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Unformatted text preview: Philip K. Dick: 1928 to 1982 Overview of his stories : If you were hoping for a more upbeat second installment of cyborg memories, Philip K. Dick, unfortunately, isn’t where you go for upbeat endings. There are occasionally some small, individual victories in his stories, but the world around Dick’s characters is usually going from bad to worse. Everything seems falling to pieces; entropy reigns. Some typical settings in Philip K. Dick stories:-A. The most common Dick setting in one in which the earth has been devastated by nuclear war. The ground is reduced to burnt slag. Humans are dying slowly or quickly from radiation sickness, or living below the surface, or mutating, or all three at once. Sometimes humans are simply extinct. In other stories, a few surviving humans have migrated off-world, to Mars, for instance. In one particularly upsetting story, the humans completely destroy earth, go to Mars, and realize that they’ve already destroyed Mars millennia in the past. At the very end of the story, a few characters are already plotting to destroyed Mars millennia in the past....
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