Search Results: "Philip K. Dick"


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PUTTERING ABOUT IN A SMALL LAND by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1985

"Its strongest appeal in 1985 is likely to be its sketchy but memorable re-creation of the real ambiance of the war and postwar years—an era that popular myth has already eroded into a series of 'Happy Days' clich‚s."
The diffidence of the title is appropriate: this is a subtle, minimalist portrait of two American couples circa 1953 by the late Dick—a writer best known for his sardonic, pyrotechnic science fiction. Read full book review >

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UBIK by Philip K. Dick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 1969

"Excedrin headache number 99."
Another of Mr. Dick's staggeringly complex futuramas in which a group of "anti-talents" (they negate telepathic and precognitive abilities) are caught up in an explosion, slowly taken back in time to 1939 and spend an amazing amount of energy trying to figure out if they're alive or dead and/or if there is a clever saboteur in their midst. 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A selection of previously unpublished, or obscurely published, autobiographical sketches, SF musings, philosophical essays, speeches, and journal excerpts.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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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Like last year's Mary and the Giant, yet another haunting mainstream novel unpublished during Dick's lifetime.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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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from the cyberpunk razzmatazz that earned Dick fame (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,1968, etc.), this heretofore unpublished 1953 novel is an apprentice work of social realism.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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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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Released: March 22, 1968

"Even electric sheep could find greener pastures."
Mr. Dick's hero Deckard lives in a dying world where animals are a status symbol; you can dial an emotion to fit a mood and the Voigt-Kampff test for telling an android from its human counterpart appears to have become fallible. 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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A SCANNER DARKLY by Philip K. Dick
Released: Jan. 21, 1976

"Flawed, almost too grim to take, but stunningly realized."
A marrow-freezing morality play set in a 1994 California. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE by Philip K. Dick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 1962

"But it will disappoint greatly."
The teratological curiosity of the American reading public, whetted and abetted by the press, could have made this novel a sure best seller. Read full book review >

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THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER by Philip K. Dick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 28, 1982

"Pike's mysterious career should find this a quietly stimulating, if thoroughly depressing, reconstruction."
Dick's death a little over a week ago may mean that this will be his last published novel; and, ironically, it is the one in which he most completely abandons sciencefiction for mainstream theological writing. Read full book review >