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.
Second Variety (1987)
It contains the following stories:
The World She Wanted
The Trouble with Bubbles
A Surface Raid
Some Kinds of Life
A Present for Pat
Planet for Transients
Of Withered Apples
Martians Come in Clouds
James P. Crow
The Impossible Planet
The Hood Maker
The Cosmic Poachers
The Cookie Lady
Breakfast at Twilight
Beyond the Door
The Simulacra (1964)
The world is a shadowy, shifting, disquieting place. Most were content to survive, grab what
little pleasure they could. But others were playing a deadly game for world mastery. There
was an incredible beauty who ruled the White House for nearly a century, the world's last practicing
psychiatrist, a time traveller, the simulacra, and the chuppers.
The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch (1964)
Exiles from Earth huddle miserably in Martian colonies. Their only relief is a drug, Can-D,
in the form of chewing gum which translates them into Barbie-like dolls. But
there is now some competition, Chew-Z, marketed with the slogan: God promises
eternal life. We can deliver it. But what kind of eternity and who or
what is the deliverer?
The Transmigration Of Timothy Archer (1982)
In part 3 of the VALIS trilogy, Timothy Archer is an urbane Episcopal
bishop haunted by the suicide of his
son and his mistress. He is driven by them into a bizarre quest for
the identity of Christ. It is an anguished, moving learned investigation
of the paradoxes of belief.
Lies, Inc. (aka The Unteleported Man) (1964)
Nobody would want to spend 18 years on a spaceship when you can make the journey via
teleportation in an instant. In seconds, the Telpor effect could teleport you from
an overcrowded Earth. 40 million emigrants had found it a solution to Earth's problems
of pollution and overcrowding. But Rachmael ben Applebaum wasn't sure. Because
there was a problem with the gateway to paradise. No one had ever returned.
Readers should note that Dick rewrote part of this novel, replacing the
In Milton Lumky Territory (1986)
Bruce Stevens deals in imported Japanese typewriters. He meets and marries an older woman who was his fifth grade school teacher.
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, he drives to San Francisco to Reno to Pocatello to Seattle and back to Boise in search of a good deal.
In the second half of the book, he meets Milt Lumky, a paper salesman whom he leaves behind in a motel room, sick and unable
to move. Bruce has a deal in the works.