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Philip K. Dick
[1928-1982]

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         backlit portrait of author Philip K. Dick [1928-82], with beard


“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, it doesn't go away.”
— Philip K. Dick

“It’s Philip K. Dick’s world. We only live in it.” — The New York Times

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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952 he began writing professionally, going on to write 36 science fiction novels and 8 mainstream novels, and 14 short-story collections in English. He won the 1963 Hugo Award for best novel for "The Man In The High Castle" and the 1975 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year for "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said". He died in 1982.

Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power.


official Philip K. Dick website
Philip K. Dick entry at Wikipedia
Philip K. Dick entry at Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Philip K. Dick credits [since 1962] at Internet Movie Database

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Philip K. Dick's Novels
listing of Philip K. Dick novels at Wikipedia

Counterfeit Unrealities omnibus edition of four Philip K. Dick novels  
"Counterfeit Unrealities" omnibus edition [2002]
Science Fiction Book Club 8¼x5½ hardcover [2002] out of print/many used
contains "A Scanner Darkly" [1977]; "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" [1968] aka "Blade Runner"; "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" [1965]; and "Ubik" [1969]
Library of America Philip K. Dick: Four Novels  "Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of The 1960s" [2007]
Edited by Jonathan Lethem

Library of America 8x5 hardcover [5/2007] for $26.39
includes "The Man In The High Castle" [1962], "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" [1965], "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" [1968], and "Ubik" [1969] which was listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
Library of America Philip K. Dick: Five Novels  "Philip K. Dick: Five Novels of The 1960s & 70s" [2008]
Edited by Jonathan Lethem

Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [7/2008] for $30.02
includes "Martian Time-Slip" [1964]; "Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After The Bomb" [1965]; "Now Wait For Last Year" [1966]; "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said" [1974]; and "A Scanner Darkly" [1977]

"Eye In The Sky" [1957]

"The Man In The High Castle" [1962]
Man in the High Castle  Won the 1963 Hugo Award for best novel. Fifteen years
after losing World War Two, America is still occupied by
Nazi Germany & Imperialist Japan...

Kindle Edition from HMH/Mariner Books [1/2012] for $9.99
Mariner Books 8x5¼ pb [1/2012] for $11.14
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [6/92] out of print/50+ used
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 8¼x5½ hardcover [10/2016] for $15.79
Putnam hardcover[1/62] out of print/used

"The Man In The High Castle" [2015 cable series] see below

"The Penultimate Truth" [1964]

"The Simulacra" [1964]

"Martian Time-Slip" [1964]

"The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" [1965]

"Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After The Bomb" [1965]

"Now Wait For Last Year" [1966]

"The Zap Gun" [1967]

GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's  The 25 Best Sci-Fi Books Of All Time, 10/2013  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's  The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" [Signet 1968]
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  Signet paperback of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'  In the future and after an atomic war has contaminated planet Earth, Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter who chases down rogue androids, and John Isidore is a below-average human who befriends renegade androids.
Ballantine movie tie-in pb [4/90] for $6.99
Del Rey 8x5½ pb [6/96] for $10.40
TimeWarner ABR audio [8/94] for $11.90
book entry at Wikipedia

was the basis for the movie "Blade Runner" [1982]
more details (synopsis, books, posters, music, links) on
Magic Lantern's "Blade Runner" 1982 Movie Page

"Blade Runner: Suenan los Androides con Ovejas Electricas?" [1997]
Translated by Cesar Terron • Edhasa Spanish-language edition mass pb [1/2005] out of print/used

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? comics & graphic novel  "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" [2009-2011]
comics & graphic novel drawn by Tony Parker

Publisher BOOM! Studios produced a graphic novel version of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", first as 24 comic book issues beginning in Summer 2009, and later in book format, in six volumes
Volume 1 (#1-4): BOOM! Studios 10½x7 hardcover [12/2009] for $16.49
Volume 2 (#5-8): BOOM! Studios 10½x7 hardcover [4/2010] for $19.35
Volume 3 (#9-12): BOOM! Studios 10½x7 hardcover [11/2010] for $16.49
Volume 4 (#13-16): BOOM! Studios 10½x7 hardcover [3/2011] for $16.49
Volume 5 (#17-20): BOOM! Studios 10½x7 hardcover [7/2011] for $16.49
Volume 6 (#21-24): BOOM! Studios 10½x7 hardcover [11/2011] for $15.82

"Ubik" [1969]
which was listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)

"Ubik: The Screenplay" [1985] by Philip K. Dick /1596061693/

"Ubik" feature film [2012?]
Announced 2/2011: Director Michel Gondry says that he is working on an adaptation of this famous Philip K. Dick
novel about telepathic spying, the moon & paranormal activity; not listed on IMDb (12/2013)

"Radio Free Albemuth" [1973 novel]

"Radio Free Albemuth" aka "VALIS" feature film [indep release 2011?] see below

"Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said" [1974]

"A Scanner Darkly" [1977]
was the basis for the animated feature film of 2006 {see below}

last unfinished novel "The Owl In Daylight"


Short  Stories,  Letters  &  Non-Fiction

List of Philip K. Dick Short Stories at Wikipedia

Vintage P.K.D. fiction by Philip K. Dick  "Vintage P.K.D." [2006] anthology of short fiction by Philip K. Dick
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [6/2006] for $10.16
includes stories "A Little Something For Us Tempunauts" (1974), "The Days of Perky Pat"
(1963), and "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" (1980); essay "The Lucky Dog Pet Store" (1979); selections from the novels "The Man In The High Castle" [1962]; "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" [1965]; "Ubik" [1969]; "A Scanner Darkly" [1977]; and "VALIS" [1980]; and "The Zebra Papers" from "The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick"

"Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick" []
"Selected Setters of Philip K. Dick" []
"The Philip K. Dick Reader" []

Exegesis of Philip K. Dick book edited by Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Lethem  "The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick" [2011]
by Philip K. Dick, Edited by Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Lethem

Exegesis is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially a religious text. P.K.D. tried for years to make sense of a visionary experience in 1974 by writing around it and about it and over & thru what seemed to be a cosmic mystery – given that he committed suicide it seems that he got lost some-where. Editors Jackson & Lethem have gathered chunks (large and small) of his writings in this area because the mystery is intriguing and because P.K.D.'s verbalized internal struggles are intriguing as well.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/2011] for $22.00


Stageplays, Motion Pictures & Other Media

Philip K. Dick credits [1962-2012] at Internet Movie Database
Electric Shepherd Productions [est. 2007] is the production arm of the author’s estate

Announced 2007: The Halcyon Company acquired first-look film rights to the works of Philip K. Dick.
Announced 11/2012: Electric Shepherd Productions has signed a first look deal for film & television with Anonymous Content, LLC.

Blade Runner & The Films of Philip K. Dick book by Jeremy Mark Robinson  "Blade Runner and The Films of Philip K. Dick" [2008]
by Jeremy Mark Robinson

Academic study that concentrates on "Blade Runner" but also looks at
"Minority Report" [2002], "Total Recall" [1990 & 1999], "A Scanner
Darkly" [2006], and other movies based on works of Philip K. Dick.

Crescent Moon Publng 9x6 pb [6/2008] for $25.00

"Blade Runner" feature film [Ladd Company June 1982]
Blade Runner movie poster directed by Ridley Scott  Directed by Ridley Scott, from a 1968 novel by Philip K. Dick; starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh & Daryl Hannah; music by Vangelis; won Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
Warner Collector's Edition widescreen color on Blu-ray [12/2007] 5 disks for $24.99
Warner Final Cut Special Edition widescreen color DVD [12/2007] 2 disks for $10.99
Warner Director's Cut DVD [3/97] for $11.99
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Retrofitting Blade Runner book edited by Judith B. Kerman  "Retrofitting Blade Runner: Issues in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Phillip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" [1991]
Edited by Judith B. Kerman

Bowling Green Univ Popular Press 9x6 pb [4/93] for $20.40
Bowling Green Univ Popular Press 9½x6½ hardcover [4/91] out of print/used

more details on Magic Lantern's "Blade Runner" 1982 Movie Page

"Total Recall" [Carolco/TriStar June 1990]
Directed by Paul Verhoeven; 'inspired by' Dick's short story "We Can Remember It For
You Wholesale"; starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Rachel Ticotin; full credits at IMDb

"Total Recall" novelization of the film [] by Piers Anthony

"Total Recall 2070: Machine Dreams" [Canada Jan 1999]
22-episode TV series directed by Mario Azzopardi; full credits at IMDb

"Total Recall: The Series" [Showtime March 1999]
re-edited version of the Canadian series; full credits at IMDb

"Total Recall" feature remake [Sony/Columbia Pictures Aug 2012]
Total Recall feature remake of 2012 starring Colin Farrell  A factory worker with a beautiful wife but a frustrating life seeks a 'vacation' at Rekall but the experience goes horribly wrong and he is thrust into a murderous espionage plot - or was that Rekall's original intent? Co-produced & directed by Len Wiseman; 'inspired by' Dick's short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"; starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine, Bill Nighy, John Cho, Will Yun Lee, Milton Barnes, James McGowan & Natalie Lisinska
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

the opera "VALIS" [1987]
music & French libretto by Tod Machover; premiered at the Pompidou Center in Paris, France on
1 December 1987; revised & adapted into English, recorded & released on CD (Bridge Records BCD9007) in 1988

"A Scanner Darkly" feature film [Warner July 2006]
A Scanner Darkly movie poster  Wild rotoscope animated tale of a future where an undercover drug agent begins to lose his mind from the drugs that flood the society he is surveilling. Written & directed by Richard Linklater; based on the 1977 novel by Philip K. Dick; starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder & Woody Harrelson
Warner widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2010] for $9.49
Warner widescreen color DVD [12/2006] for $14.95
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $6.29

"The Adjustment Bureau" [2011]
Adjustment Bureau sci-fi movie  A young candidate for Senator from New York meets a very special woman, but men wearing hats keep getting in the way of their romance; the story examines free will vs. fate, and how free will is indeed necessary for changing the Future. Co-produced, written & directed by George Nolfi; based on a short story by Philip K. Dick; starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp & John Slattery; DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
adaptation of 1953 short story "The Adjustment Team"
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [undated] for 99˘

"Radio Free Albemuth" feature film
[festival circuit 2010, limited release June 2014]
Radio Free Albemuth feature film by John Alan Simon  "Coming soon to a reality near you ..."; based on 1973 novel of the same name; film is completed and seeking distribution since 2010; UPDATE 4/2014: after a successful Kickstarter campaign, the film is scheduled for ten-city theatrical plus multi-platform VOD release in June 2014 • Co-produced, written & directed by John Alan Simon; starring Alanis Morissette, Jonathan Scarfe, Shea Whigham, Katheryn Winnick & Scott Wilson
Freestyle Digital Media color Region 1 DVD [10/2014] scarce
Amazon Instant Video [6/2014] rental $3.99, purchase $14.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch UN-official trailer [2:00] at Vimeo

"The Man In The High Castle" online series [Amazon Studios 2015-2017]
title/ad for 'The Man In The High Castle' Amazon online series  Announced 2010: The B.B.C. plans to film a four-part miniseries version of "TMITHC", produced by Ridley Scott; by 2013, the production had moved to the SyFy channel, with Frank Spotnitz joining Scott; the production finally moved to Amazon, which began production of the pilot in October 2014; ADDED 1/2017: Amazon renewed "TMITHC" for a third season
Producer credits list 30 names; starring Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, D.J. Qualls, Joel de la Fuente, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rufus Sewell, Lee Shorten, Chelah Horsdal, Arnold Chun, Brennan Brown, Quinn Lord, Rick Worthy, Aaron Blakely, Gracyn Shinyei, Genea Charpentier, Callum Keith Rennie, Daniel Roebuck, Veronika Hadrava
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
Season 1 7/2015 official trailer: watch [1:47] online at YouTube
Season 1: watch on Amazon Instant Video [2015] free with membership in Amazon Prime
Season 2 8/2016 official trailer: watch [2:25] online at YouTube
Season 2: watch on Amazon Instant Video [2016] free with membership in Amazon Prime
Season 3 1/2017 official announcement: watch [1:40] online at YouTube

"King of The Elves" animated adaptation of 1953 short story
set to be released by Disney in the winter of 2012? • latest info at IMDb


Kindle  Editions
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Kindle ebook reader entry at Wikipedia

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with FREE Kindle Apps for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPod, iPad & Blackberry

browse all 140+ Kindle titles at Amazon's Philip K. Dick Kindle Store

Philip K. Dick Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Philip K. Dick Megapack: 15 Classic Science-Fiction Stories" [2013]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [4/2013] for 99˘ {sic}
includes an Introduction and fifteen short stories: Beyond Lies The Wub; Beyond The Door; The Crystal Crypt; The Defenders; Exhibit Piece; The Eyes Have It; The Gun; The Hanging Stranger; Mr. Spaceship; Piper In The Woods; Second Variety; The Skull; Strange Eden; Tony and The Beetles; and The Variable Man
Philip K. Dick Second Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Philip K. Dick Second Megapack: 13 Classic Stories" [2015]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [6/2015] for 99˘ {sic}
includes thirteen short stories: Adjustment Team; Breakfast At Twilight; The Crawlers; Foster, You're Dead; The Golden Man; Human Is; The Last of The Masters; Meddler; Sales Pitch; Shell Game; The Turning Wheel; The Unreconstructed M; and Upon The Dull Earth



Works About Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick bio Divine Invasions  
"Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick" [1989]
by Lawrence Sutin

Kindle Edition from Da Capo Press [12/89 edition] for $9.99
Carroll & Graf 8¼x5½ pb [8/2005] for $11.96
Harmony hardcover [12/89] out of print/used

"The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary & Philosophical Writings" [1995]

"Philip K. Dick" official biography [2003] by Lawrence Sutin
http://www.philipkdick.com/aa_biography.html

"The Electric Dreamer: Remembering Philip K. Dick" docufilm [2007] /tt1146282/

Philip K. Dick Penultimate Truth docufilm  "Philip K. Dick: The Penultimate Truth" documentary [Argentina 2007]
A look at sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, who despite his mental illness delivered
brilliant fiction exploring themes of authoritarian rule, drug-altered consciousness,
and parallel universes.
Directed by Emiliano Larre; written by Patricio Vega
Kultur Video color DVD [11/2008] for $22.49
full credits at IMDb
I Think I Am scholarly analysis of Philip K. Dick by Laurence A. Rickels  "I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick" [2010]
by Laurence A. Rickels

Univ MN Press 9x6 pb [6/2010] for $24.74
Univ MN Press 9x6 hardcover [6/2010] for $75.00
A Kindred Spirit novel by ej Morgan  "A Kindred Spirit: A Novel" [2010] by E.J. Morgan
"What's really real?" A young reporter finds herself chasing a news story about rapidly-
approaching Doomsday, and is aided and abetted by the ghosts of activist Bishop James
Pike and author Phillip K. Dick, who have their own discovery to report.

ZiaLink Ink 8x5¼ pb [9/2010] for $10.21



Family & Friends

daughters Laura Leslie & Isa Dick Hackett


L i n k s
official Philip K. Dick website
Philip K. Dick entry at Wikipedia
Philip K. Dick entry at Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Philip K. Dick credits [since 1962] at Internet Movie Database
The Philip K. Dick Award for Best Original Science Fiction Paperback [est.1982]

Philip K. Dick  Festival [2012 & 2013, now suspended] in California
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival [Jan 2016 = #4] in New York City

David Gill's 'Total Dick-Head' blog [est. 3/2007]
'The Philip K. Dick Bookshelf' bibliography site
http://www.thephildickian.com/
http://fraser.typepad.com/frolix_8/



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