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Philip K Dick - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Philip K Dick

Other books by Philip K Dick

Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview And Other Conversations

Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview And Other Conversations

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

The Eye Of The Sibyl And Other Classic Stories

The Eye Of The Sibyl And Other Classic Stories

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

The Man In The High Castle

The Man In The High Castle

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2019

'Dick's best work, and the most memorable alternative world tale...ever written' SCIENCE FICTION: THE 100 BEST NOVELS It is 1962 and the Second World War has been over for seventeen years: people have now had a chance to adjust to the new order. But it's not been easy. The Mediterranean has been drained to make farmland, the population of Africa has virtually been wiped out and America has been divided between the Nazis and the Japanese. In the neutral buffer zone that divides the two superpowers lives the man in the high castle, the author of an underground bestseller, a work of fiction that offers an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis powers didn't win the war. The novel is a rallying cry for all those who dream of overthrowing the occupiers. But could it be more than that? Subtle, complex and beautifully characterized, The Man in the High Castle remains the finest alternative world novel ever written, and a work of profundity and significance.

The Variable Man

The Variable Man

Author: Philip K Dick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Fantasy Super Pack #2

The Fantasy Super Pack #2

Author: Philip K Dick, Robert E Howard, Fritz Leiber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2018

Early Stories of Philip K. Dick, The

Early Stories of Philip K. Dick, The

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

Every legend has a beginning. Dreamscape Media presents a collection of thirteen early short stories penned by Philip K. Dick. Exploring themes of authoritarianism, alternate universes, and altered consciousness, the stories (including The Variable Man, Second Variety, and The Defenders) first appeared in American science fiction magazines of the 1950s and earned him the respect of such peers as Robert Heinlein and Ursula LeGuin, as well as the adulation of a voracious readership.

Early Stories of Philip K. Dick, The

Early Stories of Philip K. Dick, The

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

Every legend has a beginning. Dreamscape Media presents a collection of thirteen early short stories penned by Philip K. Dick. Exploring themes of authoritarianism, alternate universes, and altered consciousness, the stories (including The Variable Man, Second Variety, and The Defenders) first appeared in American science fiction magazines of the 1950s and earned him the respect of such peers as Robert Heinlein and Ursula LeGuin, as well as the adulation of a voracious readership.

Beyond Lies the Wub

Beyond Lies the Wub

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In Beyond Lies the Wub, the crew of a spaceship buys a wub, a large pig-like animal from a native martian to eat on the way home. The Wub turns out to be a sentient being capable of intelligent conversation, empathy, and possibly telepathy and mind control. When a crew member converses with the remarkable Wub, the captain makes a rash and violent decision that could put the return mission in danger.

Beyond Lies the Wub

Beyond Lies the Wub

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In Beyond Lies the Wub, the crew of a spaceship buys a wub, a large pig-like animal from a native martian to eat on the way home. The Wub turns out to be a sentient being capable of intelligent conversation, empathy, and possibly telepathy and mind control. When a crew member converses with the remarkable Wub, the captain makes a rash and violent decision that could put the return mission in danger.

Beyond the Door

Beyond the Door

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In Beyond the Door, a man buys a cuckoo clock for his wife who has always wanted one. When he catches her cheating on him, the man throws his wife out of the house with her lover. Though he never really cared for the clock, he keeps winding it because he dislikes the silence. But the cuckoo clock, who preferred the wife's company, begins to plot against its owner.

Beyond the Door

Beyond the Door

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In Beyond the Door, a man buys a cuckoo clock for his wife who has always wanted one. When he catches her cheating on him, the man throws his wife out of the house with her lover. Though he never really cared for the clock, he keeps winding it because he dislikes the silence. But the cuckoo clock, who preferred the wife's company, begins to plot against its owner.

Mr. Spaceship

Mr. Spaceship

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In Mr. Spaceship, humans in the distant future are at war with alien life forms known as Yuks. Using outdated, mechanical machines to wage war against the life-based weapons of the advanced Yuks, a research team decides to build a spaceship powered by a human brain. Enlisting a dying professor who agrees to donate his brain to the project, the humans believe they have turned the tables on the Yuks. But the spaceship has other plans.

Mr. Spaceship

Mr. Spaceship

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In Mr. Spaceship, humans in the distant future are at war with alien life forms known as Yuks. Using outdated, mechanical machines to wage war against the life-based weapons of the advanced Yuks, a research team decides to build a spaceship powered by a human brain. Enlisting a dying professor who agrees to donate his brain to the project, the humans believe they have turned the tables on the Yuks. But the spaceship has other plans.

Hanging Stranger, The

Hanging Stranger, The

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In The Hanging Stranger, TV salesman Ed Loyce is a practical man who, when he sees something wrong tries to correct it. Then one day he sees a lifeless body hanging in the town square. What he can't figure out is, why nobody seems to care.

Hanging Stranger, The

Hanging Stranger, The

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In The Hanging Stranger, TV salesman Ed Loyce is a practical man who, when he sees something wrong tries to correct it. Then one day he sees a lifeless body hanging in the town square. What he can't figure out is, why nobody seems to care.

Gun, The

Gun, The

Author: Philip K. Dick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

In The Gun, a group of space explorers are shot down above a deserted planet. While some of the crew work on repairing the ship, the remainder set out to investigate the planet. Otherwise unpopulated, they discover the huge gun that shot them down sitting atop a trove of cultural artifacts from a bygone civilization. What harm could come of dismantling the gun and taking a few of the artifacts home with them?