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Happy Birthday, Philip K. Dick!

Happy birthday to Philip K. Dick (16 December, 1928 – 2 March, 1982)!

Philip K. Dick Books

“This is a mournful discovery.
1) Those who agree with you are insane.
2) Those who do not agree with you are in power.”

- Philip K. Dick, VALIS (1981)



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Dec. 17th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
I love PKD! He's one of my top favorite writers. I especially love "A Scanner Darkly."
Dec. 17th, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
That should have been italicized. My bad.
Dec. 22nd, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yes! Isn't his work amazing? It's good to hear you consider him a favorite, too.
Dec. 25th, 2014 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'd be remiss not to bring up Psycho-Pass, which could be described as a cross between The Minority Report and Paranoia and overall has a very strong Philip K. Dick influence. A word of warning, though. The second season should be avoided like the plague, as it is to the first season what The Quickening was to the first Highlander movie. I blame the change of Series Composition (essentially head writer) from Gen Urobuchi to Tow Ubukata, as the two of them have largely incompatible viewpoints. This results in something akin to what it would be like if Lois McMaster Bujold tried to write a short story for an Honor Harrington anthology. Of course it didn't help that Ubukata appeared to have not actually bothered to familiarize himself with the first season, as many of the key concepts of the setting were either ignored or flat-out contradicted.

(BTW it may sound like I was denigrating Bujold up there, but I wasn't. I just think that her personal philosophies would clash badly with the Honor Harrington setting.)

Edited at 2014-12-26 12:17 pm (UTC)
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