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Human Is? : A Philip K Dick Reader by Philip K Dick
  

Human Is? : A Philip K Dick Reader

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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.

If you like Philip K Dick you might also like to read books by John Twelve Hawks, Alastair Reynolds and William Gibson.

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Human Is? : A Philip K Dick Reader by Philip K Dick

Drawn from the five volumes of his complete short stories (also published by Gollancz) this volume represents the very cream of Philip K. Dick's output.

It serves both as a celebration of his work, in the 25th year since his death, and as the ideal introduction to his unique take on the world for new readers.

As our culture becomes ever more fluid, as fact is fictionalised, as documentary gives way to reality-TV, as our identities are digitised, as globalism runs wild, as drugs become ever more ubiquitous the world is finally catching up with even the most bizarre of Philip K. Dick's imaginings.

25 years after his death we are living in Philip K. Dick's world, this new authoratitive collection of his best short fiction shows us why.

About the Author

Philip K Dick

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.

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Publication date

8th March 2007

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Philip K Dick

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www.philipkdick.com/

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback (b Format)
448 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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ISBN

9780575080348

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