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Philip K. Dick (1928 – 1982)

Nationality: American Periods: American: 20th Century

Science Fiction, Dealt with themes of identity and reality

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The Non-science Fiction Novels Of Philip K. Dick (1928–82)
“The transcription of a talk by Bruce Gillespie about some of Phil’s overlooked fiction.”
Contains: Commentary
Author: Bruce Gillespie
From: brg No. 1, October 1990
Philip K. Dick, Cyberpunk
“Many people have seen Dick as a unique figure in science fiction. Iwould argue that some of the themes in his writing anticipated theparticular science fiction movement that so many people now call’cyberpunk’. Not surprisingly, he is often not included in the canonsof this genre, but if his writing is closely examined, there are manyreasons why he should have been.”
Contains: Commentary
Author: Steve Mizrach
From: The Palm Tree Garden of Philip K. Dick http://www.alphane.com/moon/PalmTree/
Philip K. Dick: Reason, Mind, and Being
“…we can see that Philip K. Dick manages to reacquaint us with those forgotten aspects of ourselves that we have forgotten, and in a sense, create a human where a moment before there was only clay. Being is essential to empathy, and both are essential to being human. To stay human requires a sense of paranoia and creativity. Yet all these things temper and are tempered by our logical capabilities. We shift and alter in the continuum of humanness according to our context, yet to be human is a gift we who are so have earned.
Contains: Criticism
Author: Roger D. Cook
Keywords: Science Fiction, Artificial Intelligence, Materialism, Dualism, Functionalism, Central State Identity Theory
Philip K. Dick: The Real Thing
“The occurrences in Philip Dick’s novels are impossible. In what future will you find (a) oneman who may exhibit all the signs of an illness of a man in the next room, (b) a process by which time devolves around a modern man without him going mad, or the whole chemistry of his body collapsing, or (c ) a drug (JJ-180, the star of Now Wait for Last Year ) that literally, magically, turns back the tides of time, wipes out memory or transfers people between different time zones, all in the space of one second? More importantly, how often would you find people who would know what was going on when these things happened? Yet try to invent a science that will explain all the elements in Now Wait for Last Year, for instance.”
Contains: Criticism
Author: Bruce Gillespie
From: SF Commentary 9 (February 1970), pp. 11Ð25
The Real Ideas of Philip K. Dick
“When I say that Dick has been more successful than the other writers, I am in no way making a comparison of the quality of their work Ð I am simply stating that Dick has successfully managed to entertain the average reader without, on the whole, puzzling him.Ê To a large extent this ability has cut him off from the success enjoyed by the other writers outside the limited world of science fiction because his work has, until recently at least, not been obviously allegorical and people who have seen his work have accepted him as a good SF craftsman rather than a Ôserious’ writer working in the medium of SF.Ê Also, by not puzzling the average reader (at least, not very much), by producing a well-rounded superficial plot, he has failed to some extent to show the reader the way through to his underlying themes.”
Contains: Commentary, Works List
Author: Michael Moorcock
From: Vector No. 39, April, 1966, pp. 7-14
Reality, Religion, and Politics in the Fiction of Philip K. Dick
“A series of essays on the writing and ideas of Philip K. Dick presented in eight chapters. This in-depth look at the philosophies behind Dick’s SF and mainstream novels was written for Aaron’s dissertation. “
Contains: Bibliography, Criticism
Author: Aaron Barlow
From: philipKdick.com http://www.philipkdick.com/
Tomorrow’s History, Yesterday’s Future: Philip K. Dick’s Version of the 1950s
“It should be said that Dick’s vision of the 1950s is different than the version we are familiar with from films… Dick’s is a grimier, and therefore apparently more realistic version of the 1950s.”
Contains: Criticism
Author: Andrew Butler
From: The Palm Tree Garden of Philip K. Dick http://www.alphane.com/moon/PalmTree/

Biographical sites about Philip K. Dick

Even Sheep Can Upset Scientific Detachment
“How much of the futuristic and the metaphysical in his work is derived from Philip K. Dick’s Californian past?”
Contains: Commentary
Author: Philip Purser
From: London Daily Telegraph

Other sites about Philip K. Dick

A Conversation With Philip K. Dick
Dick discusses his early career.
Contains: Interview
Author: Richard A. Lupoff
From: Science Fiction Eye Vol. 1, No. 2, August 1987, pp. 45-54
Excerpt from the FBI File of Philip K. Dick
“What follows are some of the more interesting documents from the 30 pages contained in Philip K. Dick’s FBI file.”
From: The Palm Tree Garden of Philip K. Dick http://www.alphane.com/moon/PalmTree/
Hour 25: A Talk With Philip K. Dick
KPFK-FM, North Hollywood, California. June 26, 1976. read the transcript, or listen tot he interview in realAudio.
Contains: Interview
Author: Mike Hodel
From: Hour 25 http://www.flash.net/~gallow/hour25.html
My Life and Philip K. Dick: An Interview with Bruce Gillespie
“Frank Bertrand’s interview with the editor of Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd, a series of essays about the work of PKD. He is also the publisher of SF Commentary, a science fiction fanzine from Australia that started in 1969. Bruce was a friend of Phil’s and a great admirer of his work.”
Contains: Interview
Author: Frank Bertrand
From: philipKdick.com
On Diaphragms, Ontology and Philip K. Dick: An Interview with Andrew M. Butler
“An interview with the author of the new Pocket Essentials book on Philip K. Dick.”
Contains: Interview
Author: Frank C. Bertrand
From: philipKdick.com
The Palm Tree Garden of Philip K. Dick
“This Palm Tree Garden is a collection of essays and other writingsexploring Phil’s visions from every possible angle. Since his reading wasso wide, we can only assume that numerous archetypes are hidden in hiswritings, waiting to be exposed. A few of the authors here have hadsimilar things happen to them; the rest have found parallel accounts inthe books of others – like John Dee, H.P. Lovecraft, UFO contactees,mystics, ecstatic monks, gnostics, the occult, kabbalah, masonic lore,mythology of primitive peoples, etc.”
Author: Willis Howard
Philip K. Dick and Human Kindness
This essay examines three levels of reality in Dick’s novels: the “seen”, the “is”, and the “ought”.
Contains: Commentary
Author: Jonathan Blumen
From: The Ethical Spectacle Mar 1997
Keywords: Science Fiction, Ethics, Biographical Criticism
Philip K. Dick: Confessions Of A SF Artist
“Philip K. Dick has carved a deep niche for himself among the world’s top science fiction writers. Unlike many of his fellow genre writers, however, Dick tends to write more about inner space than outer space. His characters come before his machines.”
Contains: Interview
Author: George Cain and Dana Longo
From: Denver Clarion October 23, 1980
Philip K. Dick’s Final Interview
“A final interview with science fiction’s boldest visionary, who talks candidly about Blade Runner, inner voices and the temptations of Hollywood.”
Contains: Interview
Author: John Boonstra
From: Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine Vol. 2, No. 3, June 1982, pp. 47-52
“Here you will find info, insights and more about (arguably) the world’s greatest science fiction writer. In a Philip K. Dick story one finds many elements of paranoia, psychosis, schizophrenia, hallucination and more. PKD’s stories take the reader on a journey through many human emotions.”
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Extensive Bio, Pictures, Bibliography, Webliography, Works List
Author: Jason K
So I Don’t Write About Heroes: An Interview with Philip K. Dick
A Fall1977 interview, conducted at a large SF convention in France where Dick was the guest of honor. Originally published in German.
Contains: Interview
Author: Uwe Anton & Werner Fuchs
From: SF EYE #14, Spring 1996, pp. 37-46

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