Dick is remarkable--a depth charge, a CAT scan, and an exorcism. Informed, affectionate, sardonic, he is also crystal clear. He neither overstates Dick's gifts nor belittles his more outlandish hypotheses about the underlying meaning of reality. Seldom have I read a biographer who drew me so deeply into his subject's world.
I Am Alive and You Are Dead
Blows Against the Empire | The New Yorker
The bibliography of Philip K. Dick includes 44 novels, short stories, and 14 short story collections published by American science fiction author Philip K. Dick December 16, — March 2, during his lifetime. At the time of his death, Dick's work was generally known to only science fiction readers, and many of his novels and short stories were out of print. The Library of America has issued three collections of Dick's novels.
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The Ace paperback cover promises mere thrills, and the writing provides real meaning. The combination of evident value and apparent secrecy makes Elmore Leonard fans feel more for their hero than Borges lovers are allowed to feel for theirs. Eventually, enough of these secret fans grow up and get together, and the writer is designated a Genius, acquiring all the encumbrances of genius: fans, notes, annotated editions, and gently disparaging comprehensive reviews. No one hates the rise of Elmore Leonard so much as a lover of Ross Macdonald. Of all American writers, none have got the genre-hack-to-hidden-genius treatment quite so fully as Philip K.
Philip K. And like many strong-visioned writers of what roughly fell into the category of science fiction, Dick got consulted now and again as something of a futurist. Chernobyl happened in , and computer use by ordinary citizens though our status as "mentally alert, highly trained, information-processing experts" admittedly remains questionable. Others might prefer to highlight the most improbable, such as the eliminated need for oil, the creation of artificial life, and not just the 21st-century existence but eventual time-traveling capabilities of the Soviet Union. Still, even in his fiction, Dick does have his moments of prophecy, especially for those who share his paranoia that we've unwittingly let ourselves slip into surveillance-state conditions.