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Philip K. Dick

American author

1928   -   1982

movement: postmodern literature
genre: science fiction literature, science fiction
country of citizenship: United States of America
native language: English
educated at: Berkeley High School
occupation: novelist, essayist, science fiction writer
award received: John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Hugo Award for Best Novel, , BSFA Award for Best Novel, Kurd Lasswitz Award for best foreign work

Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer known for his work in science fiction. His work explored philosophical, social, and political themes, with stories dominated by monopolistic corporations, alternative universes, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. His writing also reflected his interest in metaphysics and theology, and often drew upon his life experiences in addressing the nature of reality, identity, drug abuse, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences. Born in Illinois, he eventually moved to California and began publishing science fiction stories in the 1950s. His stories initially found little commercial success. His 1962 alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle earned Dick early acclaim, including a Hugo Award for Best Novel. He followed with science fiction novels such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and Ubik (1969). His 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel. Following a series of religious experiences in February 1974, Dick's work engaged more explicitly with issues of theology, philosophy, and the nature of reality, as in such novels as A Scanner Darkly (1977) and VALIS (1981). A collection of his non-fiction writing on these themes was published posthumously as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011). He died in 1982, at age 53, due to complications from a stroke. Dick's writing produced 44 published novels and approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime.A variety of popular films based on Dick's works have been produced, including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (adapted twice: in 1990 and in 2012), Minority Report (2002), A Scanner Darkly (2006), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). In 2005, Time named Ubik one of the 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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works

199

A Maze of Death

novel by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

1970

Paycheck

book by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

2003

Pilgrim on the Hill

novel by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

1948

Piper in the Woods

short story by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

Planet for Transients

short story by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

Prize Ship

short story by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

Psi-man Heal My Child!

short story by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

Recall Mechanism

short story by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

Retreat Syndrome

short story by Philip K. Dick

author: Philip K. Dick

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