Four novels of the 1960s

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Library of America, 2007 - Fiction - 830 pages
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The great accomplishment of Philip K. Dick, in the words of editor Jonathan Lethem, was "to turn the materials of American pulp-style science fiction into a vocabulary for a remarkably personal vision of paranoia and dislocation." These four novels written in the 1960s are summits in Dick's career. They exemplify the hallucinatory logic, darkly comic exuberance, and unsettling prescience of Dick's genius. These are universes where alternate realities can be marketed and individual identity eroded in unexpected ways, and where the very question of what is human is redefined as the virtual becomes the real, and the divine may lurk in a mass-marketed drug or in a household product.

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THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE | read 2016-08 The alternative history premise is fully realised and yet somewhat misleading: the central concern isn't to understand or even explore a United States which ... Read full review

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TMIHC - Exhilarating premise, but unfortunately the rest of the novel fails to live up to it. *** TSPE - I thought this started a little slow, but finished strong. By the end I was having trouble ... Read full review

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-->Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: "Blade Runner" (based on "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"), "Total Recall", "Minority Report", and "A Scanner Darkly". The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into 25 languages.

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