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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Edited: Thialfi May 15, 2009
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Solar Lottery
A Handful of Darkness
The World Jones Made5.54
The Man Who Japed
World of Chance
Eye in the Sky6.14
The Cosmic Puppets
The Variable Man and Other Stories
Time Out of Joint6.44
Dr. Futurity
Vulcan's Hammer
The Man in the High Castle6.76
The Game Players of Titan
Martian Time-Slip6.52
The Penultimate Truth
Clans of the Alphane Moon7.10
The Simulacra6.18
Dr. Bloodmoney5.36
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch6.68
The Crack in Space
The Unteleported Man
Now Wait for Last Year6.30
The Zap Gun
Counter-Clock World6.48
The Ganymede Takeover
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?7.64
Ubik7.74
Galactic Pot-Healer6.78
The Preserving Machine
A Maze of Death
Our Friends from Frolix 8
We Can Build You6.34
The Book of Philip K. Dick
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said6.86
Confessions of a Crap Artist
Deus Irae6.52
The Best of Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly7.80
The Golden Man
VALIS (The VALIS Trilogy #1)7.86
The Divine Invasion (The VALIS Trilogy #2)6.74
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (The VALIS Trilogy #3)7.14
Lies, Inc.5.76
The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike
Robots, Androids, and Mechanical Oddities
Radio Free Albemuth
Puttering About in a Small Land
In Milton Lumky Territory
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
Mary and the Giant
Beyond Lies the Wub (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #1)
Second Variety (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #2)
The Father-Thing (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #3)
The Days of Perky Pat (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #4)
The Little Black Box (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #5)
The Broken Bubble
Nick and the Glimmung
Gather Yourselves Together
The Philip K. Dick Reader
Paycheck and 24 Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
Cantata-140
Voices from the Street

Speculative Fiction Novels (56)


2003 | science fiction, short stories

2003 | science fiction

1997 | science fiction, short stories

1988 | science fiction, young adult
(The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #5)
1987 | science fiction, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #4)
1987 | science fiction, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #3)
1987 | science fiction, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #2)
1987 | science fiction, short stories
(The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick #1)
1987 | science fiction, short stories

1985 | science fiction

1985 | science fiction, short stories

1984 | science fiction

1984 | science fiction

1984 | science fiction, short stories
(The VALIS Trilogy #3)
1982 | science fiction
(The VALIS Trilogy #2)
1981 | science fiction
(The VALIS Trilogy #1)
1981 | science fiction

1980 | science fiction, short stories

1977 | science fiction

1977 | science fiction, short stories

1976 | science fiction

1975 | science fiction

1974 | science fiction

1973 | science fiction, short stories

1972 | science fiction

1970 | science fiction

1970 | science fiction

1969 | science fiction

1969 | science fiction

1969 | science fiction, short stories

1968 | science fiction

1967 | science fiction

1967 | science fiction

1967 | science fiction

1966 | science fiction

1966 | science fiction

1966 | science fiction

1965 | science fiction

1965 | science fiction

1964 | science fiction

1964 | science fiction

1964 | science fiction

1964 | science fiction

1963 | science fiction

1962 | science fiction

1960 | science fiction

1960 | science fiction

1959 | science fiction

1957 | science fiction

1957 | science fiction

1957 | science fiction, short stories

1956 | science fiction

1956 | science fiction

1956 | science fiction

1955 | science fiction

1955 | science fiction, short stories

Others non-spefi books (7)


2007 | mainstream

1994 | mainstream

1988 | mainstream

1987 | mainstream

1986 | mainstream

1985 | mainstream

1985 | mainstream