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Philip K. Dick: Revised and Updated (Pocket Essentials) [Paperback]

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With a reputation that is still rising as the world catches up with the prodigious outpouring of his imagination, and Hollywood repeatedly raiding his stories---Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly---Philip K. Dick remains an intriguing literary and cultural figure. At a time when most science fiction was about cowboys in outer space, Dick explored the landscapes of the mind, conjured fake realities, and was able to make readers believe six impossible things before breakfast. Perhaps best-known for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, he embodied the counterculture a decade before the 1960s. This fully revised and updated look at Dick's world is a glimpse into a reality where psychiatrists come in suitcases, God speaks through cat food commercials and comes in a handy aerosol can, and where you might be a figment of someone else's imagination. This pocket-sized volume reviews and analyzes each of Dick's novels and provides a listing of other books and articles which have grappled with this genius.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 2007
Publisher   Pocket Essentials
ISBN  1904048927  
ISBN13  9781904048923  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Andrew M. Butler is a senior lecturer in media and cultural studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is a co-editor of the journal "Extrapolation".

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A great companion for PKD  Feb 24, 2008
This is a great companion for PKD fans. It is fun to read especially if you have already read his books beforehand. The best way possible to enjoy good memories and how they tie in with other PKD novels, especially the ones you haven't read. Will make you want to pick up a PKD book and read it. I didn't agree with all the reviews, but how often does anyone agree on anything?
Quick  Sep 5, 2002
My review is brief to match this book. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. I have read all of PKD's novel and short stories and another person's views are always of interest to me. But I suspect that a reader who does not know PKD's work well may find this book more confusing than stimulating. I would also have liked more of the short stories to have been discussed - some of the great stories not yet made into movies, plays or operas.

And finally, in a critical analysis like this I would have liked some explanation of how Mr Butler determined his ratings, and I would also have liked some considered opinion as to why PKD has such a great following that far exceeds, apparently in number and reputation, such other SF stalwarts as Simak, van Vogt, Asimov and Heinlein. And does PKD have a reputation outside SF that these other authors do not?

Useful, quick, clear  Sep 28, 2001
I am what could be defined as a PKD scholar, and I think this small book is very useful as a reference. While writing my articles and essays I often use it. And I recommend it to those who have just read 1-2 novels by Phil Dick and wish to know more, and would like some advice about what should be read next by the same author. Andy's reviews are fair and the plot summaries won't spoil your reading. And there is a wealth of useful info to boot. Very high price/quality ration, in my humble opinion. Recommended.
A Quick Look Into Eldritch  Feb 8, 2001
An excellent introduction to the complex world of Philip K. Dick, filled with insight and synopsis galore, it gives a quick and in-depth look into each of the works of this Chicago born genius. Mr.Butler has given us the perfect introductory book to Philip K. Dick, with a quick to the point review of a truely facinating career. It points the way to further reading. The book is clear evidence that Philip K. is one of the most important authors in American SF. This book is a must have for any reader of Dick, novice or expert.

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