Three tales from master sci-fi storyteller, Philip K Dick, author of Blade Runner and Minority Report.
When conger agreed to kill a stranger he had never seen he wasn’t concerned about getting the wrong man, he knew what the man looked like, after all he had the man’s skull under his shoulder.
The Variable Man
Prediction models had reached such an advanced stage that they could tell you if you were going to win a war before you fired a shot. Unfortunately they were predicting perpetual standoff between the Terran and Centaurian Empires, what they needed was something unpredictable, and that was Thomas Cole, a man from the past accidentally dragged forward in time. Will he fit their calculations, or is he the random variable that can break the stalemate?
A human brain-controlled spacecraft, a creation of mechanical perfection, but something unforeseen: a strange entity called . . . Mr. Spaceship