Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume One: The King of the Elves

Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume One: The King of the Elves

Illustration By Bill Sienkiewicz

Dust jacket by Bill Sienkiewicz

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.

The King of the Elves is the opening installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, expanded from the previous Collected Stories set to incorporate new story notes, and two added tales, one previously unpublished, and one uncollected. This generous collection contains 22 stories and novellas including Dick’s first published story, “Beyond Lies the Wub,” together with such landmark tales as “The Preserving Machine,” in which an attempt to preserve our fragile cultural heritage takes an unexpected turn, “The Variable Man,” a brilliantly imagined novella encompassing war, time travel, and the varied uses of technology, and the title story, in which Shadrach Jones, owner of a dilapidated gas station in Colorado, stumbles into an ongoing war between trolls and elves, and encounters a fantastic — and utterly unexpected — destiny. Like the best of Dick’s novels, these stories offer a wide variety of narrative and intellectual pleasures, and provide an ideal introduction to one of the singular imaginations of the modern era.

Trade: fully cloth bound hardcover edition
Limited: 250 deluxe numbered copies, bound in leather (unsigned)

Table of Contents

  • Stability
  • Menace React
  • Roog
  • The Little Movement
  • Beyond Lies the Wub
  • The Gun
  • The Skull
  • The Defenders
  • Mr. Spaceship
  • Piper in the Woods
  • The Infinites
  • The Preserving Machine
  • Expendable
  • The Variable Man
  • The Indefatigable Frog
  • The Crystal Crypt
  • The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford
  • The Builder
  • Meddler
  • Paycheck
  • The Great C
  • Out in the Garden
  • The King of the Elves
  • Colony
  • Prize Ship
  • Nanny
  • Notes

From Publishers Weekly:
“The included works are steeped in the paranoid, fearful zeitgeist of the 1950s... Completists who missed the earlier edition will be glad to pick this one up.”

From SF Crowsnest:
“Most of these stories have been published in other forms and many of them you may have read before. I challenge you not to be moved by re-visiting them and re-discovering why you fell in love with Science Fiction all those years ago.”

Bill Sienkiewicz
Philip K. Dick
487 pages
United States
Out of Print