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General Information

Name:  Philip K. Dick  

Pen Name: Richard Philips, Jack Dowland, Horselover Fat, PKD

Genre: Science Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: December 16, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Philip K. Dick on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Dick was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Philip K. Dick was a science fiction novelist and short story writer. He wrote 36 science fiction novels, 9 realist novels and 121 short stories. He also wrote radio plays, TV outlines, screenplays, essays and poetry. His book, ''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'' was adapted for the motion picture ''Blade Runner''. In all, nine of his stories were adapted into popular films including ''Total Recall'', ''A Scanner Darkly'' and ''Minority Report''.

Published Works

    Solar Lottery, Vintage Books, 1955The World Jones Made, 1956The Man Who Japed, 1956Eye in the Sky, 1957The Cosmic Puppets, 1957Time Out of Joint, 1959Dr. Futurity, 1960Vulcan's Hammer, 1960The Game-Players of Titan, 1963The Penultimate Truth, 1964Martian Time-Slip, 1964The Simulacra, 1964Clans of the Alphane Moon, 1964The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, 1965Dr. Bloodmoney, 1965Now Wait for Last Year, 1966The Crack in Space, 1966The Unteleported Man, 1966The Zap Gun, 1967Counter-Clock World, 1967The Ganymede Takeover, 1967 - written with Ray NelsonDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, 1968Galactic Pot-Healer, 1969Ubik, 1969A Maze of Death, 1970Our Friends from Frolix 8, 1970We Can Build You, 1972Confessions of a Crap Artist, 1975Deus Irae, 1976 - written with Roger ZelaznyA Scanner Darkly, 1977VALIS, 1981The Divine Invasion, 1981The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, 1982The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, 1984Radio Free Albemuth, 1985Puttering About in a Small Land, 1985In Milton Lumky Territory, 1985Humpty Dumpty in Oakland, 1986Mary and the Giant, 1987The Broken Bubble, 1988Nick and the Glimmung, 1988Gather Yourselves Together, 1994Lies, Inc., 1964

Selected Titles At Your Library

Solar lottery /
ISBN: 0575074558. OCLC Number:

Gollancz,. London :. 2003.

The world Jones made /
ISBN: 0679742190. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1993.

Floyd Jones rises from carnival fortune teller to postnuclear messiah when he finds he has the ability to make people dream again in a world where dreaming is illegal.

The man who japed /
ISBN: 0375719350. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2002.

Following a devastating nuclear war, the Moral Reclamation government took over the world and forced its citizens to live by strictly puritanical rules, no premarital sex, drunkenness, or displaying of neon signs, all of which are reinforced through a constant barrage of public messages. The chief purveyor of these messages is Alan Purcell, next in line to become head of the propaganda bureau. But there is just one problem: a statue of the government's founder has been vandalized and the head is hidden in Purcell's closet. In this buttoned-up society, maybe all a revolution needs is one really great prank.

Eye in the sky /
ISBN: 1400030102. OCLC Number:

Vintage,. New York :. 2003.

Caught in a laboratory accident at the Belmont Bevatron, Jack Hamiliton and his seven companions awaken to find themselves trapped in a bizarre fantasy world dominated by instant plagues, immediate damnation, and death to all perceived infidels, and must make their way through the perils of this world and three other fantastical universes to make their way home. While sightseeing at the Belmont Bevatron, Jack Hamilton, along with seven others, is caught in a lab accident. When he regains consciousness, he is in a fantasy world of Old Testament morality gone awry, a place of instant plagues, immediate damnations, and death to all perceived infidels. Hamilton figures out how he and his compatriots can escape this world and return to their own, but first they must pass through three other vividly fantastical worlds, each more perilous and hilarious than the one before. Winner of both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

The cosmic puppets /
ISBN: 1400030056. OCLC Number:

Mariner Books,. New York :. 2003.

Time out of joint /
ISBN: 037571927X. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2002.

Ragle Gumm thinks that it is 1959, that he lives in a small town, and that he is a whiz at newspaper puzzle contests. A series of hallucinations make him begin to doubt all of these things.

Dr. Futurity /
ISBN: 1400030099. OCLC Number:

Vintage,. New York :. 2005.

"Jim Parsons is a talented doctor, skilled at the most advanced medical techniques and dedicated to saving lives. But after a bizarre road accident leaves him hundreds of years in the future, Parsons is horrified to discover an incredibly advanced civilization that zealously embraces death."--Back cover.

Vulcan's hammer /
ISBN: 1400030129. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2004.

Confronted by a dangerous movement of religious fanatics and challenges to its authorities, the Vulcan 3, an objective, unbiased, and hyperrational computer that dictates policy for all citizens--an omnipotent technological wonder that evolved out of chaos and war--could prove to be human civilization's worst nightmare.

The game-players of Titan /
ISBN: 0679740651. OCLC Number:

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Having just lost Berkeley and his wife in a game of Bluff, a bizarre game that has become a blinding obsession for the last inhabitants of Earth, Pete Garden prepares to play his next opponent, who isn't even human, for stakes that are much higher.

The penultimate truth /
ISBN: 1400030110. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2004.

"What if you discovered that everything you knew about the world was a lie? That's the question at the heart of Philip K. Dick's futuristic novel about political oppression, the show business of politics, and the sinister potential of the military-industrial complex. This wry, paranoid thriller imagines a future in which the earth has been ravaged, and cities are burnt-out wastelands too dangerous for human life. Americans have been shipped underground, where they toil in crowded industrial anthills and receive a steady diet of inspiring speeches from a president who never seems to age. Nick St. James, like the rest of the masses, believes in the words of his leaders.

Martian time-slip /
ISBN: 0679761675. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1995.

On the arid colony of Mars the only thing more precious than water may be a ten-year-old schizophrenic boy named Manfred Steiner. For although the UN has slated "anomalous" children for deportation and destruction, other people--especially Supreme Goodmember Arnie Kott of the Water Worker's union--suspect that Manfred's disorder may be a window into the future.

The simulacra /
ISBN: 0375719261. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2002.

Set in the middle of the twenty-first century, "Simulacra" is the story of an America where the whole government is a fraud and the President is an android. Against this backdrop Dr. Superb, the sole remaining psychotherapist, is struggling to practice in a world full of the maladjusted. Ian Duncan is desperately in love with the first lady, Nicole Thibideaux, who he has never met. Richard Kongrossian refuses to see anyone because he is convinced his body odor is lethal. And the fascistic Bertold Goltz is trying to overthrow the government. With wonderful aplomb, Philip K. Dick brings this story to a crashing conclusion and in classic fashion shows there is always another layer of conspiracy beneath the one we see.

Clans of the Alphane moon /
ISBN: 0375719288. OCLC Number:

Vintage,. New York :. 2002.

When the Alphane moon becomes an insane asylum, its inmates, left alone, form clans based on their respective psychoses, but when Earth psychologist Mary Rittersdorf attempts to rehospitalize these lunatics, they retaliate against her invasion of their privacy.

The three stigmata of Palmer Eldritch /
ISBN: 0679736662. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1991.

In the overcrowded world and cramped space colonies of the late 21st century, tedium can be endured through the use of the drug Can-D, which enables the user to inhabit a shared illusory world. When industrialist Palmer Eldritch returns from an interstellar trip, he brings with him a new drug, Chew-Z, which is far more potent than Can-D, but threatens to plunge the world into a permanent state of drugged illusion controlled by the mysterious Eldritch. THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH is, by universal consent, one of his three key novels, and the book in which he first took his perennial interest in the fragile nature of reality to a new level of imaginative intensity.

Dr. Bloodmoney /
ISBN: 0375719296. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2002, ©1965.

Dr. Bloodmoney is a post-nuclear holocaust novel filled with a host of memorable characters: Hoppy Harrington, a deformed mutant with telekinetic powers; Walt Dangerfield, a selfless disc jockey stranded in a satellite circling the globe; Dr. Bluthgeld, the megalomaniac physicist largely responsible for the decimated state of the world; and Stuart McConchie and Bonny Keller, two unremarkable people bent on the survival of goodness in a world devastated by evil.

Now wait for last year /
ISBN: 0679742204. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1993.

A world leader uses his strange ability to die repeatedly and be brought back to life to ward off a global catastrophe.

The crack in space /
ISBN: 1400030064. OCLC Number:

Vintage,. New York :. 2005.

A repairman discovers that a hole in a faulty Jifi-scuttler leads to a parallel world. Jim Briskin, campaigning to be the first black president of the United States, thinks alter-Earth is the solution to the chronic overpopulation that has seventy million people cryogenically frozen; Tito Cravelli, a shadowy private detective, wants to know why Dr Lurton Sands is hiding his mistress on the planet; billionaire mutant George Walt wants to make the empty world all his own. But when the other earth turns out to be inhabited, everything changes.

The unteleported man /
ISBN: 042506252X. OCLC Number:

Berkley,. New York :. ©1983.

The zap gun /
ISBN: 0375719369. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2002.

Counter-clock world /
ISBN: 0375719334. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2002.

After entering the Hobart Phase in whcih time moves in reverse, the world is turned upside down as the dead are coming back to life, including Anarch Peak, a charismatic religious leader with a fanatical following, whose resurrection could have awesome ramifications for the entire world.

Do androids dream of electric sheep? /
ISBN: 0194792226. OCLC Number:

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Galactic pot-healer /
ISBN: 0679752978. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1994.

The Glimmung wants Joe Fernwright. Fernwright is a pot-healer - a repairer of ceramics - in a drably utilitarian future where such skills have little value. The Glimmung is a being that looks something like a gyroscope, something like a teenaged girl, and something like the contents of an ocean. What's more, it may be divine. And, like certain gods of old Earth, it has a bad temper. What could an omnipresent and seemingly omnipotent entity want with a humble pot-healer? Or with the dozens of other odd creatures it has lured to Plowman's Planet? And if the Glimmung is a god, are its ends positive or malign? Combining quixotic adventure, spine-chilling horror, and deliriously paranoid theology, Galactic Pot-Healer is a uniquely Dickian voyage to alternate worlds of the imagination.

Ubik /
ISBN: 8498003180. OCLC Number:

La Factoría de Ideas,. Madrid :. ©2007.

A maze of death /
ISBN: 0679752986. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1994.

The theology in this novel is not an analog of any known religion. It stems from an attempt made by William Sarill and myself to develop an abstract, logical system of religious thought, based on the arbitrary postulate that God exists. Fourteen strangers came to Delmak-O. Thirteen of them were transferred by the usual authorities. One got there by praying. But once they arrived on that planet whose very atmosphere seemed to induce paranoia and psychosis, the newcomers found that even prayer was useless. For on Delmak-O, God is either absent or intent on destroying His creations.

Our friends from Frolix 8 /
ISBN: 0375719342. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2003.

We can build you /
ISBN: 067975296X. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1994.

Louis Rosen and his partners sell people--ingeniously designed, historically authentic simulacra of personages such as Edwin M. Stanton and Abraham Lincoln. The problem is that the only prospective buyer is a rapacious billionaire whose plans for the simulacra could land Louis in jail. Then there's the added complication that someone--or something--like Abraham Lincoln may not want to be sold. Is an electronic Lincoln any less alive than his creators? Is a machine that cares and suffers inferior to the woman Louis loves--a borderline psychopath who does neither? With irresistible momentum, intelligence, and wit, Philip K. Dick creates an arresting techno-thriller that suggests a marriage of Bladerunner and Barbarians at the Gate.

Confessions of a crap artist--Jack Isidore (of Seville, Calif.) :
ISBN: 0679741143. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1992.

Jack Isidore is a crap artist -- a collector of crackpot ideas (among other things, he believes that the earth is hollow and that sunlight has weight) and worthless objects, a man so grossly unequipped for real life that his sister and brother-in-law feel compelled to rescue him from it. But seen through Jack's murderously innocent gaze, Charlie and Juddy Hume prove to be just as sealed off from reality, in thrall to obsessions that are slightly more acceptable than Jack's, but a great deal uglier.

Deus Irae /
ISBN: 1400030072. OCLC Number:

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In the years following World War III, a new and powerful faith has arisen from a scorched and poisoned Earth, a faith that embraces the architect of world wide devastation. The Servants of Wrath have deified Carlton Lufteufel and re-christened him the Deus Irae. In the small community of Charlottesville, Utah, Tibor McMasters, born without arms or legs, has, through an array of prostheses, established a far-reaching reputation as an inspired painter. When the new church commissions a grand mural depicting the Deus Irae, it falls upon Tibor to make a treacherous journey to find the man, to find the god, and capture his terrible visage for posterity.

A scanner darkly /
ISBN: 0375424024. OCLC Number:

Pantheon Books,. New York :. ©2006.

Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D--which Arctor takes in massive doses--gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself. Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip K. Dick's industrial-grade stress test of identity is as unnerving as it is enthralling.

ISBN: 0679734465. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1991.

Horselover Fat begins receiving what he considers to be divine revelations that imply extraterrestrial forces are interfering in the affairs of the Earth.

The divine invasion /
ISBN: 0679734457. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1991.

What if God--or a being called Yah--were alive and in exile on a distant planet? How could a second coming succeed against the high technology and finely tuned rationalized evil of the modern police state? --P. [4] of cover.

The transmigration of Timothy Archer /
ISBN: 0679734449. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1991.

Bishop Timothy Archer, formerly a lawyer, searches for God by means of mysticism, seances, and a quest for the source of records--written earlier than the Bible--of Christ's life on earth.

The man whose teeth were all exactly alike /
ISBN: 0765323060. OCLC Number:

Tor,. New York :. 2009.

A civic-minded, liberal Jewish real-estate agent envisions high profits in the wake of a discovery of Neanderthal bones in his California selling area.

Radio Free Albemuth /
ISBN: 0679781374. OCLC Number:

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It is 1969, and a paranoid president has convulsed America in a vicious war against imaginary internal enemies. As the country slides into fascism, a struggling science-fiction writer named Philip K. Dick is trying to keep from becoming one of that war's casualties. Meanwhile, Dick's best friend, a record executive named Nicholas Brady, is receiving transmissions from a God-like extraterrestrial intelligence, which he dubs Valis, who apparently wants him to overthrow the president.

Puttering about in a small land /
ISBN: 0897333845. OCLC Number:

Academy Chicago Publishers,. Chicago, Ill. :. 1985.

When Roger and Virginia Lindahl enroll their son Gregg in school their marriage is already in deep trouble. Chic and Liz Bonner also enroll their two sons in the school. The meeting of the two families creates a series of emotions and traumas, set against the backdrop of suburban Los Angeles in the early 1950s.

In Milton Lumky territory /
ISBN: 0765316951. OCLC Number:

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Milton Lumky territory is both an area of the western USA and a psychic terrain: the world and world-view of the traveling salesman. The story takes place in Boise, Idaho, with some extraordinary long-distance driving sequences in which our hero (young Bruce Stevens) drives from Boise to San Francisco, to Reno, to Pocatello, to Seattle, and back to Boise in search of a good deal on some wholesale typewriters. He falls under the spell of an attractive older woman (who used to be his school teacher).

Humpty Dumpty in Oakland /
ISBN: 0765316919. OCLC Number:

Tor,. New York :. 2007.

In 1950s San Francisco, elderly garage owner Jim Ferguson prepares to retire and sell his business, but when he is offered the deal of a lifetime by record-company owner Chris Harman, Al Miller, one of Jim's mechanics who thinks that Harman is a crook, sets out to protect his mentor.

Mary and the giant /
ISBN: 0575074663. OCLC Number:

Gollancz,. London :. 2005.

The broken bubble.
ISBN: 0586090665. OCLC Number:

Paladin,. . 1991.

Nick & the glimmung.
ISBN: 0330314742. OCLC Number:

Piper Books,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1990.

Gather yourselves together /
ISBN: 1878914057. OCLC Number:

WCS Books ;. Herndon, Va. :. ©1994.

Lies, Inc. /
ISBN: 1400030080. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2004.

In the final, expanded version of the novella The Unteleported Man, Rachmael ben Applebaum becomes suspicious of the plan to reduce Earth's overpopulation by teleporting people to a colony on a distant planet and embarks on an eighteen-year voyage to that planet to see if anyone wants to return.


  • Hugo Award for
  • The Man in the High Castle

  • John W. Campbell Memorial Award for
  • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

    , 1974

  • Grand Prix du Festival at Metz, France for
  • A Scanner Darkly

    , 1979

  • Playboy Magazine's award for best short story for
  • Frozen Journey

    , 1980

  • Inducted as a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Time Magazine's 100 best English-language novels from 1923 - 2006 for
  • UBIK

  • Inducted into Library of America, 2007