυχρό, στεγνό, κάπως βαρετό μέχρι την τελική αποκάλυψη (όχι σαν το Ηλεκτρικό Πρόβατο, που το ευχαριστιέσαι από την πρώτη ως την τελευταία γραμμή).

  • Maria Savina
    2019-02-25 18:09

    Я не феминистка, но эта книга унижает женщин

  • Andy
    2019-02-21 20:25

    The Golden man is a collection of short stories. Originally these stories appeared in a variety of magazines, therefore don't waste time looking for an overarching theme connecting all. If one longs for such a connection, the one item that binds them all is the author: Philip K. Dick. Tales that old readers will enjoy while serving as an excellent primer on PKD to the new. Weather one finds their characters investigating a crime case on Earth or lugging a barrel of water on Mars PKD never ceases in style: making the banal beautiful and the extra-ordinary ordinary. At their base, regardless of the setting, PKD's stories are always about people. The human element in all its majesty and misery remains the thread that ties PKD to his readers. If one agrees with his observations they will find his insights magical, if they do not-they might find it pointless. If one is a new reader however, they must know that with PKD they must reserve judgement until the story is finished. This is that for some tales the pay-off (for the reader) is cumulative with the slow reveal. In summary, this book serves as a good collection.

  • Ben G
    2019-03-11 23:33

    You will not find a better Introduction to the span and scope of PKD's writing. His themes of human fallibility, desire and philosophical meditations on the mind, self and their relationship to reality makes this truly masterful science fiction in my opinion.

  • Ілля Слаба
    2019-02-26 22:09

    Very intersted idea. Not more.

  • Davidlodge82
    2019-02-19 16:15

    Muy buena historia corta de ciencia ficcion, para la gente que le da miedo el género de ciencia ficción se lo recomiendo porque se lee en apenas un rato y es muy amena.

  • Joe
    2019-03-11 22:10

    a great, if brief, parable of the superman. in inimitable Dick style.

  • Joseph Griggs
    2019-02-26 22:35

    This was an interesting short story dealing with humanities reaction to human genetic evolution. I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Philip K Dick.

  • Przemek
    2019-03-17 19:25

    With this book I have discovered PKD in 1989...