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The author of the book: Philip K. Dick
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Date of issue: January 30th 1996
ISBN 13: 9780679747871
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I doubt that many reading this book will be unfamiliar with Dick's major works. Although the essays at the beginning of the book are general enough to be accessible to a general audience, in the later sections of the book there are passages for which some of Dick's novels (in particular Ubik, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and VALIS) are required reading. The essays with which the book ends are especially dense, and it would be useful when reading these to know something of Dick's autobiography, and in particular details of his "2-3-74" experiences (described in Lawrence Sutin's Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick and in Emmanuel Carrère's I Am Alive and You Are Dead: The Strange Life and Times of Philip K. Dick).
It is interesting how this book shifts from being a reflection of Dick's thoughts on philosophical matters to a kind of autobiographical work in which Dick employs philosophical ideas to make sense of his experiences. He writes lucidly, with a good knowledge of pre-Socratic philosophy and early Gnostic writings, so whether he's analyzing philosophy or interpreting his own dreams, it's an intriguing reading experience.
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Read information about the authorPhilip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.
In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, ten of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.
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