Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

Philip Kindred Dick (1928–1982) was an American novelist and short story writer whose published work during his lifetime was almost entirely in the science fiction genre. Dick explored sociological, political and metaphysical themes in novels dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states. In his later works, Dick's thematic focus strongly reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology. He often drew upon his own life experiences and addressed the nature of drug use, paranoia and schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences in novels such as A Scanner Darkly.

The novel The Man in the High Castle bridged the genres of alternate history and science fiction, earning Dick a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1963. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, a novel about a celebrity who awakens in a parallel universe where he is unknown, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel in 1975. ”In my writing I even question the universe; I wonder out loud if it is real, and I wonder out loud if all of us are real.” Dick referred to himself as a ”fictionalizing philosopher.”

In addition to thirty-six novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, many of which appeared in science fiction magazines. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, nine of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly and Minority Report. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.

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Speculative Fiction Novels (56)
2003  Paycheck and 24 Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
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2003  Cantata-140
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1997  The Philip K. Dick Reader
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1988  Nick and the Glimmung
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1987  Beyond Lies the Wub (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, #1)
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1987  Second Variety (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, #2)
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1987  The Father-Thing (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, #3)
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1987  The Days of Perky Pat (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, #4)
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1987  The Little Black Box (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, #5)
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1985  Radio Free Albemuth
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1985  I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
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1984  Lies, Inc.
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1984  The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike
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1984  Robots, Androids, and Mechanical Oddities
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1982  The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (The VALIS Trilogy, #3)
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1981  VALIS (The VALIS Trilogy, #1)
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1981  The Divine Invasion (The VALIS Trilogy, #2)
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1980  The Golden Man
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1977  A Scanner Darkly
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1977  The Best of Philip K. Dick
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1976  Deus Irae
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1975  Confessions of a Crap Artist
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1974  Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
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1973  The Book of Philip K. Dick
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1972  We Can Build You
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1970  A Maze of Death
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1970  Our Friends from Frolix 8
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1969  Ubik
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1969  Galactic Pot-Healer
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1969  The Preserving Machine
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1968  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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1967  The Zap Gun
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1967  Counter-Clock World
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1967  The Ganymede Takeover
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1966  Now Wait for Last Year
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1966  The Crack in Space
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1966  The Unteleported Man
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1965  Dr. Bloodmoney
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1965  The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
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1964  The Simulacra
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1964  Martian Time-Slip
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1964  The Penultimate Truth
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1964  Clans of the Alphane Moon
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1963  The Game Players of Titan
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1962  The Man in the High Castle
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1960  Dr. Futurity
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1960  Vulcan's Hammer
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1959  Time Out of Joint
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1957  Eye in the Sky
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1957  The Cosmic Puppets
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1957  The Variable Man and Other Stories
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1956  The World Jones Made
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1956  The Man Who Japed
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1956  World of Chance
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1955  Solar Lottery
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1955  A Handful of Darkness
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Others non-spefi books (7)
2007  Voices from the Street
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1994  Gather Yourselves Together
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1988  The Broken Bubble
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1987  Mary and the Giant
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1986  Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
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1985  Puttering About in a Small Land
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1985  In Milton Lumky Territory
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