Search Results: "Philip K. Dick"


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THE DIVINE MADNESS OF PHILIP K. DICK by Kyle Arnold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"An inquiry into the SF master's mind that will interest only the most devoted of Dick's fans."
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) sits on the couch for some deep analysis. Read full book review >

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THE EXEGESIS OF PHILIP K. DICK by Philip K. Dick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Fascinating and unsettling. Still, at more than 900 pages, this will test the mettle—and the stamina—of even the most devoted of Dick fans."
A dyspeptic dystopian's mad secret notebooks, imposing order—at least of a kind—on a chaotic world. Read full book review >

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SELECTED STORIES OF PHILIP K. DICK by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"These are not, for the most part, outstanding stories, but the worlds of this fevered imagination have become our luridly inescapable reality."
Twenty-one stories culled from Dick's (1928-82) considerable output; all have appeared in collections before, if only in the five-volume Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick (1986). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"It's a satisfying picture, but Dick deserves more authoritative, less worshipful editing than he receives from Sutin."
A selection of previously unpublished, or obscurely published, autobiographical sketches, SF musings, philosophical essays, speeches, and journal excerpts. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 15, 1986

"In any event, this would be a useful acquisition for any serious sf library or collection."
This five-volume set is a truly colossal compendium of 97 stories, long and short, running to nearly 900,000 words. Read full book review >

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VOICES FROM THE STREET by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"An overwritten and too-long period piece that serves as a reminder of just how strange the '50s could be."
Far from the cyberpunk razzmatazz that earned Dick fame (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,1968, etc.), this heretofore unpublished 1953 novel is an apprentice work of social realism. Read full book review >

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MARY AND THE GIANT by Philip K. Dick
Released: April 28, 1987

"It's a pity it took 30 years for his novel to see the light of day."
Another—and perhaps the best—of the late Dick's heretofore unpublished mainstream novels: the simple, searing tale of a small-town girl trying to battle her way out of a straitjacketed existence. Read full book review >

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FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID by Philip K. Dick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1973

"As confusing as it sounds, but nonetheless intriguing."
The pace is furious, the plotting tortuous in this tale of a famous TV. performer who wakes up one day in a dingy hotel room to find that no one remembers him. Read full book review >

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THE ZAP GUN by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1985

"The ironic tone helps a little—but all in all this is a thin, sluggish, and chat-heavy nonentity: for fans only."
A hardworking but meandering and mercilessly padded yam, with previous appearances as a serial (1965-66) and a mass-market paperback (1967). Read full book review >

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RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH by Philip K. Dick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 1985

"Well-constructed, absorbing at first, later somberly single-minded: a bleak and utterly depressing statement."
This unpublished (c. 1976) semi-autobiographical novel, like The Divine Invasion (1981) and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982), presents Dick (1928-82) in his latter-day role as a religious explicator; and formulates, in science-fictional guise, his notions on the identity and purpose of God—all set against the familiar Dick backdrop of creeping fascism, thought control and governmental paranoia. Read full book review >

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THE BROKEN BUBBLE by Philip K. Dick
Released: July 20, 1988

"Basically a love story, then—quirky, alternately hopeful and bleak, sad and funny, quintessentially Philip K. Dick—with a less successful stab at social issues like juvenile deliquency, teen-age pregnancy, and the like."
Like last year's Mary and the Giant, yet another haunting mainstream novel unpublished during Dick's lifetime. Read full book review >

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THE DIVINE INVASION by Philip K. Dick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 5, 1981

"With profuse, muddled plotting in the Dick manner—though without any of the usual Dick playfulness—this is destined, perhaps, to be pored over in seminaries; but it's far, far too heavy to attract many mainstream sf readers."
Has old pro Dick seen The Light? Read full book review >