Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume Two: Adjustment Team [1952-1953]

Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume Two: Adjustment Team [1952-1953]

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.

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.

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

Table of Contents

  • The Cookie Lady
  • Beyond the Door
  • Second Variety
  • Jon’s World
  • The Cosmic Poachers
  • Progeny
  • Some Kinds of Love
  • Martians Come in Clouds
  • The Commuter
  • The World She Wanted
  • A Surface Raid
  • Project: Earth
  • The Trouble with Bubbles
  • Breakfast at Twilight
  • A Present for Pat
  • The Hood Maker
  • Of Withered Apples
  • Human Is
  • Adjustment Team
  • The Impossible Planet
  • Impostor
  • James P. Crow
  • Planet for Transient
  • Small Town
  • Souvenir
  • Survey Team
  • Prominent Author
  • Notes

From Publishers Weekly:
“With cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz and a full chapter of endnotes about the stories, fanatics will enjoy this substantial volume.”

From Booklist:
“Dick’s familiar themes—mental illness, the blurring of the line between fantasy and reality, the concerns of the common man (as opposed to the elite)—are represented here in abundance, although they’re approached in multiple ways.”


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