Philip K. Dick FAQ, v.3
Compiled by Joel Margot and Walter Flaschka from many sources. Thanks especially to the people who mailed information.
2. BOOKS PUBLISHED BY PHILIP K. DICK
3. PKD SHORT STORIES
4. SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS / ANTHOLOGIES
5. PKD's NON-FICTION
6. PKD NEWSLETTERS AND MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS
8. PKD-BASED MOVIES
9. PKD TERMS/LINGO
10. GENERAL PKD REFERENCES
11. REFERENCES IN POPULAR MUSIC
12. FAQS DEALING WITH PKD SUBJECTS
13. WINNERS OF THE PKD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SF
14. PKD CONTEMPORARIES
15. COMMENTS BY AND ABOUT PKD
16. INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PKD AND HIS WORK
17. BIBLIOGRAPHY: CONTRIBUTORS, SOURCES
Born in 1928, Philip K. Dick died in 1982 (you just need to change the two and the eight, very phildickian process!).
Everything began in Chicago, on the 16th of December, 1928. Philip Kindred and Jane Kindred Dick cried and wept for the first time in their lives. Jane died after 41 days, because of the carelessness of their mother, Dorothy Grant Kindred (who didn't tak
1930 was the year of his departure for Berkeley, CA. In 1932, his parents divorced and three years later he and his mother moved to Washington, DC. 1938: back to Berkeley. In '40, '42 and '43 they moved around in Berkeley. Phil let his friends call him
Around 1944-46, he underwent intensive psychiatric treatment against agoraphobia and some other psychological troubles. He entered Berkeley High School in 1944. At 18, he left his mother's flat, where he had been living since his parents' divorce. He m
In 1947, he received a diploma for finishing high school, and worked in a TV sales and repair shop (they also sold records). Music would remain his great passion: it would stay omnipresent throughout his works. In September 1949, after having moved to a
Concerning Dick's reading, he admired various authors, as different as H. P. Lovecraft and Fredrik Brown, and read still and always a lot of Van Vogt. At 24, he began his literary career without an agent; that is, he was trying to put out his short stori
At the end of 1951, he gave his resignation to the record shop. In June 1952, a certain fellow named Scott Meredith in New York agreed to be his literary agent. 1952 was the time of discoveries like Herbert, Sheckley, Farmer, Aldiss, Silverberg, Vonnegu
Between 1951 and 58, our author wrote and sold about eighty short stories! In 1954, Dick met Van Vogt at the SF WorldCon in San Francisco. Between 1950 and 1960, he wrote eleven novels of pure fiction, but didn't sell any of them, as you know. Having so
Nearing their thirties, Dick and his wife Kleo left Berkeley for Point Reyes in Marin County, CA. Marin County appears in many mainstream phildickian novels. There, he met Anne Williams Rubinstein, born 1927 in St Louis. Five months after their move to
With the beginning of the sixties, he suffered worse and worse breakdowns; the cause of this was the amphetamines that allowed him to hold the speed of sixty pages per day; this was the speed he needed not to starve. He received the Hugo Award (in rememb
Dick's need for amphetamines didn't decline, nor did his long breakdowns. After a stay at the hospital because of a case of pancreatitis that almost cost Dick his life, Nancy left him taking Isa with her in 1970. That was the really dark period in Dick's
The 17th of November, 1971, somebody broke into his house. He was convinced it was the CIA. This troubling event starts a paranoia in Dick's mind, for nothing of value has been taken away, just perishable food; it appears to have been more a military ope
Around this period (1972), he met K. W. Jeter and Tim Powers at Cal-State in Fullerton; they attended a lecture by a writing professor named John Schwarz.
The next year, he got many threatening phone calls. He sheltered in Canada without Kathy. There, he gave his famous lecture, THE ANDROID AND THE HUMAN, in Vancouver, first at the University of British Columbia and a day or two later as his Guest of Honor
At this time, Dick had one of his mystical experiences that explain the almost divine nature of his last novels. His last lecture took place in Metz (France) in 1977. He died in 1982 on a hospital bed, of heart failure, leaving a unfinished novel, THE O
(C) Copyright 1993 by Joel Margot
2. BOOKS PUBLISHED BY PHILIP K. DICK
Arranged by publication date.
KEY: Published Title (Alternate Title), date, [comments]
> Solar Lottery, Copyright 1955 by PKD., 1st Collier Books edition 1990 ISBN: 0-02-029125-6 (1955). Published in the UK as "World of Chance"
> A Handful of Darkness, 55
> The Man Who Japed, 56
> Eye In The Sky, 57
> The Cosmic Puppets, 57, (A Glass of Darkness)
> The Variable Man, 57, Collection
> Time Out Of Joint, 59
> The World Jones Made (Womb for Another), 59
> Dr Futurity, 60 also appeared in "PKD Omnibus"
> Puttering About In A Small Land, 55-60. Academy Publishers, Chicago (1985) ISBN 0-89733-149-4
> The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, 60, published by Mark V. Zeising (1984), ISBN 0-9612970-0-X.
> Vulcan's Hammer, 60
> Confessions of a Crap Artist, 60's
> In Milton Lumky Territory, 60's. Published by Gollancz (1986), ISBN 0-575-03625-7
> Humpty Dumpty In Oakland, 60's written between 60-62. Published by Gollancz (1986), ISBN 0-575-03875-6
> The Man In The High Castle, 62 -won the Hugo Award that year.
> The Game Players Of Titan, 63
> Clans Of The Alphane Moon, 64
> Martian Time-Slip, 64, Ballentine/Del rey, stock item 29560, (C) 1964, isbn 0-345-29560-9, First printing April 1964, fourth printing June 1981
> The Penultimate Truth, 64, (In the Mold of Yancy)
> The Simulacra, 64, (The First Lady of Earth)
> The Unteleported Man, 64 In "PKD Omnibus" (Lies, Inc.)
> The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch, 64
> Doctor Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb, 65
> The Zap Gun, 65 in "Worlds of Tomorrow" Nov 65 & Jan 66 as "Operation Plowshare"
> The Crack In Space, 66 also in "PKD Omnibus"
> Counter Clock World, 67, (The Dead Grow Young)
> The Ganymede Takeover (The Stones Rejected) joint with Ray Nelson, 67
> Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep (The Electric Toad; Do Androids Dream?; The Electric Sheep; The Killers Are Among Us! Cried Rick Dekard to the Special Man) [Okay, okay, subtitled "Blade Runner" nowadays], 1968
> Galactic Pot-Healer, 69
> The Preserving Machine & other stories, 69, Collection
> Ubik, 69, (Screenplay)
> Now Wait For Last Year, 70's, no date on (C)
> A Maze Of Death, 70 , (The Name of the Game is Death)
> Our Friends From Frolix 8, 70
> We Can Build You, (A. Lincoln, Simulacrum / We Can Build You, The First in Your Family), 72 serialized 69,70,
> The Turning Wheel and Other Stories, 73, Collection A.K.A "The book of PKD"
> Flow My Tears The Policeman Said, 74
> Deus Irae (The Kneeling Legless Man), 76 joint with Roger Zelazny
> A Scanner Darkly, 77
> The Golden Man, 80, Collection, with forward, notes & afterward (C) PKD, 80
> The Divine Invasion, (Valis Regained) [part of VALIS trilogy], 81,
> Valis, [part of VALIS trilogy], 81
> The Transmigration Of Timothy Archer, (Bishop Timothy Archer) [part of VALIS trilogy], 82
> The Glimmung of Plowman's Planet (Nick and the Glimming) Copyright 1985 by PKD (!), illustrations copyright 1988 by Paul Demayer. 1st pub in GB by Victor Gollancz Ltd 1988. One edition is by Piper in 1990. ISBN 0-330-31474-2. Oddly, it is marked "not
> Radio Free Albemuth, (Valisystem A), posthumous from a manuscript given by PKD to Tim Powers, 1985
> I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon, Copyright 1985 by estate of PKD. ISBN: 0-312-90838-5 (1985)
> Mary and the Giant, [non-science fiction novel] Copyright 1987 by the estate of PKD. Published by Arbor House ISBN: 0-87795-850-5
> The Broken Bubble (of Thisbe Holt), 1988, Arbor House. ISBN 0-55710-037-3.
> Gather Yourselves Together, ~1949-1952. WCS Books, Herndon, VA (1994) ISBN 1-8-78914-05-7 (Library of Congress number 94-60500) [mainstream fiction].
Those where we have a manuscript, but never published are:
> Voices From The Street
There are more novels by Dick, but in most cases the manuscript of these novels has been lost:
> Return to Liliput
> A Time For George Stavros
> Pilgrim On The Hill
> Nicholas And The Higs
3. PKD SHORT STORIES
NOTE: Some data (mostly publication dates) are estimates. KEY: Title, Date Written, Recent Publication, Original Publication, Original Publish Date
> Beyond Lies The Wub, 52, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Planet Stories" Jul 52
> Roog, 52, Story in "The Preserving Machine" "Fantasy and Science Fiction" Feb 53
> A Present for Pat, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> Adjustment Team, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> Breakfast At Twilight, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> Defenders, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> Nanny, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> PSI-Man, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> Shell Game, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> The Commuter, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> The Turning Wheel, 52-55, Story in "The Turning Wheel and other stories"
> If There Were No Benny Cemoli, 53, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Galaxy" 63
> Preserving Machine, 53, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in in "Fantasy and Science Fiction" June 53
> Second Variety, 53, Novella in "The Variable Man"
> The King of The Elves, 53, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Beyond"Sep 53
> Variable Man, 53, Novella in "The Variable Man"
> A World of Talent, 54, Novella in "The Variable Man"
> Meddler, 54, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Future Science Fiction" Jun 54
> Sales Pitch, 54, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Future Science Fiction" Jun 54
> Small Town, 54, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Amazing" May 54
> The Crawlers, 54, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Imagination" Jul 54
> The Golden Man, 54, Story in "The Golden Man", orgiginally in Worlds of "IF" Apr 54
> The Last of The Masters, 54, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Orbit" Nov/Dec 54
> The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford, 54, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Fantasy and Science Fiction" Jan 54
> Upon The Dull Earth, 54, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Beyond" 54
> Autofac, 55, Novella in "The Variable Man"
> Captive Market, 55, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "IF" Apr 55
> Minority Report, 55, Novella in "The Variable Man"
> Solar Lottery, 55, Novel first published 55 as "World of Chance" also called "Quizmaster Take All"
> The Mold of Yancy, 55, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "World of IF" Aug 55
> War Veteran, 55, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "IF", Mar 55
> Pay For The Printer, 56, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Satellite" Oct 56
> The Unreconstructed M, 56, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Original Science Fiction Stories" Jan 57
> Explorers We, 59, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Fantasy and Science Fiction" Jan 59
> War Game, 59, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Galaxy" Dec 59
> Top Stand-By Job, 63, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Amazing" Oct 63 as "Stand-By"
> What'll We Do WIth Ragland Park?, 63, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Amazing" Nov 63
> A Game of Unchance, 64, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Amazing" Jul 64
> Oh, To Be a Blobel, 64, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Galaxy" Feb 64
> Precious Artifact, 64, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Galaxy" Oct 64
> Retreat Syndrome, 64, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Worlds of Tomorrow" Jan 65
> The Little Black Box, 64, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Worlds of Tomorrow" Aug 64
> Holy Quarrel, 66, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Worlds of Tomorrow" May 66
> Return Match, 66, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Galaxy", Feb 67
> We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, 66, Story in "The Preserving Machine", originally in "Fantasy and Science Fiction" Apr 66
> Not By Its Cover, 68, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Famous Science Fiction" summer 68
> The War With The Fnools, 68, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Galaxy" Feb 69
> The Pre-Persons, 74, Story in "The Golden Man", originally in "Fantasy and Science Fiction" Oct 74
> The Exit Door Leads In, 79, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Rolling Stone College Paper" fall 79
> Chains of Air, Web of Aether, 80, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Steller Science Fiction Stories" No. 5 80
> I Hope I shall Arrive Soon, 80, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Playboy" Dec 80
> Rautavaara's Case, 80, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Omni" Oct 80
> The Alien Mind, 81, Story in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" originally in "Fantasy and Science Fiction" Oct 81
> Strange Memories of Death, 85, Essay in "I Hope I shall Arrive Soon" for first time
> I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon, 86, Collection, intro & "strange memories" (C) estate 85
4. SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS / ANTHOLOGIES
> The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, volumes 1 through 5 Stories
> The Golden Man, 80
> The Variable Man, 57
> The Turning Wheel and Other Stories (The book of PKD), 73
> The Preserving Machine & other stories, 69
> Robots, Androids, and Mechanical Oddities-- an anthology by Warrick and Greenberg published ?1984. (HELP: PKD-related?)
Note: The contents of these collections are listed behind the short story titles in section 3 above. Just squint.
> Naziism and The High Castle, , originally appeard in "Niekas" #9 Sep 64
> Drugs, Hallucinations, And the Quest for Reality, , originally appeared in "Lighthouse" #11 Nov 64
> Schizophrenia & The Book of Changes, , originally in "Niekas" #11 Mar 65
> Will the Atomic Bomb Ever Be Perfected, And If So, What Becomes of Robert Heinlein?, , originally in "Lighthouse" #14 Oct 66
> Anthony Boucher, 68, Essay in "Fantasy & Science Fiction" Aug 68
> The Story to End All Stories for Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions, , outline, originally in "Niekas" #20 Fall 68
> That Moon Plaque, , originally in "Men on the Moon" 2nd edn 69
> Letter, 70, as Afterword to PKD: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, originally in 'Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd'
> Letter, 70, in 'Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd', originally in "SF Commentary" #9 Feb 70
> Letter, 70, in 'Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd', originally in "SF Commentary" #17 Nov 70
> Notes Made Late At Night By A Weary SF Writer, in "Eternity Science Fiction" (old series) #1, July 1972
> Excerpt from "The Dark-Haired Girl", in "Vector" #64, Mar-Apr 1973
> Letter, 73, "The Alien Critic" #6, August 1973
> The Nixon Crowd, , originally in "SF Commentary" #39 Nov 73
> Letter, 73, in 'Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd', originally in "SF Commentary" #39 Nov 73
> Three Sci-Fi Writers View the Future, , originally in "Voice" v55n14 Jan 74
> The Android and the Human, 72, Speech in 'Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd', also in "Vector" #64, Mar/Apr 73, originally delivered at Vancouver SF Convention, March 72
> Who is a SF Writer?, , "Science Fiction: The Academic Awakening" 74
> Letters from Amerika, , in "Vector" #67/68 Spring 74
> An Open Letter to Joanna Russ, in "Vertex" October 1974, This letter is the end (?) of an exchange :- Russ, "Vector" #67/68 - response to "The Android and the Human"; Russ, "Vertex" Feb 1974 - "The Image of Women in SF"; Poul Anderson, "Vertex" June 19
> The Evolution of a Vital Love, , originally appeared as supplement to Mike Bailey's personalzine #20 & #21 May 75
> Memories Found in a Bill from A Small Animal Vet, , "The Real World" #5 Feb/Mar 76
> Man, Android and Machine, , Essay/Speech in 'Science Fiction At Large' 76
> The Short Happy Life of a Science Fiction Writer, , originally in "Scintillation" Jun 76
> If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others, , Speech given at Metz SF Festival Sep 77
> Letter, 77, originally in "Scintillation" #12 Mar 77
> Letter re Lem, in "Science Fiction Review" #24, February 1978
> Afterthoughts by the Author, 77, in "TBtO"
> Scientists Claim: We Are Centre of Universe, , originally in "New Worlds" #216 Sep 79
> The Lucky Dog Pet Store, , Introduction to "TGM", originally in "Foundation" #17, September 1979
> Introduction, Afterword, Story Notes, 80, Essays in "TGM"
> Universe Makers ... And Breakers, , "SelecTV Guide" 15 Feb 81
> Foreword to The Preserving Machine, , in "Science Fiction Studies: Selected Articles on Science Fiction 1973-1975"
> How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later, , Essay in "IHISAS"
> Now Wait For This Year, , Essay in "Writers of the 21st Century: Philip K. Dick" 83, a revised version of "The Lucky Dog Pet Store"
> Letter, and reply from Ursula K. Le Guin, in "Science Fiction Review" #39, Summer 1981
> Letter, in "Science Fiction Review" #41, Winter 1981
> Review of "The Divine Invasion", as by Chipdip K. Kill, in "The Patchin Review" #7 Mar 1985, originally submitted for publication in "Venom" (which published spoof hostile reviews by authors of their own work, under a pseudonym)
>Patricia S. Warrick, "Mind in Motion: The Fiction of Philip K. Dick" (1987)
> Thoughts on VALIS, in "New Pathways" #7, Apr-May 1987, Excerpt from a letter to John B. Ross
> See also, the published volumes of Letters, the published Exegesis, "The Dark Haired Girl", and the forthcoming "The Altered Reality of Philip K. Dick"
INTERVIEWS WITH PKD
> by John Boonstra, in "Twilight Zone"
> by John Boonstra - parts omitted from "Twilight Zone" published in "The Patchin Review" Oct 82
> by Charles Platt, in "The Dream Makers" 80 aka "Who Writes Science Fiction ?"
> by Daniel DePrez, in "Science Fiction Review" Aug 76
6. PKD NEWSLETTERS AND MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS
> 90 minutes with Philip K. Dick. [Glen Ellen, CA: Philip K. Dick Society 1986]. 1 sound cassette (90 min.) analog, mono. You might be able to get more information about this cassette from The Philip K. Dick Society Newsletter.
> Kim Stanley Robinson wrote a book on PKD. (HELP: Name? Date?) Robinson provides an analysis of PKD's typical plot dynamics (something like: boss, mechanic, aggressive woman, passive woman, with intersecting lines running between them).
> "The Altered Reality of Philip K. Dick", due from Lawrence Sutin February 1995 from Random House. Catalogue copy:
"Philip K. Dick was a pioneer in science fiction. Ursula K. LeGuin referred to him as "our own homegrown Borges," and he is acknowledged by a broad range of critics and fellow artists to be one of the most visionary writers in American literature. Now,
In these pieces Dick explored such issues as the merging of physics and metaphysics; the potential influence of "virtual reality" and its consequences; the challenges that fundamental human values face in an age of technology and spiritual decline. And n
At once entertaining and incisive, this collection reconfirms Philip K. Dick not only as a seminal science fiction writer, but also as a man of boundless intellect and wholly original imagination.
Edited with an introduction by Lawrence Sutin. Sutin gave up the practice of law to pursue a career as a writer. His first book, _Divine Invasions_, was a biography of Philip K. Dick. He lives in Minneapolis.
Saturday at the checkout counter of a bookstore I noticed a stack of copies of _The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick_, a collection of writings by our man, edited by Sutin, author of _Divine Invasions_. So far it looks good. It includes, among much el
Essays, Philosophy - 368 pp.
US $25.00, CDN $35.00 "
> "PKD Society Newsletter" is no longer publishing (TRUE?), but ask for a catalog. Back issues & other items should still be available. Their new address is:
Encinitas, CA 92023
> "Radio Free PKD"
27068 S. La Paz #430, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 [subscription is $12 a year, 4 issues, 10 pages each].
> Dave Hyde has recently released a new edition of FDO. It's a special, unnumbered issue collecting all the unusual manuscripts he has received. The next regular issue should follow close behind, perhaps even as soon as December. I think it's on "EYE IN
> THE PHILIP K DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, an audio production by the Post-Void Radio Theatre. A copy of this excruciatingly funny homage to our friend PKD can be had for $9.00 from: Petr Stenshoel c/o The Excluded Middle P.O. Box 1077 Los Angeles, Ca. 90048 USA
> Ganymedean Slime Mold Publications P.O. Box 112 New Haven, IN 46774 USA
> "Selected Letters of PKD" Hardbound, $40, for the years 1972-73, 1974, 1975-6, 1977-9 (?)
> "Welcome to Reality, The Nightmares of Philip K. Dick" ed. Uwe Anton (trade paperback) Publisher: Broken Mirrors Press, Box 473, Cambridge MA 02238. A collection of short stories in which PKD is a character. One story by PKD ("Warning: We Are Your Po
> "Dangerous Visions" ed. Harlan Ellison PKD's story "Faith of Our Fathers" appeared in this collection of cutting edge 60s sf. Classic.
> On Philip K. Dick: 40 Articles from Science-Fiction Studies
ISBN 0-9633169-0-7 Hardcover
ISBN 0-9633169-1-5 Paerback
A few of the articles are unreadable in that trendy pomo litcrit style, but it was a fairly authoritative Bibliography of his novels and short stories, as well as inventories of the CSUF collection, and some interesting articles.
> A bookseller who recently published a catalog of PKD rare and unusual items: Ken Lopez, 51 Huntington Rd., Hadley, MA 01035. You can call him at (413) 584-4827 to request the catalog. The catalog is full of signed items from the collection of novelist,
> "Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick", by Lawrence Sutin (1988). This biography contains an amusing anecdote about PKD's domineering editor, pg. 66: "Terry Carr [SF editor] used to have a line about how if the Holy Bible was printed as an Ace
Alternate source: Poul Anderson, posthumous appreciation of Philip K. Dick in Locus magazine #256 (5/82). Quoted by Gregg Rickman in "To The High Castle; Philip K. Dick: A Life 1928-1962" (1989)
Published by Harmony Books
a division of Crown Publishers, Inc.
201 East 50th Street
New York, New York 10022.
>Anne Dick's memoirs, due out in February 1996.
The search for Philip K. Dick
1928-1982 : a memoir / Anne R. Dick.
Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1996.
The ISBN will be 0-7734-9137-6. The LCCN is 95-8690.
> Gregg Rickman in "To The High Castle; Philip K. Dick: A Life 1928-1962" (1989)
> "An Exegesis" by PKD. [Published yet? I heard that an editor was working on it, and that it measured +10,000 pages.] "PKD had a number of strong religious experiences on 2/3/74 that colored his subsequent work. "An Exegesis" is a huge set of handwri
> THE DIALECTIC:
> God against Satan, & God's
> Final Victory foretold & shown
> Philip K. Dick
> AN EXEGESIS
> Apologia Pro Mia Vita
> Levack's PKD bibliography is still in print, according to Books In Print. It's published by Greenwood and costs $59.95; the ISBN is 0-313-27680-3.
8. PKD-BASED MOVIES / PLAYS
> "Bladerunner" (see information regarding the Bladerunner Movie FAQ)
> "Total Recall" (starring Arnold Schwartzeneggar) [From PKD story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." Character Douglas Quail never left Earth in the short story. But some PKD themes do show up in the movie.]
> "Confessions of a Crap Artist" has been made into a French movie entitled "Confessions d'un Barjo". Reportedly available from Blockbuster Video (look in the "Hot Singles" section).
There was a stage adaptation of FLOW MY TEARS? It was originally produced in Boston, but was being staged in the Chicago area a few years before 1994. [Confirmation??]
The December 30th Daily Variety mentioned that a film titled "Screamers" based on PKD's short story "Second Variety" is in the works, to star Peter Weller and directed by Christian Duguay (Scanners II and III) from a script by Dan O'Bannon (Total Recall).
O'Bannon's "Second Variety" screenplay has been floating around Hollywood for years and years (it was called "Claw" for a while). Incredibly violent and bloody.
Rumor has it that there was a movie script making the rounds in Hollywood which is based on PKD's short story, "The Minority Report."
There's also lots of seemingly reliable talk that Kubrick's script for his currently in-production project "A.I." is based on "Martian Time-Slip", strange as that may sound.
A proprietor of a book store told a PKD list-subscriber that: 'Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch' was adapted for the stage and played off-(off-off-?)-Broadway and was later released as an experimental black and white film by an independent filmmaker.
From the Internet Movie Database. The URLs are :
9. PKD TERMS/LINGO
> CONAPT-- from "condominium and apartment" / "condo + apartment"
> FLAPPLE--a flying car, possibly derived from "flap"
> POSTCRED-- money, possibly derived from "positive + credit"
> KIPPLE-- clutter, the end result of entropy, origin unknown
> GUBBISH--possibly derived from "garbage + rubbish"
> WOOJI-- high-test airplane fuel used for sniffing, from "woozy" (Note: Fuel-sniffing was a common practice among boredom-numbed Soviet soldiers during the cold war.)
> HOMEOPAPE-- from "homeostatic newspaper" Homeostasis is a concept PKD uses repeatedly in reference to self-regulating, self- maintaining machines. Homeopape machines receive news transmissions and independently synthesize them into an instant newspaper
>PRECOG -- a mutated human possessing precognition, able to glimpse the future in part or in total (total precognition more or less erradicating free will -- see THE WORLD THAT JONES MADE for an example) [In PKD's self-referential RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH he k
>Mutie-- mutant [confirmation?]
During the final year or so of PKDS, Paul Williams announced that one of the final issues would be a dictionary of PKD words. This never came to pass, though. [Updates?]
10. GENERAL PKD REFERENCES:
There are a lot of books about Dick. Only English books listed here:
> Foundation (British SF Review periodical) #17, #26, #34
> Douglas A. Mackey: "Philip K. Dick", G.K. Hall, 1988
> Kim S. Robinson: "The Novels of PKD", UMI, 1984
> "On PKD: 40 Articles from Science-Fiction Studies", SF-TH Inc., 1992
> "Welcome to Reality: The Nightmares of PKD", Anton, 1991
> Olander & Greenberg: "Philip K. Dick", Tapligner, 1983
> Warrick & Greenberg: "Robots, Androids, and Mechanical Oddities", SIUP, 1984
> Warrick, Patricia: "Mind in Motion: The Fiction of PKD", SIUP, 1987
> Sutin, Lawrence: "Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick", Harmony, 1989 (also Citadel Twilight and Paladin reprints)
> Paul Williams: "The Worlds of Philip K. Dick", Arbor, 1986
> Levack, Daniel: "PKD - A Philip K. Dick Bibliography", Underwood-Miller, 1981
> Gregg Rickman: "To the High Castle - PKD: A Life 1928-1962", Fragments West, 1988
> G. Rickman: "The Last Testament", Fragments West, 1985
> G. Rickman: "In his own Words", Fragments West, 1984 (revised 1988)
> Hazel Pierce: "Philip K. Dick", Starmont Reader's Guide 12, 1982
> Norman Spinrad: "Science Fiction in the Real World", SIUP, 1990
> For a perspective on VALIS can I recommend the Dick issue of Science-Fiction Studies c. 1988, particularly the essays "Irrational Expectations ..." [Rabkin] and the one by Scott Bukatman [something like "From the Death of the Subject to a Theology of La
By Philip K. Dick:
> "Cosmogony and Cosmology", Kerosina, 1987 [Limited edition of 825 copies, 500 of them hardcover, boxed with Kerosina's edition of VALIS. This is an extract from the Exegesis.] ISBN 0-948893-18-4
> Dark-Haired Girl. Copyright 1988, published by Mark V. Zeising & Co. (ISBN 0-929480-03-01) (Library of Congress number: 88-051340), [sports a hardcover in dust jacket, 1st & (so far) only edition]. ["Introduction by Paul Williams, who edited this book o
> "Selected Letters", Underwood-Miller, 1991 et sq
> "In Pursuit of Valis - Selections from the Exegesis", ed. by L. Sutin, Underwood-Miller, 1991
> plus various essays published in the PKDS Newsletter.
11. REFERENCES IN POPULAR MUSIC:
Bunnydrums: "PKD", for Philip K. Dick.
Elvis Costello: (In the sleeve notes to "Girls Girls Girls" (a retrospective collection of Elvis Costello + The Attractions songs) Costello says that Tokyo Storm Warning is influenced by "brutal SF stories", and mentions PKD as one of the influences.)
Hamm, Stuart: "Radio Free Albemuth" is based on the novel by PKD. Stuart Hamm is a base player who has worked with Joe Satriani.
Machover, Tod: "VALIS", an electronic space opera version of PKD novel. It was published in 1988 by Bridge Records, Inc. GPO Box 1864 NY,NY 10116 Their catalog # for it is: BCD 9007. It's reportedly more like chamber music than an opera. Kinda fun. Come
Sonic Youth: On the album "Daydream Nation," a lot of sci- fi/cyberpunk themes, and direct references to 'jacking in' as in Gibson's "Neuromancer.".See also the songs "Eric's Trip", "Hyperstation" and "Silver Rocket." Sonic Youth draws heavily on the m
The Sonic Youth album previous to Daydream Nation, called Sister, is more explicitly devoted to PKD. Indeed it is dedicated to "The Owl in Daylight" and the Song Stereosanctity is essentially a summary of Valis. Other songs by thurston deal with PKD
Harper, Roy: "Descendents of Smith" dedicated to PKD
Ministry's song "The Land Of Rape And Honey" says: "Step by step, you climb the mountain / You cry"... which sounds like Mercer (from the Mercerism cult of "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep")
12. FAQS DEALING WITH PKD SUBJECTS
> The WWW PKD FAQ:
The Blade Runner Movie FAQ is available for anonymous FTP at:
Site in Europe: ftp.win.tue.nl also:
> The WWW Blade Runner FAQ by the original faq maintainer :
> Alternate WWW Blade Runner FAQ
> Sci Fi resource page:
> A comprehensive story-by-story breakdown of PKD's work. In progress.
> The PKD_LIST... to subscribe, send a message with "SUBSCRIBE name" in the
message body to:
pkd-list- email@example.com (and then wait a few days)
> The Valis PKD page
> The Ling Philip K. Dick Homepage
> The Ciran Philip K. Dick Homepage
Note: the PKD mailing list opens with J.Margot's extended biography of PKD featured in part 1. of this PKD FAQ.
13. Winners of the PKD Award for Excellence in SF
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[PKD] Philip K. Dick Award (panel - Best Original SF Paperback)
1983 * Software Rudy Rucker
The Prometheus Man Ray Nelson
1984 * The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Tea with the Black Dragon R. A. MacAvoy
1985 * Neuromancer William Gibson
The Wild Shore Kim Stanley Robinson
Voyager in Night C. J. Cherryh
The Alchemists Geary Gravel
Emergence David R. Palmer
Green Eyes Lucius Shepard
Frontera Lewis Shiner
Them Bones Howard Waldrop
1986 * Dinner at Deviant's Palace Tim Powers
Saraband of Lost Time Richard Grant
The Timeservers Russell Griffin
Emprise Michael Kube-McDowell
The Remaking of Sigmund Freud Barry N. Malzberg
Terrarium Scott Russell Sanders
Knight Moves Walter Jon Williams
1987 * Homunculus James P. Blaylock
The Hercules Text Jack McDevitt
Artificial Things Karen Joy Fowler
A Hidden Place Robert Charles Wilson
1988 * Strange Toys Patricia Geary
Memories Mike McQuay
Dover Beach Richard Bowker
Mindplayers Pat Cadigan
Dark Seeker K. W. Jeter
Becoming Alien Rebecca Ore
Life During Wartime Lucius Shepard
1989 * Four Hundred Billion Stars Paul J. McAuley
* Wetware Rudy Rucker
Orphan of Creation Roger MacBride Allen
Neon Lotus Marc Laidlaw
Rendezvous David Alexander Smith
1990 * Subterranean Gallery Richard Paul Russo
On My Way to Paradise Dave Wolverton
Infinity Hold Barry B. Longyear
A Fearful Symmetry James Luceno
Being Alien Rebecca Ore
Heritage of Flight Susan Shwartz
1991 * Points of Departure Pat Murphy
The Schizogenic Man Raymond Harris
The Oxygen Barons Gregory Feeley
Winterlong Elizabeth Hand
Clarke County, Space Allen M. Steele
1992 * King of Morning, Queen of Day Ian McDonald
Bone Dance Emma Bull
Mojo and the Pickle Jar Douglas Bell
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bridge of Years Robert Charles Wilson
1993 * Through the Heart Richard Grant
* Fire in the Mist Holly Lisle
In the Mothers' Land Elisabeth Vonarburg
Take Back Plenty Colin Greenwood
AEstival Tide Elizabeth Hand
Iron Tears R. A. Lafferty
1994 * Growing Up Weightless John M. Ford
* Elvissey Jack Womack
Crash Course Wilhelmina Baird
Bunch! David R. Bunch
Icarus Descending Elizabeth Hand
14. PKD CONTEMPORARIES:
Roger Zelazny -- co-authored Deus Irae, where the mad oracle computer of PKD's short story  makes an appearance.
Harlan Ellison-- friend of PKD.
K.W. Jeter -- friend of PKD, dated the same woman. Locus reported [date] that Jeter sold two books using PKD's character Deckard, from "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." [Has Jeter sold the U.S. rights to these stories?]
Stanislaw Lem wrote at least two essays PKD, which can be found in the essay collection "Macroworlds." Lem states that PKD was an important writer because he 'used the trappings of traditional SF to "subvert the genre" and illuminate universal themes.'
In PKD's book Valis, the characters David and Kevin were partially based on his friends Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter.
Michael Bishop: "Secret Ascension, or Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas" (TOR in '87.) is a Dickian story about Dick himself. Bishop is a writer who graduated from the University of Georgia, and who now resides in Pine Mountain, GA. He used to write for the
Bishop also wrote a short story (I don't remember the title) in which the main character named Philip K. wakes up and realizes he is a large tomato floating in space.
William S. Burroughs: PKD read Burroughs-- the evidence is more in PKD's letters than the novels (but read A Scanner Darkly with parts of Naked Lunch (book or film) in mind. In his "Exegesis" PKD refers both to Nova Express (the Nova Police) and "Junkie
Stanislaw Lem has tremendous regard for Philip K. Dick. He expresses this in his book of sf criticism MICROWORLDS. He also laments PKD's obscurity and relegation to the "kitsch" world of American sf.
15. COMMENTS BY AND ABOUT PKD
I, for one, bet on science as helping us. I have yet to see how it fundamentally endangers us, even with the H-bomb lurking about. Science has given us more lives than it has taken; we must remember that. --Philip K. Dick, "Self Portrait" (1968)
If you have not lived through something, it is not true. --Kabir, fifteenth-century Sufi poet, quoted by Philip K. Dick in "Introduction to _The Golden Man_ " (1980)
Spinoza saw ... that if a falling stone could reason, it would think, "I *want* to fall at the rate of thirt-two feet per second per second." --Philip K. Dick, "The Android and the Human" (1972), reprinted in "The Dark-Haired Girl", (1988)
One long-past innocent day, in my prefolly youth, I came upon a statement in an undistinguished textbook on psychiatry that, as when Kant read Hume, woke me forever from my garden-of-eden slumber. "The psychotic does not merely think he sees four blue bi
experience of psychosis." --Philip K. Dick, quoting an unknown psychiatric text in "Drugs, Hallucinations, and the Quest for Reality" (1964)
[Philip K.] Dick's fiction calls up our basic cultural assumptions, requires us to reexamine them, and points out the destructive destinations to which they are carrying us. The American Dream may have succeeded as a means of survival in the wilderness o
allowed us to subdue that wilderness and build our holy cities of materialism. But now, the images in Dick's fiction declare, we live in a new kind of wilderness, a wasteland wilderness, because those cities and the culture that built them are in decay.
Writer X may sell 500,000 copies. All those 500,000 people may think, nice book. I liked it. I'll read the guy's next one. And 40,000 people may read a Phil Dick book, and be loud and vocal and persuasive about feeling the book had incredible impact o
Item. One of the most effective forms of industrial or military sabotage limits itself to damage that can never be thoroughly proven - or even proven at all - to be anything deliberate. It is like an invisible political movement; perhaps it isn't there
a country, can never marshal itself to defend itself. - Philip K. Dick "A Scanner Darkly"
Fear ... can make you do more wrong than hate or jealousy. If you're afraid you don't commit yourself to life completely; fear makes you always, always hold something back. -Philip K. Dick "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said"
"I regard Philip Dick as a major novelist.... In the next decade or so, Phil's multiplex view of the world- his ability to see and deal with five contradictory realities at once- may become a prerequisite to sane survival." -Paul Williams, in Rolling S
"Paranoia, in some respects, I think, is a modern-day development of an ancient, archaic sense that animals still have-- quarry-type animals-- that they're being watched.... I say paranoia is an atavistic sense. It's a lingering sense, that we had long
"At our last meeting, in France during one of the Metz science fiction festivals, I equally failed to figure out how literally he intended people to regard his claims about communicating with the Apostle Paul, or having killed a cat by willing it to de
"...The universe is perceptive, but it's friendly..." -- PKD interview, 1974
PKD mentioned in a CD ROM Encyclopedia:
"Dick, Philip K.
The work of Philip Kindred Dick, b. Chicago, Dec. 16, 1928, d. Mar. 2, 1982, reflects his interest in the nature of belief and of psychological reality. His characters are not heroic, and a troubling doubt underlies his frequent humor..."
A net comment: "My edition of "Clans of the Alphane Moon is the 1975 Panther edition published in the U.K. The cover illustration is by Peter Jones & depicts a blond topless woman kissing a lizard-like humanoid while in the background a space tank shoots
"When I was in France I had the interesting experience of being famous I am the best-liked sf writer there (I tell you that for what it's worth)... It is fantastic to see all my books in expensive beautiful editions instead of little paperbacks with wha
"I have a letter Phil wrote to me in response to an inquiry I'd sent to his publisher, Bantam, re THE GOLDEN MAN, in which the introduction alleged SOLAR LOTTERY was still in print, which it was *not*, in the US, at that time. Under separate cover, PKD *s
'It is after all an early work of mine; I didn't have the narrative viewpoint under control, as one can discern in the opening chapter. I had not yet learned to switch viewpoints as foci to relate the events taking place. Nonetheless, in certain respects
I think one of the major commonalities between general 'cyberpunk' writing and that of PKD is the feel of like, "levels of control." In much of cyberpunk so far, there have been themes of the little guy versus the Big Gigantic Corp which Controls Everythi
16. INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PKD AND HIS WORK
> Seen in a 1/2-hour educational show: David Cronenberg, film director, and Michael Bishop, author of "Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas". Cronenberg had originally been slated to direct Total Recall and had submitted twelve different script drafts to the prod
Cronenberg described the final film version as being something like Raiders of the Lost Ark Goes to Mars. He had intended for William Hurt to play Arnold's part. Que sera sera.
>John Lennon once considered producing a film version of "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch"
> PKD was fixated on his twin sister Jane. He claimed to have a spiritual bond with her throughout his life, and dealt obsessively with her in his fiction. PKD's mysterious, unreachable, removed female characters typically represent her..
>Man in the High Castle, The PKD's book "The Man in the High Castle" is an alternative history set in the 1960s. PKD used the I-Ching, a chinese oracle, to determine his character's paths.
>The following is a short section of PKD's 11/17/80 dialogue with God, after God quoted a George Herbert poem. When PKD talks about "playing" he is referring to his "Exegesis" attempts at figuring things out:
> "Herbert wrote that in 1633," God said.
> "Rest and the game ends."
> "I will play on," I [Phil] said, "after I rest, I will play
> until finally die of it."
> "And then you will come to me," God said. "Play."
> "This is my punishment," I said, "that I play, That I try
> to discern if it was you in March of 1974." And then
> thought came instantly, My punishment or my reward; which?
> And an infinite series of thesis and antithesis was set
> "Infinity," God said. "Play again."
> "What was my crime?" I said, "That I am compelled to do
> "Or your deed of merit," God said.
> "I don't know," I said.
> God said, "Because you are not god."
> "But you know," I said. "Or maybe you don't know and you're
> trying to find out." And an infinite regress was set off.
> "Infinity," God said. "Play again. I am waiting."
> "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" is also an audio book, read by actor Matthew Modine. 1994 TimeWarner Audio Books.
> Robert Heinlein floated PKD a "loan" to help him through some lean times.
> PKD said in a 1974 letter that the world was becoming more and more like one of his novels. He didn't like this--said he never wanted to be in one of his novels. At any rate, he thought he apparently had been giving future scenarios.
>In a recent issue of Fortean Times is an interview with Robert Anton Wilson in which he speaks for a couple of paragraphs about Philip K Dick.The most interesting bit he said here was that Ray Nelson was going to collaborate with Phil Dick on a novel whe
17. BIBLIOGRAPHY: contributors, sources
## "Philip K. Dick Homeopape" compiled by kbradley, updated July 1993, for structure ## Also, kbradley is the originator of the alt.fan.philip-dick newsgroup ## G. Michaelson for chronological listing of short stories ## J. Margot especially for allowin