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Jun 1957

PUTTERING ABOUT IN A SMALL LAND

NICHOLAS AND THE HIGS

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FIRST EDITIONS

1957 IMAGE443.JPG  THE VARIABLE MAN ACE 1957 ACE, pb, D-261, 1957, 255pp, $0.35 (Emsh)
     
1969 xvariable41.jpg (6635 bytes) Sphere, pb, 2958-0, Aug 1969, 220pp, 6/- (?)

HISTORY

   May 1957 saw the publication of the second English edition of WORLD OF CHANCE from Rich & Cowan and in June, PKD’s first USA collection, THE VARIABLE MAN, was published by Ace.

    THE VARIABLE MAN contains five stories from 1953 to 1956. Although small in number these stories are mostly long and are some of PKD’s best.

    Tony Boucher reviewed THE VARIABLE MAN in F & SF in the Jan 1958 issue:

    … The Dick book contains the title novella and 5 novelets (one previously anthologized). It seems probable that the medium length is least suited to Dick’s talents: both his short stories (which have been collected in England but not here) and his full length novels are more individual and impressive. But though there are awkwardnesses and confusions in these fairly long stories, you’ll also find fertile ingenuity and a striking power in the use of evocative symbols.

    As a collection, THE VARIABLE MAN rates

    See also: "The Variable Man."


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FOREIGN EDITIONS:

CONTENTS:

The Variable Man (1953)
Second Variety (1953)
The Minority Report (1956)
Autofac (1955)
A World Of Talent (1954)

NOTES

PKD OTAKU #7, Nov 2002, p13: also: Tony Boucher in F & SF, Feb 1958


COLLECTOR'S NOTES

Rudy's Books: THE VARIABLE MAN, Ace, pb, D261, 1957. VG $20

Phildickian: THE VARIABLE MAN, Ace, pb, D261, 1957. VG $25


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