Philip K. Dick, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Philip K. Dick

American author

Date of Birth: 16-Dec-1928

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Death: 02-Mar-1982

Profession: philosopher, novelist, essayist, science fiction writer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Philip K. Dick

  • Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer known for his work in science fiction.
  • He produced 44 published novels and approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime.
  • His fiction explored varied philosophical and social themes, and featured recurrent elements such as alternate realities, simulacra, large corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness.
  • His interest in questions surrounding the nature of reality, identity, drug abuse, mental illness, and transcendental experiences informed much of his work. Born in Chicago, Dick moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with his family at a young age.
  • He began publishing science fiction stories in 1951, at the age of 22.
  • His stories initially found little commercial success, but his 1962 alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle earned Dick early acclaim, including a Hugo Award for Best Novel.
  • He followed with science fiction novels such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and Ubik (1969).
  • His 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said won the John W.
  • Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
  • Following a series of religious experiences in 1974, Dick's work engaged more explicitly with issues of theology, philosophy, and the nature of reality, as in novels A Scanner Darkly (1977) and VALIS (1981).
  • A collection of his nonfiction writing on these themes was published posthumously as The Exegesis of Philip K.
  • Dick (2011).
  • He died in 1982 in Santa Ana, California, at the age of 53, due to complications from a stroke. A variety of popular Hollywood films based on Dick's works have been produced, including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (adapted twice: in 1990 and in 2012), Minority Report (2002), A Scanner Darkly (2006), and The Adjustment Bureau (2011).
  • The novel The Man in the High Castle (1962) was made into a multi-season television series by Amazon, starting in 2015. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik (1969) one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923.
  • In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer ever to be included in The Library of America series.

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