Skip to comments.Philip K. Dick and Our Predicament
Posted on 05/08/2013 6:43:49 AM PDT by Perdogg
I've been thinking about Philip K. Dick quite a lot in recent months.
Philip K. Dick, for those who pay no attention to such things, is the writer who, without ever expressly intending it, transformed the often shabby and degraded genre of science fiction into something resembling art.
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he was/is the greatest writer of all.
I enjoyed his SciFi books and stories. Discovered him many, many years ago.
The man was a real artist, with a real artistic temperment (as opposed to the faux version all too common among the current crop of pseuds that do modern “art”). I find his work hard to read, but undeniably powerful.
Isn’t he AKA Kilgore Trout ?
No, Kilgore Trout was the literary invention of Kurt Vonnegut.
Dick achieved a level of paranoia in the 70’s that most of us are only starting to appreciate today.
From the link;
“(See Dick’s short story, “The Mold of Yancy,” in which a presidential candidate is totally unavailable and never seen outside of his video ads, because, it turns out, he doesn’t actually exist.) “
I remember the first time I brought home a Philip K Dick novel; my mother threw a fit, wanting to know why I’d want to read a book by a whacked out druggie. I had no answer, I was just 10, and still judged much of what I was going to read by the cover. I set aside the offending book, promised I wouldn’t touch any more of his books, and then read it that night under the covers with a flashlight.
It was Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. The book didn’t have a transformative effect in my life, but it did give birth to a love of science fiction based not in space, but here on earth, and the possible futures that it might bring.
As it turns out, androids really DO dream of electric sheep.
Kilgore Trout was Vonnegut's version of Theodore Sturgeon.
The first book I ever bought for myself was a short story collection, “Golden Apples of the Sun” by Ray Bradbury. I sure could have chosen worse. It was a little red-covered paperback, and it cost me $0.75 at a Waldenbooks.
RE: Kilgore Tout / Philp K Dick
Understood about him being Vonnegut’s Character but also
Understood - Philip K Dick and Vonnegut were friends and the inspiration of the character named Kilgore Trout in Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions
And “Who is Kilgore Trout” an extension of another famous book that asks “Who is John Galt”
Am I wrong? was told this years ago. I owned a bookstore that attracted many well read people where I was given these tid bits of supposed truth
The Man in the High Castle
So how did you find this out?
My take on that question was that androids dream of REAL sheep.
I see it on Wiwipedia - got it. Looks like it makes sense
Funny how some people remember their first exposure to PKD.
In '68 I found a copy of Counter Clock World in a thrift store for a nickel and figured I couldn't go wrong and it resulted in my reading just about everything he ever wrote.
A slight correction to the article. I know of at least 11 of his stories that have been made into movies which, I think, is more than any author short of Stephen King.
My first PKD novel.
He was a great sci-fi writer; he had great insight into human nature.
One of my favorites was “Clans of the Alphane Moon,” where inmates of a mental institution set up shop on a planet under their various mental disorders. Turns out the “normal” people who discovered them were just as nutty, but hadn’t been labeled yet.
I found EYE IN THE SKY around the same time and was hooked. Still have all my Dick paperback originals.
the author makes it seem that Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, Clarke were hacks with no artistic bent.
I like Dick, Love some of his stories, but he was seriously mentally ill. if that is the artistic they speak of, then one has to question the critic.
Philip Jose Farmer was given permission to write under the Vonnegut nom di plume of Kilgore Trout.
you might want to check out “ venus on the half shell” by Trout (farmer)
it is the piece that ‘Hitchhikers Guide’ was blatantly stolen from...
hilarious....I highly recommend it....for what that is worth.
Perhaps inspiration for the 2002 film S1m0ne?
In the novel, Bob Hope was broadcasting to America over the radio. Where was he broadcasting from?
Nah, Philip K. Dick’s pseudonymous character name was Horselover Fat.
Philip K. Dick had some rough times, but during one of them there was somebody who loaned him money for his crushing tax debts and bought him a typewriter so he could support himself. The two couldn’t have been further apart politically. Dick dedicated a book of short stories to him. Fellow you may have heard of: Robert A. Heinlein.
Given your screen name, I’m going with Canada, eh?
Excellent article. Thanks for posting. Phillip K. Dick needs to be more widely read.
“his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? became the basis of Blade Runner, a film that reflected his personal vision a lot more than might be expected from Hollywood.”
It captured the vision despite taking the plot in a completely different direction. Movie tells the book’s tale to about halfway thru, then IIRC a drive takes a left turn instead of a right, ending up in an opposite ending. Nonetheless, and in rare form, it remains faithful to the spirit of the text.
On the rare occasions that I read fiction, he’s da man.