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One is reminded of Dickens : what counts is the honesty, constancy, kindness and patience of ordinary people. Dick identified one major theme of his work as the question, "What constitutes the authentic human being? Mental illness was a constant interest of Dick's, and themes of mental illness permeate his work. The novel Clans of the Alphane Moon centers on an entire society made up of descendants of lunatic asylum inmates.
In , he wrote the essay titled "Schizophrenia and the Book of Changes".
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Dick himself was a drug user for much of his life. According to a interview in Rolling Stone ,  Dick wrote all of his books published before while on amphetamines. He also experimented briefly with psychedelics , but wrote The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch , which Rolling Stone dubs "the classic LSD novel of all time", before he had ever tried them. Despite his heavy amphetamine use, however, Dick later said that doctors told him the amphetamines never actually affected him, that his liver had processed them before they reached his brain. Summing up all these themes in Understanding Philip K.
Dick had two professional stories published under the pen names Richard Phillipps and Jack Dowland. The protagonist desires to be the muse for fictional author Jack Dowland, considered the greatest science fiction author of the 20th century. The surname Dowland refers to Renaissance composer John Dowland , who is featured in several works. In the novel The Divine Invasion , the character Linda Fox, created specifically with Linda Ronstadt in mind, is an intergalactically famous singer whose entire body of work consists of recordings of John Dowland compositions.
The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternate history in which the United States is ruled by the victorious Axis powers. It is the only Dick novel to win a Hugo Award. In this was adapted into a television series by Amazon Studios. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch utilizes an array of science fiction concepts and features several layers of reality and unreality.
It is also one of Dick's first works to explore religious themes. The novel takes place in the 21st century, when, under UN authority, mankind has colonized the Solar System 's every habitable planet and moon. Life is physically daunting and psychologically monotonous for most colonists, so the UN must draft people to go to the colonies. Most entertain themselves using "Perky Pat" dolls and accessories manufactured by Earth-based "P. The company also secretly creates "Can-D", an illegal but widely available hallucinogenic drug allowing the user to "translate" into Perky Pat if the drug user is a woman or Pat's boyfriend, Walt if the drug user is a man.
This recreational use of Can-D allows colonists to experience a few minutes of an idealized life on Earth by participating in a collective hallucination. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It occurs on a dying, poisoned Earth de-populated of almost all animals and all "successful" humans; the only remaining inhabitants of the planet are people with no prospects off-world.
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The novel is the literary source of the film Blade Runner What crucial factor defines humanity as distinctly "alive", versus those merely alive only in their outward appearance? Ubik employs extensive psychic telepathy and a suspended state after death in creating a state of eroding reality.
A group of psychics is sent to investigate a rival organisation, but several of them are apparently killed by a saboteur's bomb. Much of the following novel flicks between different equally plausible realities and the "real" reality, a state of half-life and psychically manipulated realities.
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said concerns Jason Taverner, a television star living in a dystopian near-future police state. After being attacked by an angry ex-girlfriend, Taverner awakens in a dingy Los Angeles hotel room. He still has his money in his wallet, but his identification cards are missing. This is no minor inconvenience, as security checkpoints manned by "pols" and "nats", the police and National Guard are set up throughout the city to stop and arrest anyone without valid ID.
Jason at first thinks that he was robbed, but soon discovers that his entire identity has been erased. There is no record of him in any official database, and even his closest associates do not recognize or remember him.
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For the first time in many years, Jason has no fame or reputation to rely on. He has only his innate charm and social graces to help him as he tries to find out what happened to his past while avoiding the attention of the pols. The novel was Dick's first published novel after years of silence, during which time his critical reputation had grown, and this novel was awarded the John W.
Dick novel nominated for both a Hugo and a Nebula Award. In an essay written two years before his death, Dick described how he learned from his Episcopal priest that an important scene in Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said — involving its other main character, the eponymous Police General Felix Buckman, was very similar to a scene in Acts of the Apostles ,  a book of the New Testament. Film director Richard Linklater discusses this novel in his film Waking Life , which begins with a scene reminiscent of another Dick novel, Time Out of Joint.
A Scanner Darkly is a bleak mixture of science fiction and police procedural novels; in its story, an undercover narcotics police detective begins to lose touch with reality after falling victim to the same permanently mind-altering drug, Substance D, he was enlisted to help fight.
Substance D is instantly addictive, beginning with a pleasant euphoria which is quickly replaced with increasing confusion, hallucinations and eventually total psychosis. In this novel, as with all Dick novels, there is an underlying thread of paranoia and dissociation with multiple realities perceived simultaneously. It was adapted to film by Richard Linklater.
The Philip K. Dick Reader  is an introduction to the variety of Dick's short fiction. VALIS is perhaps Dick's most postmodern and autobiographical novel , examining his own unexplained experiences. It may also be his most academically studied work, and was adapted as an opera by Tod Machover.
Regardless of the feeling that he was somehow experiencing a divine communication, Dick was never fully able to rationalize the events. For the rest of his life, he struggled to comprehend what was occurring, questioning his own sanity and perception of reality. He transcribed what thoughts he could into an eight-thousand-page, one-million-word journal dubbed the Exegesis.
From until his death in , Dick spent many nights writing in this journal. A recurring theme in Exegesis is Dick's hypothesis that history had been stopped in the first century AD, and that "the Empire never ended". He saw Rome as the pinnacle of materialism and despotism , which, after forcing the Gnostics underground, had kept the population of Earth enslaved to worldly possessions.
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In the science fiction short story, The Pre-persons , he criticizes American pro-abortion law. Several of Dick's stories have been made into films. Dick himself wrote a screenplay for an intended film adaptation of Ubik in , but the film was never made. Many film adaptations have not used Dick's original titles.
When asked why this was, Dick's ex-wife Tessa said, "Actually, the books rarely carry Phil's original titles, as the editors usually wrote new titles after reading his manuscripts. Phil often commented that he couldn't write good titles. If he could, he would have been an advertising writer instead of a novelist. Future films based on Dick's writing include an animated adaptation of The King of the Elves from Walt Disney Animation Studios , which was set to be released in the spring of but is currently still in preproduction; and a film adaptation of Ubik which, according to Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, is in advanced negotiation.
The Terminator series prominently features the theme of humanoid assassination machines first portrayed in Second Variety. The Halcyon Company , known for developing the Terminator franchise, acquired right of first refusal to film adaptations of the works of Philip K. Dick in A second season of ten episodes premiered in December , with a third season announced a few weeks later to be released in In July , it was announced that the series had been renewed for a fourth season.
In late , Fox aired Minority Report , a television series sequel adaptation to the film of the same name based on Dick's short story " The Minority Report ". The show was cancelled after one 10 episode season. In May , it was announced that a part anthology series was in the works. Titled Philip K. A play based on Radio Free Albemuth also had a brief run in the s. A radio drama adaptation of Dick's short story "Mr. Marvel Comics adapted Dick's short story " The Electric Ant " as a limited series which was released in In , BOOM! Studios started publishing a issue miniseries comic book adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
In response to a request from the National Library for the Blind for permission to make use of The Man in the High Castle , Dick responded, "I also grant you a general permission to transcribe any of my former, present or future work, so indeed you can add my name to your 'general permission' list. As of December , thirteen of Philip K. Dick's early works in the public domain in the United States are available in ebook form from Project Gutenberg. As of April 4, , Wikisource has one of Philip K.
Dick's early works in the public domain in the United States available in ebook form which is not from Project Gutenberg. Dick , is considered the standard biographical treatment of Dick's life. Dick , which the author describes in his preface in this way:. The book you hold in your hands is a very peculiar book. I have tried to depict the life of Philip K. Dick from the inside, in other words, with the same freedom and empathy — indeed with the same truth — with which he depicted his own characters. Critics of the book have complained about the lack of fact checking, sourcing, notes and index, "the usual evidence of deep research that gives a biography the solid stamp of authority.
Dick has influenced many writers, including Jonathan Lethem  and Ursula K. Le Guin. Dick Society was an organization dedicated to promoting the literary works of Dick and was led by Dick's longtime friend and music journalist Paul Williams. Williams also served as Dick's literary executor for several years after Dick's death and wrote one of the first biographies of Dick, entitled Only Apparently Real: The World of Philip K. Dick was recreated by his fans in the form of a simulacrum or remote-controlled android designed in his likeness.
Dick simulacrum was included on a discussion panel in a San Diego Comic Con presentation about the film adaptation of the novel, A Scanner Darkly. In February , an America West Airlines employee misplaced the android's head, and it has not yet been found. It is hyperreal.