I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon

I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon This volume brings together ten previously uncollected stories and a major unpublished essay which span nearly thirty years of the career of the noted science fiction writer

  • Title: I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: 9780312908386
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • This volume brings together ten previously uncollected stories and a major unpublished essay, which span nearly thirty years of the career of the noted science fiction writer.

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    1. Here's a larger image of the 1987 St. Martin's Press mass-market paperback. I've read a few of these stories before, but surprisingly a majority are new to me, I believe. Most of them were also included in the 1991 retrospective, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, which covers PKD's work from the mid-60s to the early 80s. The stories here are mostly from the late 70s/early 80s, though the first few are from earlier in his career.

    2. Antologia postuma di racconti di Philip K. Dick, originariamente pubblicata nel 1985, dunque a tre anni dalla morte dell'Autore. L'arco temporale di produzione va dagli anni '50 agli anni '80, dunque presenta una certa disomogeneità, a mio avviso a favore dei racconti più recenti.Si parte con una nota lieve, Breve vita felice di una scarpa marrone ( 1954 ), dimenticabile report dell'invenzione di un apparecchio per rendere animati gli oggetti inanimati, come la scarpa marrone del titolo. Brill [...]

    3. μου εβγαλε το λαδι για να το τελειωσωχωρις καμια ουσια μονο για πολυ φανατικους και συλλεκτες

    4. I feel weird about giving two books in a two 5 stars but both were excellent.I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon gains its five stars for the first essay alone. "How to Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" is the first truly life changing thing I have ever read. It changed me as a thinker, an artist, a student, a writer, it changed how I see the world as a whole and around me, and most importantly made me more spiritual. That's not to say it made me believe in a certain god or exactly [...]

    5. The most depressing collection of Dick's short stories that I've ever read. Started on a happy note with "The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford" but got increasingly dark and pessimistic. I enjoyed "Holy Quarrel" despite its ominous undertones, but it was a classic PDK short story. "Strange Memories of Death" was depressing given that it too closely reflects my current life situation, facing eviction and worrying about every knock on thhe door. Surprisingly, in the midst of all this darkness [...]

    6. “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon” (1980)Brilliant and haunting. Must surely be the inspiration for the film PASSENGERS. ****First published in 1980, under the title "Frozen Journey". In the story, a man (Victor Kemmings) regains consciousness during a failed attempt at cryosleep on board a spaceship. The ship's artificial intelligence cannot repair the malfunction and cannot wake him, so Kemmings is doomed to remain conscious but paralyzed through the ship's entire ten-year-long journey. To maint [...]

    7. A collection of short stories and one lecture, the stories all told in Dick's typical something's-not-quite-right-with-the-universe style. Variable quality.

    8. If Passengers meh-vie gave you cancer, have this pkd for a speedy recovery.Remember that Doctor Who Christmas Special with Nick Frost?

    9. The tone of this collection of Dick's stories is set in the introduction, which is spent discussing the nature of reality and what it means to be human, in the context of events in Dick's own life, and the coincidences that occurred following the writing of his novel, Flow my Tears the Policeman Said. It's a fairly dark collection, with The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford being the exceptional light, moderately fluffy story of a machine that annoys things into becoming alive. The Alien Mind [...]

    10. Like any PKD title, whether it be a short story or a novel it helps to take a step back and explore the context in which the piece was written. PKD experimented with hallucinogens and "suffered" from "visions" and a sense of unease regarding what's "real" and what is merely and illusion.This is a terse short story with a fascinating premise: a man wakes, consciousness brimming at the surface of a deep cryogenic sleep. He cannot move and his colleagues are fast asleep. They belong to a crew on a [...]

    11. I enjoyed this collection, although it is a bit dark even for Dick. The introduction really sets the tone of what should be captured from the stories included. How Dick likes to question reality, and humanity. He gives computers emotional obligations and lets the world play out. The introduction is also great because it seems to give a better view of what Dick's life was like. A happier version of his life than you might get from reading Scanner Darkly. The introduction also serves as a reminder [...]

    12. I don't know a lot about this collection of short stories, but I assume they are not representative of Dick's best work. There are some really decent stories in the collection, but, overall, most feel unpolished or just average. A big reason for this is that the introduction by Dick is amazing. It reminds me of the amazing college lectures my English department professors were known to give. The introduction begins things on such a high note that it never gets topped.I look forward to reading mo [...]

    13. I only read the short story "I Hope We Shall Arrive Soon" and I was blown away by it. Definitely one of the best PKD shorts I've read. The main character is thrust into a virtual simulation of his past due to a cryogenic malfunction on a ten year space journey. The ship tries to keep his brain stimulated by allowing him to live in his memories but, unable to cope with the guilt of his childhood, he gradually contaminates the memories, ending up unable to distinguish between reality and the fanta [...]

    14. An outstanding, if unrepresentative, collection of Philip K. Dick's short stories, generally (though not exclusively) dealing with encounters with other realities. The introductory essay, 'How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later', with its discussion of how Dick approached and interacted with the world around him, is indicative of the style reflected throughout the rest of the anthology.

    15. The first 7 stories in this book weren't bad but were pretty forgettable. The high rating is for the great introductory essay by Dick, in which he describes his delusional religious experiences and rants about pre-Socratic philosophy, and for the brilliance of the last 3 stories: "Chains of Air, Web of Aether," "Rautavaara's Case" and "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon." Tellingly, these are the 3 stories summarized on the back cover, and they're among the strongest sci fi short stories I've ever read. [...]

    16. The opening essay on reality is lovely. Makes me miss California. Quotes:The Authentic human being is one of us who instinctively knows what he should not do, and, in addition, he will balk at doing it. He will refuse to do it, even if this brings down dread consequences to him and to those he loves. This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people: they can say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance." p. 22"Reality is that which, when you stop be [...]

    17. A neat collection of neat little stories. I think that's the best word, "neat" - nothing here is groundbreaking, nothing earth-shaking - just "neat". They fit tidily into small spaces, they fulfill their functions, they end. They're good examples of "neat" writing, of a kind of relaxed but concise kind of storytelling. Whether more than one or two of these pieces will remain fresh or somehow vital in the mind after reading is another matter.

    18. This posthumous collection of previously uncollected stories is loaded with winners, from the shoe that achieves sentience and the penny candy that decides the fate of the planet to the cafeteria meal that teaches a man to question authority and the astronaut who awakens from frozen sleep but refuses to believe he's awake. Frequently astonishing.

    19. This is such an interesting collection of short stories. It is definitely science fiction and in some ways dates itself; but I thought the stories were all somewhat thought provoking and isn’t that what a good sci-fi story should do? I really found the “Explorers We” quite an interesting story and then “Holy Quarrel” was also one to make those thought processes run….

    20. Odds and endse only really good story "Rautavaara's Case"--funny and sly; and the title story alright, although verging on self-parody. In truth I guess I'm getting a little sick of hearing about pre-Socratic philosophers and Christianity from him--he really does just write the same thing over and over again, even when it's not a novel.

    21. Se capitate in un qualsiasi mercatino dell'usato e trovate questo Urania, non fatevelo assolutamente scappare.La mia recensione sul mio blog : capitolonero/2014/

    22. Dick's last collection of short stories includes some classics. The title story outstrips Dante with a vision of a Hell produced by malfunctioning suspended animation technology that is one of the most nightmarish things I have ever read.

    23. Excellent collection of Dick short stories published posthumously.Me Ma found me a first edition of this. I love it. This is also the book that contains the essay Richard Linklater references in "Waking Life" about parallel realities and time not being real.

    24. Like all but " Brown Oxford."In his introduction, he states, "I like to build universes which do fall apart. I like to see them come unglued, and I like to see how the characters in the novels cope with this problem."

    25. Un'antologia di racconti in ordine cronologico per entrare a piccoli passi nello straniante "mondo dickiano" (in questo volume però mancano molti stupendi racconti dell'autore), i miei preferiti sono "Teologia per Computer" e "Spero di Arrivare Presto".

    26. Truth be told I've only read the short story that serves as the namesake for this collection. It's everything I would want in a Charlie Kaufman film: quirk, sadness, hope.

    27. For PKD stories, these are about as straight-forward as you'll get. For his short stories, these are about as grim as you'll get. Regardless, the man can do no wrong.

    28. I definitely like this compilation, although some of these stories aren't the Philip K. Dick most readers are used to.

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