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Book Title: Beyond Lies the Wub|
The author of the book: Philip K. Dick
Date of issue: May 4th 2009
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Philip K. Dick's first published short story (Planet Stories, July 1952), begins with what may have been a familiar plot point even by the early 50's: a space ship crew, having acquired a cargo-hold filled with alien animals for food, plans to devour a creature--the "wub" of the title--more intelligent and psychically gifted than all the humans on the ship put together. Of course, things do not turn out as expected.
In spite of this conventional theme, this Dick tale is memorable for two reasons: 1) the humorous yet melancholy characterization of the wub which, in addition to being entertaining in itself, disarms the reader and leaves him unprepared for..., 2) the conclusion, which--in addition to being surprising and amusing--calls into question (as Dick would often do in the future) the nature of human personality and the persistence of individual identity.
All in all, a pretty good start for a writer's public career.
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Read information about the authorPhilip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.
In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, ten of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.
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