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Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. His edgy, dark future visions are even more relevant now. His novels have inspired many other writers and been used as the basis for films such as the classic Blade Runner the blockbuster Minority Report and the indie 'cartoon' A Scanner Darkly.

Since his untimely death at age 53, there has been an extraordinary growth of interest in his writings, which during his lifetime were largely ignored by serious mainstream critics and readers. Such is no longer the case, and the novels of Philip K. Dick frequently appear on university curricula devoted to modern American literature.

From age fifteen to his early twenties, Dick was employed in two Berkeley shops, University Radio and Art Music, owned by Herb Hollis, a salt-of-the-earth American small businessman who became a kind of father-figure for Dick and served as an inspiration for a number of his later fictional characters, most notably Leo Bulero in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.
In the early 1950s, with the helpful mentorship of SF editor and Berkeley resident Anthony Boucher, Dick began to publish stories in the SF pulps of the era at an astonishing rate - seven of his stories appeared in June 1953 alone. He soon gave up his employment in the Hollis shops to pursue the economically insecure career of an SF writer.

If you like Philip K Dick you might also like to read books by Richard Matheson, Alastair Reynolds and William Gibson.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Philip K Dick

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Philip K Dick
Here Dick focuses on drug addiction, the meaning of life and the fragile nature of reality – recurring themes throughout much of his work - a haunting book that will stay with you long after you have put it down....
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 08/03/2007
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K Dick
The outstanding novel that became the cult classic film Blade Runner. Considered to be one of the great works of science fiction, it raises important questions about religion, technology and what defines us as human beings.
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 08/03/2007
Martian Time-Slip by Philip K Dick
Martian Time-Slip
Philip K Dick
Another example of Dickâs amazing power of imagination, this compelling book looks at politics, adultery, murder and the themes of being and time.
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 08/03/2007
Human Is? : A Philip K Dick Reader by Philip K Dick
Human Is? : A Philip K Dick Reader
Philip K Dick
This collection of short stories contain some of Dick’s best writing and most startling ideas and is the ideal introduction to his unique take on the world.
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 08/03/2007
Flow, My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K Dick
Flow, My Tears, The Policeman Said
Philip K Dick
This chilling book explores the theme of identity, government conspiracies and how we our all controlled by institutions.
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 08/03/2007
Dr Bloodmoney by Philip K Dick
Dr Bloodmoney
Philip K Dick
This novel looks at the nature of evil and the unrelenting power of humanity to overcome it.
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 08/03/2007
Ubik by Philip K Dick
Ubik
Philip K Dick
Philip K. Dick is now widely regarded as one of the most important SF writers of all time and Ubik is one of his most entertaining masterpieces, a metaphysical comedy of death and salvation, a tour de force of paranoia...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 01/08/2006
Counter-Clock World by Philip K Dick
Counter-Clock World
Philip K Dick
A very interesting premise of the dead being reborn, “growing” in to childhood and returning to the womb. This throws up so many questions of a religious and theological nature as the main story revolves around the rebirth of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2002
The Game-Players of Titan by Philip K Dick
The Game-Players of Titan
Philip K Dick
More of what we have come to expect from Philip K Dick, destructive male characters, weird, trippy hallucinations and a good bit of story telling. Perhaps not one of his best but still worth a read.
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 20/08/2001
Radio Free Albemuth by Philip K Dick
Radio Free Albemuth
Philip K Dick
This is almost a reworking of an earlier novel Valis, which some consider to be Philip K Dick’s greatest novel. The themes and characters are rather melancholy but then this is probably the most autobiographical of his novels, which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/1999
Our Friends from Frolix Eight by Philip K Dick
Our Friends from Frolix Eight
Philip K Dick
Another novel from Philip K Dick to stir the emotions and get the cogs of the brain turning. A truly original writer.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/1997
Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K Dick
Clans of the Alphane Moon
Philip K Dick
This has all the marks of a typical Philip K Dick novel and will make you laugh out loud in places, however the plot structure is slightly inconsistent and the novel is left rather open ended, but the ideas and...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 02/12/1996

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