Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings

ISBN-10: 0679747877

ISBN-13: 9780679747871

Edition: 1995

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Description: 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"

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/30/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Phillip Kindred Dick was an American science fiction writer best known for his psychological portrayals of characters trapped in illusory environments. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 16, 1928, Dick worked in radio and studied briefly at the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on his writing career. His first novel, Solar Lottery, was published in 1955. In 1963, Dick won the Hugo Award for his novel, The Man in the High Castle. He also wrote a series of futuristic tales about artificial creatures on the loose; notable of these was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was later adapted into film as Blade Runner. Dick also published several collections of short stories. He died of a stroke in Santa Ana, California, in 1982.

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