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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''') and some received a more mixed reception (''Film/{{Next}}'', ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'', ''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 His largest work is to date unpublished [[http://www.amazon.com/The-Exegesis-Philip-K-Dick/dp/0547549253 save a few excerpts]] - over 7000 pages of notes speculating on Greek philosophy, early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.

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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''') ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'') and some received a more mixed reception (''Film/{{Next}}'', ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'', ''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 His largest work is to date unpublished [[http://www.amazon.com/The-Exegesis-Philip-K-Dick/dp/0547549253 save a few excerpts]] - over 7000 pages of notes speculating on Greek philosophy, early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.


** He does it again in ''Lierature/{{VALIS}}'', introducing one character named Philip K. Dick and another called Horselover Fat (a pun on the literal Greek and German meanings of "Philip" and "Dick").

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** He does it again in ''Lierature/{{VALIS}}'', ''Literature/{{VALIS}}'', introducing one character named Philip K. Dick and another called Horselover Fat (a pun on the literal Greek and German meanings of "Philip" and "Dick").


He has a strong cult-following pan-globally which has been growing since his death in the early 1980s, encouraged by the relevance that a lot of his works have to modern day society. A lot of his more thought-provoking works continue to be the subject of analysis today.

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He Hailed as "The Godfather of Science Fiction", he has a strong cult-following pan-globally which has been growing since his death in the early 1980s, encouraged by the relevance that a lot of his works have to modern day society. A lot of his more thought-provoking works continue to be the subject of analysis today.

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* DeadArtistsAreBetter: While he was a respected science fiction author during his lifetime, he only became recognized as a geek icon after his death in 1982.

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* FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence: This was a major theme in Dick's works, where humanity was paranoid about the existence of beings that could easily overpower the human race: robots, gods, and mutants. Dick was especially against mutants, seeing them as putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. As his short story "The Golden Man" points out:
--> "If we introduce a mutant to keep humans going it'll be mutants, not us, who'll inherit the earth. Don't think for a moment we can put locks on them and expect them to serve us. If they're really superior to homo sapiens, they'll win out in even competition. To survive, we've got to cold-deck them right from the start."

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* MissingEpisode: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Dick_bibliography In his bibliography]], A Time for George Stavros, Pilgrim on the Hill, Nicholas and the Higgs, etc. were (the manuscripts) lost before publishing.


Around 1974, Dick began to have odd [[http://deoxy.org/pkd_how2build.htm revelations/hallucinations]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophany culminating with direct contact]] with the [[{{God}} entity formerly known as God]]. Many think he suffered from schizophrenia, a possibility Dick himself acknowledged and wrestled with. He became increasingly paranoid, at one point alleging that the KGB or the FBI stole documents from his house (he did, in fact, come home one night to find one of his filing cabinets forced open); later, he suggested that he ''might have broken into his own house'' and then forgotten about it. Many suspect his later novels are so [[MindScrew confusing]] because he was trying to [[CreatorBreakdown work out these problems in his writing]].

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Around 1974, Dick began to have odd [[http://deoxy.org/pkd_how2build.htm revelations/hallucinations]], revelations/hallucinations,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophany culminating with direct contact]] with the [[{{God}} entity formerly known as God]]. Many think he suffered from schizophrenia, a possibility Dick himself acknowledged and wrestled with. He became increasingly paranoid, at one point alleging that the KGB or the FBI stole documents from his house (he did, in fact, come home one night to find one of his filing cabinets forced open); later, he suggested that he ''might have broken into his own house'' and then forgotten about it. Many suspect his later novels are so [[MindScrew confusing]] because he was trying to [[CreatorBreakdown work out these problems in his writing]].



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 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]]. 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]]


* PhysicalReligion: ''A Maze of Death''.

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* PhysicalReligion: ''A Maze of Death''.Death'' has three manifestations of God that you can send your prayers to by radio, because they reside on godly planets, except the Walker on Earth, who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin walks among humans]] giving advice. [[spoiler: The Destroyer of Form is stated to be a forth manifestation in Tony's vision]] - there's a ''lot'' of neoplatonism subtly woven into this book.


* {{Commune}}: ''A Maze Of Death'' opens with several strangers arriving at the "Tekel Upharsin Kibbutz".

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* {{Commune}}: Seth and Mary Morley leave from their former home, "Tekel Upharsin Kibbutz", for a new colony, Delmak-O in ''A Maze Of Death'' opens with several strangers arriving at the "Tekel Upharsin Kibbutz".Death''.


Philip Kindred Dick (1928-1982) was an American ScienceFiction author who wrote many influential novels. Throughout his life, he suffered from severe hallucinations and a distorted view of reality. His novels reflect this, and his writing made him one of the most beloved and most critically acclaimed writers in the sci-fi genre.

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Philip Kindred Dick (1928-1982) (December 16, 1928 March 2, 1982) was an American ScienceFiction author who wrote many influential novels. Throughout his life, he suffered from severe hallucinations and a distorted view of reality. His novels reflect this, and his writing made him one of the most beloved and most critically acclaimed writers in the sci-fi genre.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Kathy Egmont in "What The Dead Men Say" comes across as a fragile easily-duped waif. It turns out she's something very different...


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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Maximilian Fischer in "Stand-By" is a bloated non-entity who gets picked (against his will) to become the new back-up President, whose miserable job is to sit around the White House and wait in case the actual President, a super-computer, breaks down. Nobody actually expects this to ever happen, but.. it does, Fischer gets a taste of power and permanently sabotages the computer. In the sequel "What'll We Do With Ragland Park?", he's progressed to the point of having people killed.

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** He does it again in ''Lierature/{{VALIS}}'', introducing one character named Philip K. Dick and another called Horselover Fat (a pun on the literal Greek and German meanings of "Philip" and "Dick").


* RedHerring: In "The War Game", the protagonists think that the visible part of "Storming the Fortress" game from Ganymede (thought to plan a war against Earth) is just a cover for some more sinister aspect of the game. [[spoiler: Turns out it ''is'' a red herring, but for a completely unrelated Ganymede game that is aimed at educating the children in the spirit of surrendering instead of fighting.]]

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* RedHerring: In "The War Game", the protagonists think that the visible part of "Storming the Fortress" game from Ganymede (thought to plan a war against Earth) is just a cover for some more sinister aspect of the game. [[spoiler: Turns out it ''is'' a red herring, but for a completely unrelated Ganymede game that is aimed at educating the children in the spirit of wilfully surrendering what belongs to them instead of fighting.fighting for it.]]


* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:''Minority Report'', both versions.]] In [[spoiler:''Paycheck'']] the government's discovery of a future-seeing device causes it to bring about the disasters the machine prophecies.

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:''Minority Report'', both versions.]] In [[spoiler:''Paycheck'']] the government's discovery of a future-seeing device causes it to bring about the disasters the machine prophecies.]]



* SlidingScaleOfLibertarianismAndAuthoritarianism: Dick himself had borderline anarchist views (to the point where many anarchists have acknowledged his influence), but many of his settings are authoritarian dystopias. "The Last of the Masters", meanwhile, is set two hundred years after an anarchist revolution and depicts [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the last surviving government]].

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* SlidingScaleOfLibertarianismAndAuthoritarianism: Dick himself had borderline anarchist views (to the point where many anarchists have acknowledged his influence), but many of his settings are authoritarian dystopias. "The Last of the Masters", meanwhile, is set two hundred years after an anarchist revolution and depicts [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the last surviving government]].government]] - not entirely unsympathetically.

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* RedHerring: In "The War Game", the protagonists think that the visible part of "Storming the Fortress" game from Ganymede (thought to plan a war against Earth) is just a cover for some more sinister aspect of the game. [[spoiler: Turns out it ''is'' a red herring, but for a completely unrelated Ganymede game that is aimed at educating the children in the spirit of surrendering instead of fighting.]]

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