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    192816|mf=y{edih}| birth_place = Chicago, Illinois, United States19820212mf=y}}| death_place = Santa Ana, California, United States| occupation = Novelist, short story writer, essayist| nationality = American| period = 1952–1982| genre = Science fiction, paranoid fiction, philosophical fiction| movement = Postmodernism {edih} | signature = Philip K Dick signature.svg| children = 3| spouse = }}Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 â€“ March 2, 1982) was an American writer known for his work in science fiction. His work explored philosophical, social, and political themes, with stories dominated by monopolistic corporations, alternative universes, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. His writing also reflected his interest in metaphysics and theology, and often drew upon his life experiences in addressing the nature of reality, identity, drug abuse, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences.Born in Illinois, he eventually moved to California and began publishing science fiction stories in the 1950s. His stories initially found little commercial success.WEB,weblink Philip K. Dick, Books and Writers (, Petri, Liukkonen, Kuusankoski Public Library, Finland,weblink" title="">weblink April 25, 2007, yes, mdy-all, His 1962 alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle earned Dick early acclaim, including a Hugo Award for Best Novel.WEB,weblink 1963 Award Winners & Nominees, Worlds Without End, June 26, 2009, He followed with science fiction novels such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and Ubik (1969). His 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel.WEB,weblink 1975 Award Winners & Nominees, Worlds Without End, June 26, 2009, Following a series of religious experiences in February 1974, Dick's work engaged more explicitly with issues of theology, philosophy, and the nature of reality, as in such novels as A Scanner Darkly (1977) and VALIS (1981).WEB, Behrens, Richard, Allen B. Ruch, Philip K. Dick, The Scriptorium, The Modern Word, March 21, 2003,weblink April 14, 2008, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 12, 2008, mdy-all, A collection of his non-fiction writing on these themes was published posthumously as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011). He died in 1982, at age 53, due to complications from a stroke.Dick's writing produced 44 published novels and approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime.WEB, Kimbell, Keith, Ranked: Movies Based on Philip K. Dick Stories, Metacritic,weblink November 20, 2013, A variety of popular films based on Dick's works have been produced, including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (adapted twice: in 1990 and in 2012), Minority Report (2002), A Scanner Darkly (2006), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). The Man in the High Castle, was made into a multi-season television series.In 2005, Time named Ubik one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923.NEWS, Grossman, Lev, Ubik – ALL-TIME 100 Novels, Time (magazine), Time,weblink April 14, 2008, October 16, 2005, In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.Stoffman, Judy "A milestone in literary heritage" Toronto Star (February 10, 2007) {{webarchive|url= |date=October 6, 2012 }}Library of America Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960sLibrary of America H.P. Lovecraft: TalesAssociated Press "Library of America to issue volume of Philip K. Dick" USA Today (November 28, 2006)

    Early life

    Philip Kindred Dick and his twin sister, Jane Charlotte Dick, were born six weeks prematurely on December 16, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (née Kindred; 1900–1978) and Joseph Edgar Dick (1899–1985), who worked for the United States Department of Agriculture.BOOK, Kucukalic, Lejla, Philip K. Dick: canonical writer of the digital age, 27, Taylor and Francis, 2008, 0-415-96242-0, WEB, Sutin, Lawrence, Philip K. Dick, Author – Official Biography, Philip K. Dick Trust, 2003,weblink April 14, 2008, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 10, 2008, His paternal grandparents were Irish.The Search for Philip K Dick by Anne R Dick, Tachyon Publications 2010 The death of Philip's twin Jane six weeks after their birth, on January 26, 1929, profoundly affected Philip's life, leading to the recurrent motif of the "phantom twin" in his books.His family later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. When Philip was five, his father was transferred to Reno, Nevada; when Dorothy refused to move, she and Joseph divorced. Both parents fought for custody of Philip, which was awarded to the mother. Dorothy, determined to raise Philip alone, took a job in Washington, D.C., and moved there with her son. Philip was enrolled at John Eaton Elementary School (1936–1938), completing the second through fourth grades. His lowest grade was a "C" in Written Composition, although a teacher remarked that he "shows interest and ability in story telling". He was educated in Quaker schools.WEB, Vitale, Joe, Interview with Philip K. Dick, Philip K. Dick – Official Site, May 6, 2012,weblink yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 8, 2012, In June 1938, Dorothy and Philip returned to California, and it was around this time that he became interested in science fiction. Dick stated that he read his first science fiction magazine, Stirring Science Stories in 1940 at the age of 12.Sutin p.3(File:PKD5302.jpg|thumb|175px|PKD c. 1953)Dick attended Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. He and fellow science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin were members of the same graduating class (1947) but did not know each other at the time. After graduation, he briefly attended the University of California, Berkeley, (September 1949 to November 11, 1949) with an honorable dismissal granted January 1, 1950. Dick did not declare a major and took classes in history, psychology, philosophy, and zoology. Through his studies in philosophy, he believed that existence is based on internal human perception, which does not necessarily correspond to external reality; he described himself as "an acosmic panentheist," believing in the universe only as an extension of God.Dick, Philip K. "An Interview With America's Most Brilliant Science-Fiction Writer" Interview by Joe Vitale. Interview With Philip K Dick. Print Interviews. Web. October 22, 2011. After reading the works of Plato and pondering the possibilities of metaphysical realms, Dick came to the conclusion that, in a certain sense, the world is not entirely real and there is no way to confirm whether it is truly there. This question from his early studies persisted as a theme in many of his novels. Dick dropped out because of ongoing anxiety problems, according to his third wife Anne's memoir. She also says he disliked the mandatory ROTC training. At Berkeley, Dick befriended poet Robert Duncan and poet and linguist Jack Spicer, who gave Dick ideas for a Martian language. Dick claimed to have hosted a classical music program on KSMO Radio in 1947.Sutin, p. 53 From 1948 to 1952, Dick worked at Art Music Company, a record store on Telegraph Avenue.


    Early writing

    File:Galaxy 195301.jpg|thumb|right|Dick's novelette "The Defenders" was the cover story for the January 1953 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction, illustrated by Ed EmshwillerEd EmshwillerFile:Science fiction quarterly 195305.jpg|thumb|right|Dick's short story "The World She Wanted" took the cover of the May 1953 issue of Science Fiction QuarterlyScience Fiction QuarterlyFile:Satellite science fiction 195612.jpg|thumb|right|Dick's novel The Cosmic Puppets originally appeared in the December 1956 issue of Satellite Science FictionSatellite Science FictionDick sold his first story, “Roog”, in 1951, about “a dog who imagined that the garbagemen who came every Friday morning were stealing valuable food which the family had carefully stored away in a safe metal container”{{Citation |author= Philip K. Dick |year= 1978 |title= How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later |publisher= urbigenous |url=weblink |accessdate= 2019-02-10 }}, and from then on wrote full-time. During 1952, his first speculative fiction publications appeared in July and September numbers of Planet Stories, edited by Jack O'Sullivan, and in If and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction that year. His debut novel was Solar Lottery, published in 1955 as half of Ace Double #D-103 alongside The Big Jump by Leigh Brackett. The 1950s were a difficult and impoverished time for Dick, who once lamented, "We couldn't even pay the late fees on a library book." He published almost exclusively within the science fiction genre, but dreamed of a career in mainstream fiction.WEB,weblink Philip K. Dick: The Man And His Movies, HELEN, O'HARA, Empire, During the 1950s, he produced a series of non-genre, relatively conventional novels. In 1960, he wrote that he was willing to "take twenty to thirty years to succeed as a literary writer". The dream of mainstream success formally died in January 1963 when the Scott Meredith Literary Agency returned all of his unsold mainstream novels. Only one of these works, Confessions of a Crap Artist, was published during Dick's lifetime.In 1963, Dick won the Hugo Award for The Man in the High Castle. Although he was hailed as a genius in the science fiction world, the mainstream literary world was unappreciative, and he could publish books only through low-paying science fiction publishers such as Ace. Even in his later years, he continued to have financial troubles. In the introduction to the 1980 short story collection The Golden Man, Dick wrote:

    Flight to Canada and suicide attempt

    In 1971, Dick's marriage to Nancy Hackett broke down, and she moved out of their house in Santa Venetia, California. Having struggled with amphetamine abuse for much of the past decade (stemming in part from his need to maintain a prolific writing regimen due to the financial exigencies of the science fiction field), he allowed other drug users to move into the house. Following the release of 21 novels between 1960 and 1970, these developments were exacerbated by unprecedented periods of writer's block, with Dick ultimately failing to publish new fiction until 1974.BOOK,weblink The Pocket Essential Philip K. Dick, Andrew M., Butler, Oldcastle Books, May 24, 2012, June 26, 2015, One day in November, Dick returned to his home to discover that it had been burglarized, with his safe blown open and personal papers missing. The police were unable to determine the culprit, and even suspected Dick of having done it himself.JOURNAL,weblink Mad Flight of a Manic Phoenix, or: Philip K. Dick in Vancouver (1972), Cameron, R. Graeme, Amazing Stories, June 20, 2014, June 26, 2015, Shortly afterwards, he was invited to be guest of honor at the Vancouver Science Fiction Convention in February 1972. Within a day of arriving at the conference and giving his speech The Android and the Human, he informed people that he had fallen in love with a woman named Janis whom he had met there and announced that he would be remaining in Vancouver. An attendee of the conference, Michael Walsh, movie critic for local newspaper The Province, invited Dick to stay in his home, but asked him to leave two weeks later due to his erratic behavior. This was followed by Janis ending her and Dick's relationship and moving away. On March 23, 1972, Dick attempted suicide by taking an overdose of the sedative potassium bromide. Subsequently, after deciding to seek help, Dick became a participant in X-Kalay (a Canadian Synanon-type recovery program), and was well enough by April to return to California.Upon relocating to Orange County, California at the behest of California State University, Fullerton professor Willis McNelly (who initiated a correspondence with Dick during his X-Kalay stint), he donated manuscripts, papers and other materials to the University's Special Collections Library, where they are archived in the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Collection in the Pollak Library. During this period, Dick befriended a circle of Fullerton State students that encompassed several aspiring science fiction writers, including K. W. Jeter, James Blaylock and Tim Powers.Dick returned to the events of these months while writing his 1977 novel A Scanner Darkly,WEB,weblink The drugs did work, Philip, Purser-Hallard, August 11, 2006, The Guardian, which contains fictionalized depictions of the burglary of his home, his time using amphetamines and living with addicts, and his experiences of X-Kalay (portrayed in the novel as "New-Path"). A factual account of Dick's recovery program participation was portrayed in his posthumously released book The Dark Haired Girl, a collection of letters and journals from the period.

    Paranormal experiences

    On February 20, 1974, while recovering from the effects of sodium pentothal administered for the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth, Dick received a home delivery of Darvon from a young woman. When he opened the door, he was struck by the beauty of the dark-haired girl and was especially drawn to her golden necklace. He asked her about its curious fish-shaped design. "This is a sign used by the early Christians," she said, and then left. Dick called the symbol the "vesicle pisces". This name seems to have been based on his conflation of two related symbols, the Christian ichthys symbol (two intersecting arcs delineating a fish in profile) which the woman was wearing, and the vesica piscis.WEB, Admin, System,weblink Philip K Dick and the Vesica Piscis « From Around The Web « Mindscape magazine,, March 30, 2012, November 12, 2013, Dick recounted that as the sun glinted off the gold pendant, the reflection caused the generation of a "pink beam" of light that mesmerized him. He came to believe the beam imparted wisdom and clairvoyance, and also believed it to be intelligent. On one occasion, Dick was startled by a separate recurrence of the pink beam. It imparted the information to him that his infant son was ill. The Dicks rushed the child to the hospital, where his suspicion was confirmed by professional diagnosis."Prophets of Science Fiction: Philip K. Dick". The Science Channel. Aired Wednesday, November 17, 2011.{{Verify source|date=March 2017}}After the woman's departure, Dick began experiencing strange hallucinations. Although initially attributing them to side effects from medication, he considered this explanation implausible after weeks of continued hallucinations. "I experienced an invasion of my mind by a transcendentally rational mind, as if I had been insane all my life and suddenly I had become sane," Dick told Charles Platt.Throughout February and March 1974, Dick experienced a series of hallucinations, which he referred to as "2-3-74", shorthand for February–March 1974. Aside from the "pink beam", Dick described the initial hallucinations as geometric patterns, and, occasionally, brief pictures of Jesus and ancient Rome. As the hallucinations increased in length and frequency, Dick claimed he began to live two parallel lives, one as himself, "Philip K. Dick", and one as "Thomas", a Christian persecuted by Romans in the first century AD. He referred to the "transcendentally rational mind" as "Zebra", "God" and "VALIS". Dick wrote about the experiences, first in the semi-autobiographical novel Radio Free Albemuth and then in VALIS, The Divine Invasion and the unfinished The Owl in Daylight (the VALIS trilogy).In 1974, Dick wrote a letter to the FBI, accusing various people, including University of California, San Diego professor Frederic Jameson, of being foreign agents of Warsaw Pact powers.Dick, Philip K. 'The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick: 1974', Underwood-Miller, 1991, p. 235 He also wrote that Stanisław Lem was probably a false name used by a composite committee operating on orders of the Communist party to gain control over public opinion."Philip K. Dick: Stanisław Lem is a Communist Committee", Matt Davies, April 29, 2015At one point, Dick felt that he had been taken over by the spirit of the prophet Elijah. He believed that an episode in his novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said was a detailed retelling of a biblical story from the Book of Acts, which he had never read.WEB, The Religious Affiliation of Science Fiction Writer Philip K. Dick, Famous Science Fiction Writers / Famous Episcopalians,, July 25, 2005,weblink April 14, 2008, Dick documented and discussed his experiences and faith in a private journal he called his "exegesis", portions of which were later published as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. The last novel Dick wrote was The Transmigration of Timothy Archer; it was published shortly after his death in 1982.

    Personal life

    Dick was married five times:
    • Jeanette Marlin (May to November 1948)
    • Kleo Apostolides (June 14, 1950 to 1959)
    • Anne Williams Rubinstein (April 1, 1959 to October 1965)
    • Nancy Hackett (July 6, 1966 to 1972)
    • Leslie "Tessa" Busby (April 18, 1973 to 1977)
    Dick had three children, Laura Archer Dick (born February 25, 1960 to Dick and his third wife, Anne Williams Rubenstein), Isolde Freya Dick (now Isa Dick Hackett) (born March 15, 1967 to Dick and his fourth wife, Nancy Hackett), and Christopher Kenneth Dick (born July 25, 1973 to Dick and his fifth wife, Leslie "Tessa" Busby).In 1955, he and his second wife, Kleo Apostolides, received a visit from the FBI, which they believed to be the result of Kleo's socialist views and left-wing activities. The couple briefly befriended one of the FBI agents.Sutin, pp. 83–84He was physically abusive with his third wife, Anne Williams Rubinstein; after one argument in 1963, he attempted to push her off a cliff in a car, then later claimed she was trying to kill him, and convinced a psychiatrist to commit her involuntarily. After filing for divorce in 1964, he moved to Oakland to live with a fan, Grania Davis. Shortly after, he attempted suicide by driving off the road while she was a passenger.BOOK,weblink 53–56, The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick, Arnold, Kyle, 2016-05-02, 0190498315, Oxford University Press, 2018-06-16, Dick tried to stay out of the political scene because of high societal turmoil from the Vietnam War; however, he did show some anti-Vietnam War and anti-governmental sentiments. In 1968, he joined the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest","Writers and Editors War Tax Protest". New York Post. January 30, 1968. an anti-war pledge to pay no U.S. federal income tax, which resulted in the confiscation of his car by the IRS.


    On February 17, 1982, after completing an interview, Dick contacted his therapist, complaining of failing eyesight, and was advised to go to a hospital immediately, but did not. The following day, he was found unconscious on the floor of his Santa Ana, California home, having suffered a stroke. On February 25, 1982, Dick suffered another stroke in the hospital, which led to brain death. Five days later, on March 2, 1982, he was disconnected from life support and died. After his death, Dick's father, Joseph, took his son's ashes to Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan, Colorado, (section K, block 1, lot 56), where they were buried next to his twin sister Jane, who died in infancy. Her tombstone had been inscribed with both of their names at the time of her death, 53 years earlier.Sutin, pg.289WEB, Find A Grave: Philip K. Dick,weblink He died months before the release of the Blade Runner film.

    Style and works


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    }}Dick's stories typically focus on the fragile nature of what is real and the construction of personal identity. His stories often become surreal fantasies, as the main characters slowly discover that their everyday world is actually an illusion assembled by powerful external entities, such as the suspended animation in Ubik, vast political conspiracies or the vicissitudes of an unreliable narrator. "All of his work starts with the basic assumption that there cannot be one, single, objective reality", writes science fiction author Charles Platt. "Everything is a matter of perception. The ground is liable to shift under your feet. A protagonist may find himself living out another person's dream, or he may enter a drug-induced state that actually makes better sense than the real world, or he may cross into a different universe completely."BOOK, Platt, Charles, Charles Platt (science-fiction author), Dream Makers: The Uncommon People Who Write Science Fiction, Berkley Publishing, 1980, 0-425-04668-0, Alternate universes and simulacra are common plot devices, with fictional worlds inhabited by common, working people, rather than galactic elites. "There are no heroes in Dick's books", Ursula K. Le Guin wrote, "but there are heroics. One is reminded of Dickens: what counts is the honesty, constancy, kindness and patience of ordinary people."WEB, Criticism and analysis, Gale Research, 1996,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink March 7, 2007, April 20, 2007, Dick made no secret that much of his thinking and work was heavily influenced by the writings of Carl Jung.BOOK, I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philp K. Dick, Carrère, Emmanuel, 2004, Metropolitan Books, New York, 0-8050-5464-2, A Conversation With Philip K. Dick {{webarchive |url= |date=May 11, 2012 }} The Jungian constructs and models that most concerned Dick seem to be the archetypes of the collective unconscious, group projection/hallucination, synchronicities, and personality theory. Many of Dick's protagonists overtly analyze reality and their perceptions in Jungian terms (see Lies Inc.). Dick's self-named Exegesis also contained many notes on Jung in relation to theology and mysticism.{{Citation needed|date=December 2007}}Dick identified one major theme of his work as the question, "What constitutes the authentic human being?"BOOK, Dick, Philip K., I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon, 1985, Doubleday (publisher), Doubleday, 0-385-19567-2, 2, In works such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, beings can appear totally human in every respect while lacking soul or compassion, while completely alien beings such as Glimmung in Galactic Pot-Healer may be more humane and complex than their human peers.Mental illness was a constant interest of Dick's, and themes of mental illness permeate his work. The character Jack Bohlen in the 1964 novel Martian Time-Slip is an "ex-schizophrenic". The novel Clans of the Alphane Moon centers on an entire society made up of descendants of lunatic asylum inmates. In 1965, he wrote the essay titled "Schizophrenia and the Book of Changes".Sutin, npgDrug use (including religious, recreational, and abuse) was also a theme in many of Dick's works, such as A Scanner Darkly and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. Dick himself was a drug user for much of his life. According to a 1975 interview in Rolling Stone,WEB, Williams, Paul, The Most Brilliant Sci-Fi Mind on Any Planet: Philip K. Dick, Rolling Stone, November 6, 1975,weblink November 10, 2014, Dick wrote all of his books published before 1970 while on amphetamines. "A Scanner Darkly (1977) was the first complete novel I had written without speed", said Dick in the interview. He also experimented briefly with psychedelics, but wrote The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, which Rolling Stone dubs "the classic LSD novel of all time", before he had ever tried them. Despite his heavy amphetamine use, however, Dick later said that doctors told him the amphetamines never actually affected him, that his liver had processed them before they reached his brain.Summing up all these themes in Understanding Philip K. Dick, Eric Carl Link discussed eight themes or 'ideas and motifs':BOOK, Link, Eric Carl, Understanding Philip K. Dick, 48, University of South Carolina Press, 2010, 978-1-57003-855-6, Epistemology and the Nature of Reality, Know Thyself, The Android and the Human, Entropy and Pot Healing, The Theodicy Problem, Warfare and Power Politics, The Evolved Human, and 'Technology, Media, Drugs and Madness'.BOOK, Link, Eric Carl, Understanding Philip K. Dick, 48–101, University of South Carolina Press, 2010, 978-1-57003-855-6,

    Pen names

    Dick had two professional stories published under the pen names Richard Phillipps and Jack Dowland. "Some Kinds of Life" was published in October 1953 in Fantastic Universe under byline Richard Phillipps, apparently because the magazine had a policy against publishing multiple stories by the same author in the same issue; "Planet for Transients" was published in the same issue under his own name.Levack, Daniel (1981). PKD: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, Underwood/Miller, pp. 116, 126 {{ISBN|0-934438-33-1}}The short story "Orpheus with Clay Feet" was published under the pen name Jack Dowland. The protagonist desires to be the muse for fictional author Jack Dowland, considered the greatest science fiction author of the 20th century. In the story, Dowland publishes a short story titled "Orpheus with Clay Feet" under the pen name Philip K. Dick.The surname Dowland refers to Renaissance composer John Dowland, who is featured in several works. The title Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said directly refers to Dowland's best-known composition, "Flow My Tears". In the novel The Divine Invasion, the character Linda Fox, created specifically with Linda Ronstadt in mind, is an intergalactically famous singer whose entire body of work consists of recordings of John Dowland compositions.

    Selected works

    {{For|complete bibliography|Philip K. Dick bibliography}}The Man in the High Castle (1962) is set in an alternate history in which the United States is ruled by the victorious Axis powers. It is the only Dick novel to win a Hugo Award. In 2015 this was adapted into a television series by Amazon Studios.The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965) utilizes an array of science fiction concepts and features several layers of reality and unreality. It is also one of Dick's first works to explore religious themes. The novel takes place in the 21st century, when, under UN authority, mankind has colonized the Solar System's every habitable planet and moon. Life is physically daunting and psychologically monotonous for most colonists, so the UN must draft people to go to the colonies. Most entertain themselves using "Perky Pat" dolls and accessories manufactured by Earth-based "P.P. Layouts". The company also secretly creates "Can-D", an illegal but widely available hallucinogenic drug allowing the user to "translate" into Perky Pat (if the drug user is a woman) or Pat's boyfriend, Walt (if the drug user is a man). This recreational use of Can-D allows colonists to experience a few minutes of an idealized life on Earth by participating in a collective hallucination.Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) is the story of a bounty hunter policing the local android population. It occurs on a dying, poisoned Earth de-populated of almost all animals and all "successful" humans; the only remaining inhabitants of the planet are people with no prospects off-world. The 1968 novel is the literary source of the film Blade Runner (1982).^ Sammon, Paul M. (1996). Future Noir: the Making of Blade Runner. London: Orion Media. p. 49. {{ISBN|0-06-105314-7}}. It is both a conflation and an intensification of the pivotally Dickian question: What is real, what is fake? What crucial factor defines humanity as distinctly "alive", versus those merely alive only in their outward appearance?Ubik (1969) employs extensive psychic telepathy and a suspended state after death in creating a state of eroding reality. A group of psychics is sent to investigate a rival organisation, but several of them are apparently killed by a saboteur's bomb. Much of the following novel flicks between different equally plausible realities and the "real" reality, a state of half-life and psychically manipulated realities. In 2005, Time magazine listed it among the "All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels" published since 1923.Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974) concerns Jason Taverner, a television star living in a dystopian near-future police state. After being attacked by an angry ex-girlfriend, Taverner awakens in a dingy Los Angeles hotel room. He still has his money in his wallet, but his identification cards are missing. This is no minor inconvenience, as security checkpoints (manned by "pols" and "nats", the police and National Guard) are set up throughout the city to stop and arrest anyone without valid ID. Jason at first thinks that he was robbed, but soon discovers that his entire identity has been erased. There is no record of him in any official database, and even his closest associates do not recognize or remember him. For the first time in many years, Jason has no fame or reputation to rely on. He has only his innate charm and social graces to help him as he tries to find out what happened to his past while avoiding the attention of the pols. The novel was Dick's first published novel after years of silence, during which time his critical reputation had grown, and this novel was awarded the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. It is the only Philip K. Dick novel nominated for both a Hugo and a Nebula Award.In an essay written two years before his death, Dick described how he learned from his Episcopal priest that an important scene in Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said – involving its other main character, the eponymous Police General Felix Buckman, was very similar to a scene in Acts of the Apostles, a book of the New Testament. Film director Richard Linklater discusses this novel in his film Waking Life, which begins with a scene reminiscent of another Dick novel, Time Out of Joint.A Scanner Darkly (1977) is a bleak mixture of science fiction and police procedural novels; in its story, an undercover narcotics police detective begins to lose touch with reality after falling victim to the same permanently mind-altering drug, Substance D, he was enlisted to help fight. Substance D is instantly addictive, beginning with a pleasant euphoria which is quickly replaced with increasing confusion, hallucinations and eventually total psychosis. In this novel, as with all Dick novels, there is an underlying thread of paranoia and dissociation with multiple realities perceived simultaneously. It was adapted to film by Richard Linklater.The Philip K. Dick ReaderBOOK, Dick, Philip K., Philip K. Dick Reader, The, 1997, Citadel Press, New York, NY, 0-8065-1856-1, is an introduction to the variety of Dick's short fiction.VALIS (1980) is perhaps Dick's most postmodern and autobiographical novel, examining his own unexplained experiences. It may also be his most academically studied work, and was adapted as an opera by Tod Machover.WEB, Machover, Tod
    title = Valis CDMIT Media Lab> url =weblinkarchiveurl =weblink" title="">weblink March 12, 2008, Later works like the VALIS trilogy were heavily autobiographical, many with "two-three-seventy-four" (2-3-74) references and influences. The word VALIS is the acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System. Later, Dick theorized that VALIS was both a "reality generator" and a means of extraterrestrial communication. A fourth VALIS manuscript, Radio Free Albemuth, although composed in 1976, was posthumously published in 1985. This work is described by the publisher (Arbor House) as "an introduction and key to his magnificent VALIS trilogy".Regardless of the feeling that he was somehow experiencing a divine communication, Dick was never fully able to rationalize the events. For the rest of his life, he struggled to comprehend what was occurring, questioning his own sanity and perception of reality. He transcribed what thoughts he could into an eight-thousand-page, one-million-word journal dubbed the Exegesis. From 1974 until his death in 1982, Dick spent many nights writing in this journal. A recurring theme in Exegesis is Dick's hypothesis that history had been stopped in the first century AD, and that "the Empire never ended". He saw Rome as the pinnacle of materialism and despotism, which, after forcing the Gnostics underground, had kept the population of Earth enslaved to worldly possessions. Dick believed that VALIS had communicated with him, and anonymously others, to induce the impeachment of U.S. President Richard Nixon, whom Dick believed to be the current Emperor of Rome incarnate.In a 1968 essay titled "Self Portrait", collected in the 1995 book The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick, Dick reflects on his work and lists which books he feels "might escape World War Three": Eye in the Sky, The Man in the High Castle, Martian Time-Slip, Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb, The Zap Gun, The Penultimate Truth, The Simulacra, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (which he refers to as "the most vital of them all"), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Ubik.Philip K. Dick, "Self Portrait", 1968, (The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick, 1995) In a 1976 interview, Dick cited A Scanner Darkly as his best work, feeling that he "had finally written a true masterpiece, after 25 years of writing".AN INTERVIEW WITH PHILIP K. DICK {{webarchive|url= |date=May 11, 2012 }} Daniel DePerez, September 10, 1976, Science Fiction Review, No. 19, Vol. 5, no. 3, August 1976In the 1973 science fiction short story, The Pre-persons, he criticizes American pro-abortion law.



    Several of Dick's stories have been made into films. Dick himself wrote a screenplay for an intended film adaptation of Ubik in 1974, but the film was never made. Many film adaptations have not used Dick's original titles. When asked why this was, Dick's ex-wife Tessa said, "Actually, the books rarely carry Phil's original titles, as the editors usually wrote new titles after reading his manuscripts. Phil often commented that he couldn't write good titles. If he could, he would have been an advertising writer instead of a novelist."WEB, Knight, Annie, John T Cullen, the staff of Deep Outside SFFH, About Philip K. Dick: An interview with Tessa, Chris, and Ranea Dick, Deep Outside SFFH, Far Sector SFFH, November 2002,weblink April 14, 2008, Films based on Dick's writing had accumulated a total revenue of over US $1 billion by 2009.WEB, Philip K. Dick Films, Philip K. Dick Trust, August 11, 2009,weblink September 3, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink August 22, 2010, Future films based on Dick's writing include an animated adaptation of The King of the Elves from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which was set to be released in the spring of 2016 but is currently still in preproduction; and a film adaptation of Ubik which, according to Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, is in advanced negotiation.WEB, Roberts, Randall,weblink,, November 12, 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink December 11, 2007, mdy-all, Ubik was set to be made into a film by Michel Gondry.WEB,weblink Ubik (2010) - Preview, Sci-Fi Movie Page, November 12, 2013, In 2014, however, Gondry told French outlet Telerama (via Jeux Actu), that he was no longer working on the project.The Terminator series prominently features the theme of humanoid assassination machines first portrayed in Second Variety. The Halcyon Company, known for developing the Terminator franchise, acquired right of first refusal to film adaptations of the works of Philip K. Dick in 2007. In May 2009, they announced plans for an adaptation of Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.Philip K. Dick's 'Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said' Being Adapted Alex Billington,, May 12, 2009


    It was reported in 2010 that Ridley Scott would produce an adaptation of The Man in the High Castle for the BBC, in the form of a mini-series.NEWS, Ridley Scott to return to work of sci-fi icon for BBC mini-series: Blade Runner director to executive produce four-part BBC1 adaptation of Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle, Sweney, Mark, October 7, 2010, The Observer,weblink A pilot episode was released on Amazon Prime in January 2015 and Season 1 was fully released in ten episodes of about 60 minutes each on November 20, 2015.WEB,weblink The Man In The High Castle – Season 1: Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel De La Fuente, Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa, Rufus Sewell, David Semel, Daniel Percival, Ken Olin, Michael Rymer, Bryan Spicer, Nelson Mccormick, Brad Anderson, Karyn Kusama, Michael Slovis, Frank Spotnitz, Thomas Schnauz, Evan Wright, Jace Richdale, Rob Williams, Emma Frost, Walon Green, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Isa Dick Hackett, Christopher Tricarico, Stewart Mackinnon, Chrtistian Baute, Richard Heus, Dan Percival, Jordan Sheehan, Kalen Egan, Erin Smith, Philip K. Dick, Premiering in January 2015, the pilot was Amazon's "most-watched since the original series development program began." The next month Amazon ordered episodes to fill out a ten-episode season, which was released in November, to positive reviews. A second season of ten episodes premiered in December 2016, with a third season announced a few weeks later to be released in 2018. In July 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a fourth season.WEB,weblink 'Man In The High Castle' Renewed For Season 4; Unveils Season 3 Premiere Date & Trailer – Comic-Con, Patten, Dominic, Deadline, July 21, 2018, July 22, 2018, In late 2015, Fox aired Minority Report, a television series sequel adaptation to the 2002 film of the same name based on Dick's 1956 short story "The Minority Report". The show was cancelled after one 10 episode season.In May 2016, it was announced that a 10-part anthology series was in the works. Titled Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, the series will be distributed by Sony Pictures Television and premiered on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and Amazon Video in the United States.WEB,weblink Amazon Grabs U.S. Rights to Bryan Cranston's 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams' Anthology Series, Cynthia Littleton, Variety, It was written by executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner, with executive input from Dick's daughter Isa Dick Hackett, and stars Bryan Cranston, also an executive producer.WEB,weblink Bryan Cranston to Star in Philip K. Dick Series From 'Outlander's' Ron Moore, Lodderhose, Diana, May 10, 2016,, May 11, 2016,

    Stage and radio

    Four of Dick's works have been adapted for the stage.One was the opera VALIS, composed and with libretto by Tod Machover, which premiered at the Pompidou Center in Paris on December 1, 1987, with a French libretto. It was subsequently revised and readapted into English, and was recorded and released on CD (Bridge Records BCD9007) in 1988.Another was Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, adapted by Linda Hartinian and produced by the New York-based avant-garde company Mabou Mines. It premiered in Boston at the Boston Shakespeare Theatre (June 18–30, 1985) and was subsequently staged in New York and Chicago. Productions of Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said were also staged by the Evidence Room WEB,weblink evidEnce room – past productions, yes,weblink" title="">weblink February 7, 2012, mdy-all, in Los Angeles in 1999NEWS, Foley, Kathleen, 'Flow My Tears' Has Hallucinatory Style,weblink May 28, 2012, Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1999, and by the Fifth Column Theatre Company at the Oval House Theatre in London in the same year.WEB,weblink Archived NTK email newsletter from 11 June 1999,, November 12, 2013, A play based on Radio Free Albemuth also had a brief run in the 1980s.In November 2010, a production of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, adapted by Edward Einhorn, premiered at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in Manhattan.NEWS, Jason, Zinoman, A Test for Humanity in a Post-Apocalyptic World, The New York Times, December 3, 2010,weblink A radio drama adaptation of Dick's short story "Mr. Spaceship" was aired by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yleisradio) in 1996 under the name Menolippu Paratiisiin. Radio dramatizations of Dick's short stories Colony and The DefendersWEB,weblink The Defenders, Project Gutenberg, were aired by NBC in 1956 as part of the series X Minus One.In January 2006, a The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (English for Trzy stygmaty Palmera Eldritcha) theatre adaptation premiered in Stary Teatr in Cracov, with an extensive use of lights and laser choreography.WEB,weblink Przedstawienie Trzy stygmaty Palmera Eldritcha,, October 10, 2016, WEB,weblink Trzy stygmaty Palmera Eldritcha – Stary Teatr,, October 10, 2016, In June 2014 the BBC broadcast a two part adaptation of 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?' on Radio 4, starring James Purefoy as Rick Deckard.WEB,weblink Episode 1, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Dangerous Visions - BBC Radio 4, BBC,


    Marvel Comics adapted Dick's short story "The Electric Ant" as a limited series which was released in 2009. The comic was produced by writer David Mack (Daredevil) and artist Pascal Alixe (Ultimate X-Men), with covers provided by artist Paul Pope.WEB, MARVEL BRINGS PHILIP K DICK'S ELECTRIC ANT TO LIFE IN NEW SERIES,, July 24, 2008,weblink yes,weblink" title="">weblink August 12, 2012, "The Electric Ant" had earlier been loosely adapted by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow in their 3-issue mini-series Hard Boiled published by Dark Horse Comics in 1990-1992.SDCC 08: PHILIP K. DICK COMES TO MARVEL www.ign.comIn 2009, BOOM! Studios started publishing a 24-issue miniseries comic book adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Philip K. Dick Press Release – BOOM! ANNOUNCES DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? {{webarchive |url= |date=September 20, 2012 }} Blade Runner, the 1982 film adapted from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, had previously been adapted to comics as (A Marvel Comics Super Special: Blade Runner).In 2011, Dynamite Entertainment published a 4-issue miniseries "Total Recall," a sequel to the 1990 film Total Recall, inspired by Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale".TOTAL RECALL #1 (OF 4) In 1990, DC Comics published the official adaptation of the original film as a DC Movie Special: Total Recall.Total Recall #1

    Alternative formats

    In response to a 1975 request from the National Library for the Blind for permission to make use of The Man in the High Castle, Dick responded, "I also grant you a general permission to transcribe any of my former, present or future work, so indeed you can add my name to your 'general permission' list."The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick, 1975–1976. Novato, California : Underwood-Miller, 1993 (Trade edition) {{ISBN|0-88733-111-4}} p. 240 Some of his books and stories are available in braille and other specialized formats through the NLS.WEB,weblink Home Page of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS),, October 28, 2013, November 12, 2013, {{wikisource|Author:Philip K. Dick|Philip K. Dick}}As of December 2012, thirteen of Philip K. Dick's early works in the public domain in the United States are available in ebook form from Project Gutenberg. As of April 4, 2012, Wikisource has one of Philip K. Dick's early works in the public domain in the United States available in ebook form which is not from Project Gutenberg.

    Influence and legacy

    Lawrence Sutin's 1989 biography of Dick, Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick, is considered the standard biographical treatment of Dick's life.In 1993, French writer Emmanuel Carrère published Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts which was first translated and published in English in 2004 as I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick, which the author describes in his preface in this way:The book you hold in your hands is a very peculiar book. I have tried to depict the life of Philip K. Dick from the inside, in other words, with the same freedom and empathy – indeed with the same truth – with which he depicted his own characters. Critics of the book have complained about the lack of fact checking, sourcing, notes and index, "the usual evidence of deep research that gives a biography the solid stamp of authority."NEWS, Sean, O'Hagen, What a clever Dick,weblink The Observer, UK, June 12, 2005, April 15, 2008, NEWS, Charles, Taylor, Just Imagine Philip K. Dick,weblink The New York Times, June 20, 2004, April 15, 2008, NEWS, Michael, Berry, The dead no longer lie in grave silence,weblink San Francisco Chronicle, July 4, 2004, April 15, 2008, It can be considered a non-fiction novel about his life.Dick has influenced many writers, including Jonathan LethemMiddlehurst, Charlotte. "Jonathan Lethem to Appear in Shanghai Time Out Shanghai (September 26, 2011) and Ursula K. Le Guin.The SF Site Featured Review: The Lathe of Heaven, SF Site The prominent literary critic Fredric Jameson proclaimed Dick the "Shakespeare of Science Fiction", and praised his work as "one of the most powerful expressions of the society of spectacle and pseudo-event".Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions, London and New York: Verso, 2005, p. 345; p. 347. The author Roberto Bolaño also praised Dick, describing him as "Thoreau plus the death of the American dream".WEB, Biography and Memoir Reviews,weblink Between Parentheses by Roberto Bolaño: review, Telegraph, November 12, 2013, Dick has also influenced filmmakers, his work being compared to films such as the Wachowskis' The Matrix,WEB,weblink Scriptorium – Philip K. Dick,, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 12, 2008, mdy-all, David Cronenberg's Videodrome,How Hollywood woke up to a dark genius, The Daily Telegraph {{webarchive|url= |date=November 11, 2014 }} eXistenZ, and Spider, Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,WEB,weblink Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sal Cinquemani, September 25, 2004, Slant Magazine, WEB,weblink Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian, Alex Proyas's Dark City, Peter Weir's The Truman Show, Andrew Niccol's Gattaca, In Time,WEB, SDCC TRAILER: Timberlake and Seyfried on the run in IN TIME,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, April 5, 2012, July 22, 2011, Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, Alejandro Amenábar's Open Your Eyes,WEB, Alejandro Amenábar Fernando Cantos,weblink January 9, 2011, David Fincher's Fight Club, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, Darren Aronofsky's Pi,Philip K. Dick's Future Is Now, Washington Post {{webarchive| |date=June 4, 2011 }} Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko[ Donnie Darko], {{webarchive |url= |date=July 3, 2009 }} and Southland Tales,Richard Kelly’s Revelations: Defending Southland Tales., Cinema Scope {{webarchive |url= |date=September 10, 2011 }} Rian Johnson's Looper,WEB,weblink Noir to near-future: 'Looper' director Rian Johnson talks sci-fi, Twitter, and the fate of film, Bryan Bishop, August 30, 2012, Vox Media, The Verge, Duncan Jones' Source Code, and Christopher Nolan's MementoWEB,weblink The Second Coming of Philip K. Dick, Frank Rose, December 1, 2003, WIRED, and Inception.Could Inception trigger a new wave of sci-fi cinema?, Den of GeekThe Philip K. Dick Society was an organization dedicated to promoting the literary works of Dick and was led by Dick's longtime friend and music journalist Paul Williams. Williams also served as Dick's literary executor for several years after Dick's death and wrote one of the first biographies of Dick, entitled Only Apparently Real: The World of Philip K. Dick.The Philip K. Dick estate owns and operates the production company Electric Shepherd Productions,NEWS,weblink Boom! to Collect 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', July 7, 2015,, November 28, 2015, which has produced the films Adjustment Bureau (2011) and the upcoming Walt Disney Company film King of the Elves, the TV series The Man in the High CastleNEWS,weblink Amazon's 'Man in the High Castle' TV series has made Philip K. Dick's original book a bestseller, November 20, 2015,, November 28, 2015, and also a Marvel Comics 5-issue adaptation of Electric Ant.NEWS,weblink Dee Rees To Adapt Philip K. Dick's 'Martian Time-Slip', October 17, 2013,, November 28, 2015, Dick was recreated by his fans in the form of a simulacrum or remote-controlled android designed in his likeness.PRESS RELEASE, About The Philip K. Dick Android Project: A Note from Laura and Isa, Philip K. Dick Trust, June 24, 2005,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink August 12, 2012, April 14, 2008, Nova ScienceNow, "Next Big Thing"WEB,weblink PKD Android, June 11, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink October 1, 2009, yes, mdy-all, Such simulacra had been themes of many of Dick's works. The Philip K. Dick simulacrum was included on a discussion panel in a San Diego Comic Con presentation about the film adaptation of the novel, A Scanner Darkly. In February 2006, an America West Airlines employee misplaced the android's head, and it has not yet been found.NEWS, Waxman, Sharon, A Strange Loss of Face, More Than Embarrassing, The New York Times, June 24, 2006,weblink April 14, 2008, In January 2011, it was announced that Hanson Robotics had built a replacement.NEWS, Lamar, Cyriaque, The Lost Robotic Head of Philip K Dick Has Been Rebuilt, io9, January 12, 2011,weblink January 12, 2011,


    • BBC2 released in 1994 a biographical documentary as part of its Arena arts series called Philip K. Dick: A Day in the Afterlife.WEB,weblink "Arena" Philip K Dick: A Day in the Afterlife (TV Episode 1994), timotheyido, April 9, 1994, IMDb,
    • The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick was a documentary film produced in 2001.{{IMDb title|0273244|The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick}}
    • The Penultimate Truth About Philip K. Dick was another biographical documentary film produced in 2007.{{IMDb title|1461696|The Penultimate Truth About Philip K. Dick}}
    • The 1987 film The Trouble with Dick, in which Tom Villard plays a character named "Dick Kendred" (cf. Philip Kindred Dick), who is a science fiction author{{IMDb title|0094187|The Trouble With Dick}}
    • The dialogue of Nikos Nikolaidis' 1987 film Morning Patrol contains excerpts taken from published works authored by Philip K. Dick.
    • The Spanish feature film Próxima (2007) by Carlos Atanes, where the character Felix Cadecq is based on Dick{{citation needed|date=September 2018}}
    • A 2008 film titled Your Name Here, by Matthew Wilder, features Bill Pullman as science fiction author William J. Frick, a character based on DickNEWS, Koehler, Robert, Review: 'Your Name Here',weblink April 3, 2014, Variety (magazine), Variety, July 7, 2008, NEWS, Fischer, Martha, Another Dick Biopic!,weblink April 3, 2014, Moviefone, August 8, 2006,weblink" title="">weblink April 7, 2014, yes, mdy-all, NEWS, Buchanan, Jason, Your Name Here (2008),weblink April 2, 2014, AllMovie, NEWS, Kemp, Cal, CineVegas X: Matthew Wilder Interview – 'Your Name Here',weblink April 2, 2014, Collider, June 17, 2008,
    • The 2010 science fiction film 15 Till Midnight cites Dick's influence with an "acknowledgment to the works of" credit.IMDB "Full credits"
    • The Prophets of Science Fiction episode, Philip K Dick. 2011 DocumentaryWEB,weblink "Prophets of Science Fiction" Philip K. Dick (TV Episode 2011), November 23, 2011, IMDb,
    • In 2013, a Kickstarter campaign was set up for a short film called The Crystal Crypt, based on Dick's short story of the same name.WEB,weblink The Crystal Crypt,, November 12, 2013,

    In fiction

    • Michael Bishop's The Secret Ascension (1987; currently published as Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas), which is set in an alternative universe where his non-genre work is published but his science fiction is banned by a totalitarian United States in thrall to a demonically possessed Richard Nixon.
    • The Faction Paradox novel Of the City of the Saved ... (2004) by Philip Purser-Hallard
    • The short story "The Transmigration of Philip K" (1984) by Michael Swanwick (to be found in the 1991 collection Gravity's Angels)
    • In Ursula K. Le Guin's 1971 novel The Lathe of Heaven, whose characters alter reality through their dreams. Two made-for-TV films based on the novel have been made: The Lathe of Heaven (1980) and Lathe of Heaven (2002)
    • In Thomas M. Disch's The Word of God (2008)Disch, Thomas M. The Word of God. San Francisco:Tachyon, 2008
    • The comics magazine Weirdo published "The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick" by artist R. Crumb in 1986. Though this is not an adaptation of a specific book or story by Dick, it incorporates elements of Dick's experience which he related in short stories, novels, essays, and the Exegesis. The story parodies the form of a Chick tract, a type of evangelical comic, many of which relate the story of an epiphany leading to a conversion to fundamentalist Christianity.
    • In the Batman Beyond episode "Sentries of the Last Cosmos", the character Eldon Michaels claims a typewriter on his desk to have belonged to Philip K. Dick.
    • In the 1976 alternate history novel The Alteration by Kingsley Amis, one of the novels-within-a-novel depicted is The Man in the High Castle (mirroring The Grasshopper Lies Heavy in the real-life novel), still written by Philip K. Dick.NEWS,weblink What if? Alternative history's butterfly moments reach lift-off,, 13 September 2017, Instead of the novel being set in 1962 in an alternate universe where the Axis Powers won the Second World War and named for Hawthorne Abendsen, the author of its novel-within-a-novel, it depicts an alternate universe where the Protestant Reformation occurred (events including the continuation of Henry VIII's Schismatic policies by his son, Henry IX, and the creation of an independent North America in 1848), with one character speculating that the titular character was a wizard.
    • In the Japanese science fiction anime Psycho-Pass, Dick's works are referred to as recommended reading material to help reflect on the current state of affairs of those characters world.
    • The 2016 video game Californium was developed as a tribute to Philip K. Dick and his writings to coincide with an Arte's documentary series.WEB,weblink Californium: A game about the many (sur)realities of Philip K. Dick, Cassandra, Kraw, November 13, 2015, May 12, 2016, Ars Technica,
    • The short film trilogy Code 7 written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo starts with the line "Philip K. Dick presents". The story also contains some other references to Philip K. Dick's body of work.WEB,weblink Código 7, February 8, 2018,,


    • "Flow My Tears" is the name of an instrumental by bassist Stuart Hamm, inspired by Dick's novel of the same name. The track is found on his album Radio Free Albemuth, also named after a Dick novel.WEB,weblink Stuart Hamm "Radio Free Albemuth" – In Review – Guitar Nine,
    • "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said" and other seminal Ph. K. Dick novels inspired the electronic music concept album "The Dowland Shores of Philip K. Dick's Universe"WEB,weblink The Dowland Shores of Philip K. Dick's Universe, CD and digital download album release, by Levente
    • "Flow My Tears the Spider Said" is the final song on They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, the second album by experimental Los Angeles punk-rock outfit Liars.
    • "Listen to the Sirens", the first song on Tubeway Army's 1978 debut album has as its first line "flow my tears, the new police song".
    • American rapper and producer El-P is a noted fan of Dick and other science fiction, as many of Dick's themes, such as paranoia and questions about the nature of reality, feature in El-P's work.WEB,weblink Interviews, Pitchfork, A song on the 2002 album Fantastic Damage is titled "T.O.J." and the chorus makes reference to the Dick work Time Out of Joint.
    • English singer Hugh Cornwell included an instrumental called "Philip K. Ridiculous" on his 2008 album "Hooverdam".WEB,weblink Hugh Cornwell – Interview,,
    • The World/Inferno Friendship Society's 2011 album The Anarchy and the Ecstasy includes a song entitled "Canonize Philip K. Dick, OK".
    • Bloc Party's 2012 album Four contains several references to Dick's work, including a song entitled "V.A.L.I.S.".
    • German singer Pohlmann included a song called "Roy Batty (In Tribute to Philip K. Dick)" on his 2013 album Nix ohne Grund.
    • Sister, a Sonic Youth album, "was in part inspired by the life and works of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick".BOOK, Confusion Is Next: The Sonic Youth Story, Foege, Alec, St. Martin's Griffin, 1994, 163,
    • "What You See" is a song by Faded Paper Figures that pays homage to the literary work of Dick.
    • The first song on Japancakes' debut album If I Could See Dallas is titled 'Now Wait For Last Year'.
    • Janelle Monáe's song "Make the Bus" in her album The ArchAndroid has the lyrics "You've got 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' under your pillow" at the end of the first stanza.
    • Blind Guardian's song "Time What is Time" from the 1992 album "Somewhere Far Beyond" is loosely based on the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?".WEB,weblink Blind Guardian Interview,


    • In June 2014, BBC Radio 4 broadcast The Two Georges by Stephen Keyworth, inspired by the FBI's investigation of Phil and his wife Kleo in 1955, and the subsequent friendship that developed between Phil and FBI Agent Scruggs.WEB,weblink Stephen Keyworth - The Two Georges - BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC,


    • The short play Kindred Blood in Kensington Gore (1992) by Brian W. Aldiss
    • A 2005 play, 800 Words: the Transmigration of Philip K. Dick by Victoria Stewart, which re-imagines Dick's final days.WEB,weblink Core Member Profile Victoria Stewart, May 20, 2008, The Playwrights' Center, March 4, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink May 20, 2008,

    Contemporary philosophy

    Postmodernists such as Jean Baudrillard, Fredric Jameson, Laurence Rickels and Slavoj Žižek have commented on Dick's writing's foreshadowing of postmodernity.BOOK, Myriam Díaz-Diocaretz, Stefan Herbrechter, The Matrix in theory, 136, Rodopi, 2006, 978-90-420-1639-2, Jean Baudrillard offers this interpretation:It is hyperreal. It is a universe of simulation, which is something altogether different. And this is so not because Dick speaks specifically of simulacra. SF has always done so, but it has always played upon the double, on artificial replication or imaginary duplication, whereas here the double has disappeared. There is no more double; one is always already in the other world, an other world which is not another, without mirrors or projection or utopias as means for reflection. The simulation is impassable, unsurpassable, checkmated, without exteriority. We can no longer move "through the mirror" to the other side, as we could during the golden age of transcendence.NEWS,weblink 'Simulacra and Science Fiction', Jean, Baudrillard, Science Fiction Studies, May 26, 2007, For his anti-government skepticism, Philip K. Dick was afforded minor mention in Mythmakers and Lawbreakers, a collection of interviews about fiction by anarchist authors. Noting his early authorship of The Last of the Masters, an anarchist-themed novelette, author Margaret Killjoy expressed that while Dick never fully sided with anarchism, his opposition to government centralization and organized religion has influenced anarchist interpretations of gnosticism.BOOK, harv, Killjoy, Margaret, Mythmakers and Lawbreakers, AK Press, Stirling, 2009, 978-1-84935-002-0, 318877243, 209,

    Awards and honors

    The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Dick in 2005.During his lifetime he received numerous annual literary awards and nominations for particular works. , , , , ,

    Philip K. Dick Award

    The Philip K. Dick Award is a science fiction award that annually recognizes the previous year's best SF paperback original published in the U.S. It is conferred at Norwescon, sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and since 2005 supported by the Philip K. Dick Trust. Winning works are identified on their covers as Best Original SF Paperback. It is currently administered by David G. Hartwell and Gordon Van Gelder.WEB,weblink Philip K. Dick Award, The Locus Index to SF Awards: About the Awards, Locus Publications, March 22, 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 12, 2009, mdy-all, The award was inaugurated in 1983, the year after Dick's death. It was founded by Thomas Disch with assistance from David G. Hartwell, Paul S. Williams, and Charles N. Brown. Past administrators include Algis J. Budrys and David Alexander Smith.{{citation needed|date=March 2013}}

    See also

    {{Wikipedia books|Philip K. Dick}}


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    Further reading

    Primary bibliography
    • Precious Artifacts : A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, United States of America and United Kingdom Editions, 1955 – 2012. Compiled by Henri Wintz and David Hyde. (Wide Books 2012).
    • Precious Artifacts 2: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, The Short Stories, United States, United Kingdom and Oceania, 1952 – 2014. Compiled by Henri Wintz and David Hyde (Wide Books 2014).

    Secondary bibliography

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