Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928. While attending UC at Berkeley,
he dropped out rather than take ROTC training. There he stayed to write some 36
novels and 5 short story collections. He won the 1962 Hugo for The Man in the High Castle
and the 1974 John W. Campbell Award for Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said.
He died of heart failure caused by a stroke in 1982.
Over the years, Philip K. Dick's novels and collections have slipped in and
out of print. However, in 1991, Vintage, a division of Random House, the
folk who bring us Ballantine and Del Rey titles, began an ambitious project
to reprint many of his novels. While not all of them have reappeared, a fine
selection have. It is their covers (for the most part) which supplement this list
(© date appears in brackets).
Philip K. Dick Reading List
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Back in the late-80's, Underwood/Miller undertook the mammoth
effort to collect and publish all of Dick's short fiction in five volumes.
Later, Citadel Press published some (but not all) of these hard covers in trade paper.
The Days of Perky Pat (1987)
It contains the following stories:
What'll We Do with Ragland Park?
What the Dead Men Say
The Unreconstructed M
Orpheus with Clay Feet
Oh, to Be a Blobel!
The Mold of Yancy
The Minority Report
If There Were No Benny Cemoli
The Days of Perky Pat
The Cosmic Puppets (1957)
Ted Barton decides to visit his hometown, Millgate, for the first time
since he left the town as a nine year-old boy. Changed,
he recognises nothing there, everything is alien. Barton panics and,
on a hunch, he decides to enquire at the newspaper office to search through
old newspapers around the year of his birth. To his dismay, he discovers
an account of his death at the age of nine by scarlet fever moving
him to discover the truth for himself. He finds two children
with strange powers that are at odds with each other. Along the way,
he befriends an old drunk, Christopher, who is the
only person who can remember how the town used to be. Together, they begin the struggle
to bring it back, a struggle which turns out to have cosmic proportions.
The Crack In Space (1966)
Every crisis that had been building through the 20th century came to a
head in the year 2080, an election year. There were tens of millions of people
in deep-freeze waiting for better times. But, the pressure was on to wake them up
or throw them away. Unemployment had reached an all time high, people were demanding jobs.
The jiffi-scuttlers which made space travel possible were breaking
down and someone had to find out why fast. The racial problem had become dangerous,
one of the candidates for President was black. Most important of all, scientists had
broken into another dimension and found another world and a long forgotten ancestral race.
The Divine Invasion (1981)
In part 2 of the VALIS trilogy, suppose God (or as Dick calls him, Yah) were
alive and in exile on a distant planet?
How could the second coming succeed when faced with high technology and the
finely-tuned rationalized evil of a modern police state?
The Game Players Of Titan (1963)
The Chinese used chemical weapons in the last war. The result is a sterile
and small population left on Earth. The planet is now governed by alien slug-like
creatures known as Vugs. To increase fertility, a card game is played by
the property owners of earth to rotate sex partners. Maybe this will produce
a lucky combination. Pete Garden is thinking about his lost property and sets
off a whole series of events to revealing a Vug plot to take over earth. The Vugs themselves,
are responsible for keeping the population's birth rate down. Pete becomes involved with a
precog, Patricia, and her daughter, Mary Anne. Precog's possess precognition, able to read the
future in glimpses, but it limits their free will. Pete et al. plan to defeat the Vug at their own game.
Humpty Dumpty In Oakland (1986)
Jim Fergesson's wife, Lydia, loves him. But she has no use for his friend, Al Miller.
Childless, they are as different as two people can be. She's a Greek immigrant and moves through life as a student.
He's a guy who is pessimistic about the future, wants the American Dream and finds himself stumbling through life.
It isn't a book for the faint of heart.