Adjustment Team by Philip K. Dick
(The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume Two)

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Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us -- or fail to make us -- fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and 'literature,' and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.

Adjustment Team is the second installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This wide-ranging collection contains 26 stories and novellas from the extraordinarily productive years of 1952 and 1953, along with extensive story notes. Included here are "The Cookie Lady," an account of a young boy whose relationship with a lonely widow results in a bizarre act of transformation, "Second Variety" (filmed in 1995 as Screamers), a novella that powerfully evokes a post-apocalyptic society overrun by all-too-human looking robots known as "Claws," and the title story, in which a small accident of timing leads real estate salesman Ed Fletcher to an unexpected confrontation with the malleable nature of a once familiar world. Like its predecessor, The King of the Elves, this new volume offers both an astonishing variety of narrative pleasures and a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of a major American artist.
 

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Phillip Kindred Dick is an American science fiction writer best known for his psychological portrayals of characters trapped in illusory environments. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1928, Dick worked in radio and studied briefly at the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on his writing career. His first novel, Solar Lottery, was published in 1955. In 1962, Dick won the Hugo Award for his novel, The Man in the High Castle. He also wrote a series of futuristic tales about artificial creatures on the loose; notable of these was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was later adapted into film as Blade Runner. Dick also published several collections of short stories. He died in Santa Ana, California, in 1982.
 
Published January 16, 2011 by Subterranean Press. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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BC Books

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The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, is loosely based on the 1954 short story "The Adjustment Team" by Philip K.

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Attention, anyone wondering whether free will or determinism drives the cosmos: Put down your Spinoza, because The Adjustment Bureau has the answer you’ve been looking for: It’s a little from Column A and a little from Column B.

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Suite 101

As part of its continuing celebration of its centennial, Universal offers up the recently remastered Spielberg classic, and boy does it have teeth.

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City Book Review

Stories such as “Second Variety,” where androids are programmed to infiltrate, kill, and pass as humans, hint back to the origins of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The opening story, “The Cookie Lady” from 1953, tells a quaint tale of a boy visiting a lonely widow who bakes cookies especi...

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SF Site

Dick clearly drew heavily on his experiences with drugs when he wrote the story, and the story feels a lot like a bad LSD trip.

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The New Yorker

Their weary routine is turned upside down by the passions of David, and it’s fun to see Matt Damon working with a woman again, rather than going solo, or hanging out with a bunch of men, as he has done in recent movies.

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Time Magazine

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In The Adjustment BureauDavid shouts the battle cry of Damon heroes: “I don’t care what you put in my way, I’m not giving up!” The Adjustment Bureau is one of those movies — like The Matrix and Inception, but not in their league — that has to keep explaining its complicated and shifting rules.

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Strange Horizons

at present, the most popular collection of Dick's short stories is probably Pantheon's useful if obviously limited Selected Stories (2002), which no doubt showcases some of the best of Dick's infamously uneven output of short fiction, but also less than a fifth of it.

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Arts Fuse

In The Adjustment Bureau, based on the short story “The Adjustment Team” by Philip K.

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Horror News Net

The love story is cleverly woven into a secret agenda that rebels against a team who call themselves “The Adjustment bureau”.

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