A master of science fiction, a voice of the changing counterculture, and a genuine visionary, Philip K. Dick wrote about reality, entropy, deception, and the plight of being alive in the modern world. Through his remarkable career Dick has established himself as a writer of the first order and his dreams of the future have proven to be eerily prophetic and even more presci...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Vintage
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Some of my favourite films (Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Minority Report) are adapted from Philip K. Dick stories, so I was disappointed by how how much I disliked the first half of this introductory compendium. The clunky prose, flat characterizations, and hollow plotines were actually uncomfortable to read at times. Then there was the misogyny. None of this fit my expectations of a literary icon. I guess the thing is that Dick never saw himself as an icon. He saw himself as an...more
Mostly a collection a various chapters in his novels. The standalone short stories were excellent, Perky Pat is like a Barbie Doll in a post-apocalyptic world, that all the adults like to play with. And his essay, "The Lucky Dog Pet Store," is chock full of inspiration and vitriol for future rebellious sci-fi writers. I don't think I would have been interested in reading Ubik if I hadn't seen the first two chapters here...pretty amazing stuff.
Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memo...moreMore about Philip K. Dick...