On March 2nd, 1982, the world said goodbye to esteemed sci-fi author, Phillip K.Dick. A prolific writer, he wrote 44 novels, 121 short stories, and 14 short story collectionsin his lifetime. Join me as we learn about this fascinating author, his works and his life.


11 of Dick’s works have been made into film adaptations, but probably the one most know is Blade Runner, an adaptation of the book Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? Producer Herb Jaffe had optioned the story in the early 1970s but Dick was unimpressed with the script Herb’s son Robert produced.

He approved of the final script that was made however. He gave his thoughts in his final interview in 1982 for Twilight Zone Magazine.

He refused a $400,000 offer to write a novelization of the movie. He also talked about that in the same interview.

He felt Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty was the right casting and he was perfect for the role. “the perfect Batty—cold, Aryan, flawless”[4]


Phillip K. Dick went to Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. He was in the graduating class of 1947 with fellow sci-fi author Ursula K. Le Guin but they did not know one another. He briefly attended University of California, Berkeley from September to November of 1949 and received an honorable dismissal in January of 1950 but did not declare a major but took classes in history, psychology, philosophy, and zoology. He dropped out due to issues with anxiety and because he disliked the mandatory ROTC. His personal philosophy stated that existence is based on the internal-based perception of a human, which does not match with external reality. He called himself “an acosmic panentheist,”, believing that the universe was an extension of God.

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He was married give times and had three children. Laura Archer (February 25, 1960), Isolde Freya (now Isa Dick Hackett) (March 15, 1967), and Christopher Kenneth (July 25, 1973).

He sold his first story in 1951, and from then on was writing full time. His debut novel was Solar Lottery, published in 1955 as half of Ace Double #D-103 alongside The Big Jump by Leigh Brackett[5]

He won the Hugo Award in 1963 for the book The Man In The High Castle. [6] Although critically acclaimed, he could only sell stories to low paying publishers such as Ace. In the introduction for the 1980 short story collection The Golden Man he wrote..


In February of 1974, Phillip K Dick had a paranormal occurrence.


I could go on for a while about this man’s fascinating life and his influence on the genre. I recommend you check out the links provided below, including TheWikiThatWasAlsoPlayedByRutgerHauerInTheMovie. There is a lot of interesting stories about this man’s life and his works. I’m going to wrap this up for this week because if i don’t I could be writing this all day, I want to share it all. For now, I’ll bid you farewell and see you next Wednesday for another Midweek Trivia.


Resources:

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1. Sammon, Paul M. (1996), Future Noir: the Making of Blade Runner, London: Orion Media, ISBN 978-0-06-105314-6 page, 23

2. Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, June 1982, pp. 47-52

3. Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, June 1982, pp. 47-52

4. Dick, Philip K. “An Interview With America’s Most Brilliant Science-Fiction Writer” Interview by Joe Vitale. Interview With Philip K Dick. Print Interviews. Web. 22 Oct. 2011.

5. Philip K. Dick at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved April 23, 2013. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.

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6. “1963 Award Winners & Nominees”. Worlds Without End. Retrieved June 26, 2009.

7. Admin, System (2012-03-30). “Philip K Dick and the Vesica Piscis « From Around The Web « Mindscape magazine”. Mindscapemagazine.com. Retrieved2013-11-12.

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8. “Prophets of Science Fiction: Philip K. Dick”. The Science Channel. Aired Wednesday, November 17th, 2011.

9. Platt, Charles (1980). Dream Makers: The Uncommon People Who Write Science Fiction. Berkley Publishing.ISBN 0-425-04668-0.

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