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YMMV: Philip K. Dick
  • Adaptation Displacement: Chances are people watch most of the movies based on his 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.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory - 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, 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 Jerk Ass to come to this conclusion. Take Ubick for example. Or Flow My tears, or Do androids dream or Galactic Pot Healer...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight - The protagonist of his 1960 novel Dr. Futurity is Dr. Jim Parsons.
  • Paranoia Fuel: 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.
  • Values Dissonance: Many of his intended messages, like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'s anti-A.I. sentiments or Pre-persons presentation of abortion, haven't been received very well and even outrightly inverted in adaptations.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: He wrote entire books that resemble extended, fictional meditations on Judeo-Christian and Gnostic semiotics. The Divine Invasion comes to mind especially.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: 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. A Scanner Darkly, 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 that allows the title character to control your perception) from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.

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