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Second Variety

Philip K. Dick

Book Overview: 

Early victories by the USSR in a global nuclear war cause the United Nations government to retreat to the moon leaving behind troops and fierce autonomous robots called “Claws”, which reproduce and redesign themselves in unmanned subterranean factories. After six bloody years of conflict the Soviets call for an urgent conference and UN Major Joseph Hendricks sets out to meet them. Along the way he will discover what the Claws have been up to, and it isn’t good.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The boy held it out. It was a toy, a bear. A teddy bear. The boy’s eyes were large, but without expression.

Hendricks relaxed. “I don’t want it. Keep it.”

The boy hugged the bear again.

“Where do you live?” Hendricks said.

“In there.”

“The ruins?”




“How many are there?”

“How—how many?”

“How many of you. How big’s your settlement?”

The boy did not answer.

 Hendricks frowned. “You’re not all by yourself, are you?”

The boy nodded.

“How do you stay alive?”

“There’s food.”

“What kind of food?”


Hendricks studied him. “How old are you?”


It wasn’t possible. Or was it? The boy was thi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

-Nuevas muestras de los trabajos cortos de Dick al inicio de su carrera con rumbos y alcances variados.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Tercer volumen recopilatorio de relatos del autor, en este caso 23, escritos entre 1953 y 1959 y todos publicados en su momento en diferentes revistas y publicac

I can only conclude that Dick wrote this batch of stories while battling the amphetamine induced cockroaches that where crawling out of his mouth.

Stories like The Father Thing, Second Variety, The Last Of The Masters, Upon The Dull Earth, have tones that range between extremely paranoid to soul num

This third volume of Philip K. Dick’s collected short stories represents a transition period in his struggle to become a successful commercial fiction writer. Written in the years 1953–54—a year and a half after Dick began writing full-time and a year before he published his first novel Solar Lotter

Impresionante e imprescindible colección de 23 relatos de Philip K. Dick, escritos a mediados de los años 50 del pasado siglo. Los hay buenos, muy buenos y excelentes. En ellos se pueden apreciar algunas de las inquietudes del autor: invasiones silenciosas, el peligro atómico, conflictos con los ext

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