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Philip K. Dick and Our Predicament
American Thinker ^ | 05.05.13 | By J.R. Dunn

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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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: gnostic; philipkdick; sciencefiction; scifi

1 posted on 05/08/2013 6:43:49 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Aevery_Freeman; ShadowAce; Jack Hydrazine; Altariel; nuancey; Thorliveshere; skinkinthegrass; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/08/2013 6:44:36 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Perdogg

he was/is the greatest writer of all.


3 posted on 05/08/2013 6:51:49 AM PDT by brivette
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To: Perdogg

I enjoyed his SciFi books and stories. Discovered him many, many years ago.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 6:53:58 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Perdogg

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.


5 posted on 05/08/2013 6:54:26 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Perdogg

Isn’t he AKA Kilgore Trout ?


6 posted on 05/08/2013 7:01:40 AM PDT by jcon40
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To: jcon40

No, Kilgore Trout was the literary invention of Kurt Vonnegut.


7 posted on 05/08/2013 7:03:08 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Perdogg

Good article.

Dick achieved a level of paranoia in the 70’s that most of us are only starting to appreciate today.


8 posted on 05/08/2013 7:04:08 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.) “


9 posted on 05/08/2013 7:04:21 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Perdogg

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.


10 posted on 05/08/2013 7:05:32 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Perdogg

As it turns out, androids really DO dream of electric sheep.


11 posted on 05/08/2013 7:06:29 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: jcon40
Isn’t he AKA Kilgore Trout ?

Kilgore Trout was Vonnegut's version of Theodore Sturgeon.

12 posted on 05/08/2013 7:08:39 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: kingu

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.


13 posted on 05/08/2013 7:08:51 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Oberon

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


14 posted on 05/08/2013 7:13:26 AM PDT by jcon40
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To: Perdogg

The Man in the High Castle


15 posted on 05/08/2013 7:13:50 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Steely Tom

Ah....
Theodaor Sturgeon

So how did you find this out?


16 posted on 05/08/2013 7:16:52 AM PDT by jcon40
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To: Oberon
"As it turns out, androids really DO dream of electric sheep."

My take on that question was that androids dream of REAL sheep.

17 posted on 05/08/2013 7:18:38 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Steely Tom

I see it on Wiwipedia - got it. Looks like it makes sense

Thanks


18 posted on 05/08/2013 7:20:01 AM PDT by jcon40
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To: kingu
"I remember the first time..."

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.

19 posted on 05/08/2013 7:20:40 AM PDT by Proud_texan
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To: jcon40
You may be thinking of Philip Jose Farmer, who wrote Venus on the Half Shell using the name of Kilgore Trout.
20 posted on 05/08/2013 7:21:46 AM PDT by dorothy ( "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

My first PKD novel.


21 posted on 05/08/2013 7:23:19 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Looking for my generations Lexington and Concord.)
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To: Perdogg

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.


22 posted on 05/08/2013 7:24:15 AM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: Proud_texan

I found EYE IN THE SKY around the same time and was hooked. Still have all my Dick paperback originals.


23 posted on 05/08/2013 7:27:27 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Perdogg

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.


24 posted on 05/08/2013 7:52:49 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Oberon; jcon40

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.


25 posted on 05/08/2013 7:57:03 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Perhaps inspiration for the 2002 film S1m0ne?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S1m0ne


26 posted on 05/08/2013 7:57:12 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: SAMWolf
Memory test, I never forgot the answer to this one, for obvious reasons.

In the novel, Bob Hope was broadcasting to America over the radio. Where was he broadcasting from?

27 posted on 05/08/2013 8:21:05 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: jcon40

Nah, Philip K. Dick’s pseudonymous character name was Horselover Fat.


28 posted on 05/08/2013 9:00:20 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Perdogg

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.


29 posted on 05/08/2013 9:09:50 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Given your screen name, I’m going with Canada, eh?


30 posted on 05/08/2013 9:26:55 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: Perdogg

Excellent article. Thanks for posting. Phillip K. Dick needs to be more widely read.


31 posted on 05/08/2013 9:29:04 AM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Perdogg

“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.


32 posted on 05/08/2013 9:39:34 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Perdogg; KevinDavis

On the rare occasions that I read fiction, he’s da man.


33 posted on 05/08/2013 7:10:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Perdogg
Heinlein and Asimov were the greatest Grand Masters of all. Future History and Psychohistory were concepts of human development beyond anything ever written before or since.
34 posted on 05/08/2013 11:36:12 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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