History Creator / PhilipKDick

3rd Jul '16 12:08:24 AM mariic
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* GenreShift: Dick used to pull this in a low-key way, because he liked telling stories from the PointOfView of more than one character, and he adapted from Creator/JamesJoyce the technique of shifting the style to reflect the way the character would write, if the character could write. A hilarious example is Surley G. Febbs from ''The Zap Gun'', whose chapters are written as if Febbs's character were the [[AndHerCodeNameWasMarySue Marty Stu in a story written by himself]]: when Febbs is sent a mysterious parcel, he examines it and the narrative comments "It intrigued his uniquely subtle, agile mind."

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* GenreShift: Dick used to pull this in a low-key way, because he liked telling stories from the PointOfView of more than one character, and he adapted from Creator/JamesJoyce the technique of shifting the style to reflect the way the character would write, if the character could write. A hilarious example is Surley G. Febbs from ''The Zap Gun'', whose chapters are written as if Febbs's character were the [[AndHerCodeNameWasMarySue [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue Marty Stu in a story written by himself]]: when Febbs is sent a mysterious parcel, he examines it and the narrative comments "It intrigued his uniquely subtle, agile mind."
1st Jul '16 11:47:17 PM CaptEquinox
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** With the notable exception of the suburban nightmare ''The Pre-Persons''. Published a year after Roe v. Wade, it extrapolates from there to a society in which abortion is no longer limited to the unborn, but to children up to the age of twelve. It got him rightly flamed for its horrific misogyny, and still scores him kudos from anti-abortion advocates. [[http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/08/the_agony_of_the_prepersons_philip_k_dicks_attack_on_abortion.html You can read it and his explanation here]].

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** With the notable exception of the suburban nightmare ''The Pre-Persons''. Published a year after Roe v. Wade, it extrapolates from there to a society in which abortion is no longer limited to the unborn, but to children up to the age of twelve. It got him rightly flamed for its horrific misogyny, and still scores him kudos from anti-abortion advocates. [[http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/08/the_agony_of_the_prepersons_philip_k_dicks_attack_on_abortion.html [[http://prolife.org.nz/the-pre-persons-phillip-k-dick/ You can read it and his explanation here]]. here]].
1st Jul '16 11:34:25 PM CaptEquinox
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** With the notable exception of the suburban nightmare ''The Pre-Persons''. Published a year after Roe v. Wade, it extrapolates from there to a society in which abortion is no longer limited to the unborn, but to children up to the age of twelve. It got him rightly flamed for its horrific misogyny, and still scores him kudos from anti-abortion advocates. [[http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/08/the_agony_of_the_prepersons_philip_k_dicks_attack_on_abortion.html You can read it and his explanation here]].
1st Jul '16 12:19:52 PM Anddrix
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* BrokenAesop / FamilyUnfriendlyAesop : ''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'' is something of a BaseBreaker, with two very different interpretations and resulting reactions.

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* BrokenAesop / FamilyUnfriendlyAesop : ''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'' is something of a BaseBreaker, somewhat divisive, with two very different interpretations and resulting reactions.
15th May '16 7:14:17 PM PaulA
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* FlockOfWolves:
** In ''The Eyes Have It'' an InspectorJavert character who hunts aliens (indistinguishable from humans except for glow-in-the-dark eyes) and dissects them informs his superiors that there is an [[TheMole alien spy]] among them. It turns out they are all aliens except him.
** ''The Game-Players of Titan'', which involves aliens from Titan that can make themselves appear human, has a scene in which the protagonist discovers that he is the only member of the anti-alien resistance cell he's joined who isn't an alien sleeper agent.
19th Apr '16 7:09:07 AM jake38
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Many of his stories have been adapted into movies. Some turned out good (''Film/AScannerDarkly'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', ''Film/MinorityReport'', ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau''', as well as the TV series ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'') and some received a more mixed reception (''Film/{{Next}}'', ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'', ''Film/{{Impostor}}''). His largest work is to date unpublished [[http://www.amazon.com/The-Exegesis-Philip-K-Dick/dp/0547549253 save a few excerpts]] - over 7000 pages of notes speculating on Greek philosophy, early Christianity, theology, mental illness, and the implicate structure of the universe itself. This work, titled the "Exegesis," spans thousands of years of metaphysics and occult literature. Written during the final few years of his life, it is either his greatest triumph of skeptical empiricism or a deep descent into incomprehensible insanity.

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Many of his stories have been adapted into movies. Some turned out good (''Film/AScannerDarkly'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', ''Film/MinorityReport'', ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau''', as well as the TV series ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'') ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau''') and some received a more mixed reception (''Film/{{Next}}'', ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'', ''Film/{{Impostor}}'').''Film/{{Impostor}}'', as well as the TV series ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle''). His largest work is to date unpublished [[http://www.amazon.com/The-Exegesis-Philip-K-Dick/dp/0547549253 save a few excerpts]] - over 7000 pages of notes speculating on Greek philosophy, early Christianity, theology, mental illness, and the implicate structure of the universe itself. This work, titled the "Exegesis," spans thousands of years of metaphysics and occult literature. Written during the final few years of his life, it is either his greatest triumph of skeptical empiricism or a deep descent into incomprehensible insanity.
1st Mar '16 4:01:08 AM Veanne
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For the newly prospective or particularly insane reader, as a lot of [=PKD's=] works were guided by the RealitySubtext of his life, reading his works in the order they were published (or written) from oldest to most recent gives probably the best overall understanding of the development of his mind and ideas over time [[note]] with the added advantage that it prepares the reader for the continuously escalating levels of MindScrew and paranoia that occur in his later books[[/note]]. However, be warned that trying to read them all in progressive succession ''may'' [[GoMadFromTheRevelation break your mind]]. Literally.[[note]]No, seriously. Have some stuff by Descartes or Kant lying around to help prove to yourself that you exist if you try this.[[/note]]

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For the newly prospective or particularly insane reader, as a lot of [=PKD's=] works were guided by the RealitySubtext of his life, reading his works in the order they were published (or written) from oldest to most recent gives probably the best overall understanding of the development of his mind and ideas over time [[note]] with the added advantage that it prepares the reader for the continuously escalating levels of MindScrew and paranoia that occur in his later books[[/note]]. However, be warned that trying to read them all in progressive succession ''may'' [[GoMadFromTheRevelation break your mind]]. Literally.[[note]]No, seriously. Have some stuff by Descartes or Kant lying around to help prove to yourself that you exist if you try this.[[/note]]
[[/note]] [[labelnote:A note from disgruntled philosopher]]Yeah, the "I think, therefore I am" Descartes whose proof of existence of {{God}} (and world) basically amounts to "well, He wouldn't lie, right?", and ClockKing extraordinaire who reasoned that there are limits to reason. Sure. That will help lots. Not that Dick himself doesn't quote Kant. Grumble...[[/labelnote]]



* ChekhovsGun: ''Paycheck'' is a deconstruction of the concept.

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* ChekhovsGun: ''Paycheck'' is a deconstruction {{deconstruction}} of the concept.



* GenreShift: Dick used to pull this in a low-key way, because he liked telling stories from the PointOfView of more than one character, and he adapted from Creator/JamesJoyce the technique of shifting the style to reflect the way the character would write, if the character could write. A hilarious example is Surley G. Febbs from ''The Zap Gun'', whose chapters are written as if Febbs's character were the [[MarySue Marty Stu]] in a story written by himself: when Febbs is sent a mysterious parcel, he examines it and the narrative comments "It intrigued his uniquely subtle, agile mind."

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* GenreShift: Dick used to pull this in a low-key way, because he liked telling stories from the PointOfView of more than one character, and he adapted from Creator/JamesJoyce the technique of shifting the style to reflect the way the character would write, if the character could write. A hilarious example is Surley G. Febbs from ''The Zap Gun'', whose chapters are written as if Febbs's character were the [[MarySue [[AndHerCodeNameWasMarySue Marty Stu]] Stu in a story written by himself: himself]]: when Febbs is sent a mysterious parcel, he examines it and the narrative comments "It intrigued his uniquely subtle, agile mind."



** Mostly it comes in the form of either "[[OhCrap the Demiurge suddenly got interested in your life]]", or "the complete/higher God was looking the other way when the Demiurge decided to KickTheDog" (with the Dog in this case being one of [=PKD's=] protagonists).

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** Mostly it comes in the form of either "[[OhCrap the Demiurge suddenly got interested in your life]]", or "the complete/higher God was looking the other way when the Demiurge decided to KickTheDog" (with the (the Dog in this case being one of [=PKD's=] protagonists).
25th Jan '16 12:46:39 AM PaulA
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-->-- ''erature/{{VALIS}}'' by Philip K Dick [[note]]Sums up his entire body of work in a single sentence.[[/note]]

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-->-- ''erature/{{VALIS}}'' ''Literature/{{VALIS}}'' by Philip K Dick [[note]]Sums up his entire body of work in a single sentence.[[/note]]



-->'''Dick''': ''Here I am also saying that mutants are dangerous to us ordinaries, a view which John W. Campbell, Jr. deplored. We were supposed to view them as our leaders. But I always felt uneasy as to how they would view us. I mean, maybe they wouldn't want to lead us. Maybe from their superevolved lofty level we wouldn't seem worth leading. Anyhow, even if they agreed to lead us, I felt uneasy as to where we would wind up going. It might have something to do with buildings marked SHOWERS but which really weren't.''

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-->'''Dick''': ''Here Here I am also saying that mutants are dangerous to us ordinaries, a view which John W. Campbell, Jr. deplored. We were supposed to view them as our leaders. But I always felt uneasy as to how they would view us. I mean, maybe they wouldn't want to lead us. Maybe from their superevolved lofty level we wouldn't seem worth leading. Anyhow, even if they agreed to lead us, I felt uneasy as to where we would wind up going. It might have something to do with buildings marked SHOWERS but which really weren't.''
15th Jan '16 2:38:18 PM erforce
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--> --Literature/{{VALIS}} by Philip K Dick [[note]]Sums up his entire body of work in a single sentence.[[/note]]

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--> --Literature/{{VALIS}} -->-- ''erature/{{VALIS}}'' by Philip K Dick [[note]]Sums up his entire body of work in a single sentence.[[/note]]



** ''Film/TotalRecall'' is based on ''We Can Remember It for You Wholesale''. The short story's plot is basically the first 20 minutes of the movie.

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** ''Film/TotalRecall'' ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' is based on ''We Can Remember It for You Wholesale''. The short story's plot is basically the first 20 minutes of the movie.
6th Jan '16 1:50:49 PM FF32
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* GenreShift: Dick used to pull this in a low-key way, because he liked telling stories from the PointOfView of more than one character, and he adapted from JamesJoyce the technique of shifting the style to reflect the way the character would write, if the character could write. A hilarious example is Surley G. Febbs from ''The Zap Gun'', whose chapters are written as if Febbs's character were the [[MarySue Marty Stu]] in a story written by himself: when Febbs is sent a mysterious parcel, he examines it and the narrative comments "It intrigued his uniquely subtle, agile mind."

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* GenreShift: Dick used to pull this in a low-key way, because he liked telling stories from the PointOfView of more than one character, and he adapted from JamesJoyce Creator/JamesJoyce the technique of shifting the style to reflect the way the character would write, if the character could write. A hilarious example is Surley G. Febbs from ''The Zap Gun'', whose chapters are written as if Febbs's character were the [[MarySue Marty Stu]] in a story written by himself: when Febbs is sent a mysterious parcel, he examines it and the narrative comments "It intrigued his uniquely subtle, agile mind."
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