“I love SF, I love to read it; I love to write it. The SF writer sees not just possibilities but wild possibilities. It’s not just ‘What if’-it’s ‘My God; what if’-in frenzy and hysteria. The Martians are always coming.”
-Philip K. Dick
How is it that an author, who had to fight for so long during his life to have his work be accepted along side of the literary mainstream of his time, can still be so influential almost 30 years after death?
When The Adjustment Bureau is released in March, it will become the 9th movie to be derived from a Philip K. Dick story (Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, etc). Despite the fact that Dick’s books were considered counter-culture and radical during his time the emergence of his stories on to the film scene has led to an acceptance of science fiction stories with philosophical undercurrents whose plots involve metaphysical espionage, shifting realities, overwhelming conspiracies, and artificially constructed realities (for instance; the blockbuster movies Inception and The Matrix Trilogy and television shows such as Twin Peaks and Lost).
His legacy in film world grew even outside of movies themselves. In fact, the cult of PKD has also influenced a generation of critically acclaimed and award winning science fiction authors such as Jonathan Lethem, Roberto Bolaño, Robert Charles Wilson, Ursala K. Le Guin, and Haruki Murakami. And each year the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society presents the Philip K. Dick Award to what they deem is the best Science Fiction Book of the year.
Continue reading for some of the Philip K. Dick resources available to you through the Prairie State College Library.
Books & Articles
In 2007, it was announced that Philip K. Dick would be the first Science Fiction author to have his collected works published by the Library of America. Found inside this three volume set are some classic stories by Dick, including; The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner), A Scanner Darkly, and my personal favorite, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.
- Four Novels of the 1960s
- Five Novels of the 1960s and 1970s
- Valis and the Later Novels
- Blade Runner: (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)
- Short story “The Jigsaw Man” in Dangerous Visions : 33 original stories edited by Harlan Ellison
- Philip K. Dick by Douglas A. Mackey
- Science fiction writers : critical studies of the major authors from the early nineteenth century to the present day by Richard Bleiler
Articles on Philip K. Dick
- Philip k. dick. (2011). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from Britannica Online.
- Philip kindred dick (1996). St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers. New York: St. James Press, 1996. Retrieved from Gale Biography In Context.
- Wilson, J., & Mescallado, R.. Philip k. dick. Magill’s Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition, 1-10. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
- Aichele, G. (2006). The possibility of error: Minority report and the gospel of mark. Biblical Interpretation, 14(1/2), 143-157. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
- Garvey, J. (2007). A real gnostic gospel. Commonweal, 134(9), 13-16. Retrieved from WilsonSelectPlus.
- Geraci, R. M. (2007). Robots and the sacred in science and science fiction: Theological implications of artificial intelligence. Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science, 42(4), 961-980. Retrieved from EBSCOhost
- Gyu Han, K. (2009). Going beyond binary disposition of 0/1: Rethinking the question of technology. Midwest Quarterly (pp. 176-189). Midwest Quarterly. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
- Hickman, J. (2009). When science fiction writers used fictional drugs: Rise and fall of the twentieth-century drug dystopia. Utopian Studies, 20(1), 141-170. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
- Huang, B. (2008). Premodern orientalist science fictions. MELUS, 33(4), 23. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
- Maxwell, A. (2009). Eugenics and the classical ideal of beauty in philip k. dick’s “The golden man”. Science-Fiction Studies, 36(1), 87-100. Retrieved from WilsonSelectPlus.
- Rosa, J. M. (2008). A misreading gone too far? Baudrillard meets philip k. dick. Science-Fiction Studies, 35(1), 60-71. Retrieved from WilsonSelectPlus.
- Sims, C. A. (2009). The dangers of individualism and the human relationship to technology in philip k. dick’s “Do androids dream of electric sheep?”. Science-Fiction Studies, 36(1), 67-86. Retrieved from WilsonSelectPlus.
- Walker, J. (2004). Every man a demiurge. Reason, 35(9), 64-5. Retrieved from WilsonSelectPlus
- Zoreda, M. (1994). Bakhtin, blobels and philip dick. Journal of Popular Culture, 28(3), 55-61. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
“Dick was not a science fiction writer, but instead he was our writer. Some science fiction readers have chided him for valuing the fiction over the science, and he certainly did not write your typical space operas…. Dick was our writer because he was deeply concerned about human matters and about spiritual survival in an ever more materialistic and media-driven world. That should be good enough reason alone to be in anyone’s canon.”
– San Francisco Chronicle