Divine Invasions

Divine Invasions

Author: Lawrence Sutin

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Published: 2006

Total Pages: 352

ISBN-13: 9780575078581

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A biography of one of the most culturally significant authors in the world. Philip K Dick loosened the bonds of the genre, ultimately making his reputation as a literary writer who happened to write speculative fiction.


A Life of Philip K. Dick

A Life of Philip K. Dick

Author: Anthony Peake

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

Published: 2013-10-09

Total Pages: 454

ISBN-13: 1782129146

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Philip K. Dick was a writer who drew upon his own life to address the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia and transcendental experiences of all kinds. More than 10 major Hollywood movies are based on his work including Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau. Born in 1929 just before the Great Crash, Dick's twin sister died when she was a month old and his parents were divorced by the time he was three. In his teens, he began to show the first signs of mental instability, but by then he was already producing fiction writing of a visionary nature.


The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick

The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Vintage

Published: 1996-01-30

Total Pages: 386

ISBN-13: 0679747877

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“What Kafka was to the first half of the twentieth century, Philip K. Dick is to the second half.”—Art Spiegelman, author of MAUS Philip K. Dick was both our most brilliant science fiction writer and a visionary philosopher who chose to couch his speculations in fiction. For, as he wrote about androids and virtual reality, schizophrenic prophets and amnesiac gods, Dick was also posing fundamental questions: What is reality? What is sanity? And what is human? This unprecedented collection of Dick’s literary and philosophical writings acquaints us with the astonishing range and eloquence of his lifelong inquiry. The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick includes autobiography, critiques of science fiction, and dizzyingly provocative essays such as “The Android and the Human” and “If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others.” Readers will also find two chapters of a proposed sequel to Dick’s award-winning novel The Man in the High Castle and selections from the metaphysical Exegesis that inspired his classic VALIS. Witty, erudite, and exploding with intellectual shrapnel, this is the last testament of an American original. This collection confirms Dick’s reputation as one of the foremost imaginative thinkers of the twentieth century. “A wide-ranging selection of free-wheeling philosophical essays, and journal entries; humorous, thoughtful speeches; and plot scenarios. . . . For both casual and serious Dick fans, The Shifting Realities unearths some gems.”—Boston Phoenix


The Exegesis of Philip K Dick

The Exegesis of Philip K Dick

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2011-11-07

Total Pages: 1003

ISBN-13: 0547549253

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"A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. The Exegesis is the sort of book associated with legends and madmen, but Dick wasn't a legend and he wasn't mad. He lived among us, and was a genius."-Jonathan Lethem Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work. In The Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called "2-3-74," a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe "transformed into information." In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit, adding to, revising, and discarding theory after theory, mixing in dreams and visionary experiences as they occurred, and pulling it all together in three late novels known as the VALIS trilogy. In this abridgment, Jackson and Lethem serve as guides, taking the reader through the Exegesis and establishing connections with moments in Dick's life and work.


The Divine Invasion

The Divine Invasion

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2011-10-18

Total Pages: 280

ISBN-13: 0547601190

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A science fiction spin on the story of Jesus’s nativity, from the iconic author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? God is not dead, he has merely been exiled to an extraterrestrial planet. And it is on this planet that God meets Herb Asher and convinces him to help retake Earth from the demonic Belial. Featuring virtual reality, parallel worlds, and interstellar travel, The Divine Invasion blends philosophy and adventure in a way few authors can achieve. As the middle novel of Dick’s VALIS trilogy, The Divine Invasion plays a pivotal role in answering the questions raised by the first novel, expanding that world while exploring just how much anyone can really know—even God himself.


I Am Alive and You Are Dead

I Am Alive and You Are Dead

Author: Emmanuel Carrère

Publisher: Macmillan

Published: 2005-06

Total Pages: 340

ISBN-13: 9780312424510

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"As disturbing and engrossing as a work by Dick himself, Carrere's unconventional biography interweaves life and art to reveal the maddening genius whose writing foresaw - from cloning to reality TV - a world that looks ever more like one of his inventions."--BOOK JACKET.


The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick

The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick

Author: Kyle Arnold

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2016

Total Pages: 249

ISBN-13: 0199743258

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The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick, written by a psychologist, investigates the inner world of the science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. In 1974, Dick was beset by religious visions, and warned police he was an android. The book explores whether Dick's experience was a spiritual awakening or caused by mental illness.


The Search for Philip K. Dick

The Search for Philip K. Dick

Author: Anne R Dick

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

Published: 2010-11-01

Total Pages: 289

ISBN-13: 1616960396

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Offering an intimate perspective on the life of an important, prolific author, this revealing biography uncovers the inner workings of a cult figure through his tumultuous relationship with his third wife. Brilliant and charismatic, Philip K. Dick was known as a loyal friend, father, and husband, as well as a talented science fiction writer. His six-year marriage to the woman he described as “the love of his life” and his intellectual equal was full of passion—the meeting of soul mates. But behind the façade of an untroubled life was a man struggling with his demons, unable to trust anyone, and reliant upon his charm to navigate his increasingly dark reality and descent into drugs and madness. Exposing personal details of their married life as well as the ways he continued to haunt her even after their relationship collapsed, Anne Dick provides thorough research combined with personal memories of this mysterious man.


Ubik

Ubik

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2012

Total Pages: 241

ISBN-13: 0547572298

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A mind-bending, classic Philip K. Dick novel about the perception of reality. Named as one of Time's 100 best books.