The fish pendant
, on Philip K. Dick’s account, began to emit a golden ray of light, and Dick suddenly experienced what he called anamnesis: the direct perception by the mind of a metaphysical reality.
The newly released trailer for Total Recall (2012)
shows a Quaid quite conspicously not getting his ass to Mars. It could all have been different, as many versions of Total Recall 2
have been in the works over the years. Meanwhile is the Robocop remake anything but total recall?
And has the American action movie gone kablooey?
Stanislaw Lem on Philip K. Dick: A Visionary Among the Charlatans.
(Science Fiction Studies # 5 = Volume 2, Part 1 = March 1975; Translated from the Polish by Robert Abernathy)
For sale: Philip K Dick's Bible
, with handwritten annotations.
This is all rooted in a vision I had, of William S. Burroughs as a CIA agent, and Philip K. Dick as his young henchman, going head-to-head with notorious gangster and pervert Adolf Hitler somewhere in Hamburg to find out where Hitler is shipping all the computers he can get his hands on.
- In another world Charles Stross wrote this sprawling work
of Alternate History
instead of the Merchant Princes
books. Fictional books are of course themselves a common them in Alternative History stories, from The Grasshopper Lies Heavy in The Man in the High Castle
to Adolf Hitlers pulp novel Lord of the Swastika
in The Iron Dream
. Stanisław Lem was particularly enamoured with the idea of the fictional book, and wrote two volumes of reviews and introductions for them, lovingly described here
by Bruce Sterling.
Back to the Hugos
is a series by Sam Jordison of the Guardian Books blog where he reads and reviews old Hugo Award winners. He was once skeptical of the literary quality of science fiction
but then started to examine the validity of the critical orthodoxy
and is now a firm convert, as this review of The Man in the High Casle
demonstrates, and now even goes to science fiction events
. Among the other books he's covered so far are A Case of Conscience
by James Blish, Stand on Zanzibar
by John Brunner and the latest review is of The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. LeGuin. It's not all sunshine and roses though, The Big Time
and The Wanderer
by Fritz Leiber don't appeal to him and the dreadfulness of They'd Rather Be Right
by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley makes Jordison doubt the value of democracy, at least when it comes to selecting litearary award winners.
A Day In The Afterlife of Philip K Dick
- An Arena
documentary first broadcast by the BBC in 1994 (1
How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later
is a speech by Philip K. Dick
which he never delivered. In it he details his theory of time and reality. A complimentary speech, which he did deliver, is If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others
. According to one account "people left the auditorium, it was later reported, looking as though they'd been hit with a hammer." Other essays by him in that vein are Man, Android and Machine
and Cosmogony and Cosmology
Here are some excerpts
from his exegesis
. Also, a collection of interviews
Okay, now he's not a replicant.
Contrary to what Ridley Scott
said, Harrison Ford claims Deckard was not a replicant. Where's Phillip K. Dick when you need him? Oh, right...