* AdaptationDisplacement: Chances are people watch most of the [[Film/TotalRecall1990 movies]] [[MinorityReport based]] [[Film/AScannerDarkly on]] [[Film/TotalRecall2012 his]] [[Film/BladeRunner books]] without knowing the source material.
* {{Anvilicious}}: usually averted except in the case of governmental exploitation and drug rehab centres, which tend to be a rather painful subject. Also he seems to have a few issues with abortions, as the short story concerning "Pre-persons" makes fairly clear.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory - In VALIS, Everyone is really Jesus In Purgatory.
** In the sequel to VALIS, ''The Divine Intervention'' it goes one step further and actually ''has'' the physical manifestation of Jesus in purgatory. Of course, [[MindScrew he has brain damage...]]
** Odds are, in a [=PKD=] book, that you can interpret the point of view of every protagonist that isn't an outright JerkAss to come to this conclusion. Take ''Ubick'' for example. Or ''Flow My tears'', or ''Do androids dream'' or ''Galactic Pot Healer''...
* HilariousInHindsight - The protagonist of his 1960 novel ''Dr. Futurity'' is Dr. Creator/JimParsons.
* ParanoiaFuel: And lots of it.
** ''Lives'' on it. If you're off your meds and you read one of PKD's stories be ready to barricade yourself in an air-tight room with a shot-gun and a bottle of painkillers.
** There's one where an unmanned drone assassinates a man, plants perfect, undeniable evidence of a scapegoat, and disguises itself as a working television as part of a corporate usurpation. Sleep tight.
* ValuesDissonance: Many of his intended messages, like ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'''s anti-A.I. sentiments or ''Pre-persons'' presentation of abortion, haven't been received very well and even outrightly inverted in adaptations.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: He wrote ''entire books'' that resemble extended, fictional meditations on Judeo-Christian and Gnostic semiotics. ''The Divine Invasion'' comes to mind especially.
** ''The Divine Invasion'' [[ParanoiaFuel will have you desperately leafing through translations of the Torah just to make sure the End Of Days isn't coming next week.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: He was known for finishing many of his novels in less than a week, a feat he usually achieved by taking amphetamines and writing non-stop. ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'', however, which is ''about'' drug addicts, was written after he became sober.
** Fictional drugs play significant roles in several other stories, such as Can-D (which tranfers your mind into a Barbie-like doll named Perky Pat) and Chew-Z (an afterlife-simulating hallucinogen [[spoiler:that allows the title character to control your perception]]) from ''The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch''.
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