This is a collection of Philip K Dick stories that was obviously put out to promote the movie adaptation with Ben Affleck (which I've not seen). For instance no where on the cover does it mention that Paycheck is actually just one of 12 short stories in this book. But for the most part it is a really great collection of stories.
They are very cold war/nuclear holocaust focused and as a child of the 80s I loved that! It's kinda like a bunch of Fallout stories. The most disturbing was the family who got thrown forward 7 years in time after the nuclear war and had to decide whether they would brave the bombs to get another 3 years of peaceful life or if they'd stay in the horrible future. There were stories of robot fighting nannies, kid's who could see alternate futures, rather strange post-apocalyptic civilisations and pod people.
Also in this book was the very odd anti-abortion story that was set in a world where in the US abortion was legal till the age of 12 and the pound had ceased hunting dogs and cats and was after children. Women ceased to want babies and therefore the world was VERY BAD. It wasn't really satire enough to hold up and just felt rather odd and heavy handed.
The characters were for the most part standard middle America, stereotypes for the sake of social commentary but the situations were interesting and strange enough that it didn't matter much.
Overall a very enjoyable collection. I first started reading Philip K Dick with his short stories (a few of which were repeated here) and I still find them very enjoyable....Continua