Philip K. Dick at the Library

“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 WilsonUrsala 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.

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“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

by Matt

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