Philip K. Dick

Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was one of the most inventive, talented and troubled SF authors of all time. Famous for his explorations of what we mean by reality and self, and also of the effect of drugs, religion and emotion on our perceptions, his works may sometimes be 'difficult' but they are invariably rewarding, and never dull. Spending most of his life in San Francisco he struggled at times with amphetamine drug abuse, was married five times, tried to commit suicide at least once, and made numerous claims in his later life of experiencing paranormal activities. He spent much of the 1950's writing many non-genre novels, none of which were ever published at the time ("...but what's it all about?", complained one editor). He made his big breakthrough in 1962 with the publication of The Man in the High Castle, an alternate history novel that won the Nebula Award. He went on to write many highly successful and popular books and many of his novels and short stories have been filmed. He died in 1982 from the complications from a stroke, only a few months before Ridley Scott's film Bladerunner was released; the film was based on his great 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Movie adaptations of Philip K. Dick works

Original Story
Second Variety
Adjustment Team
The Golden Man
The Crystal Crypt
The Minority Report
We Can Remember it for you Wholesale
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Confessions of a Crap Artist
Radio Free Albemuth
A Scanner Darkly

Short Story
Short Story
Short Story
Short Story
Short Story
Short Story
Short Story
Short Story

Film Adaptation
Screamers (1995) - starring Peter Weller
Paycheck (2003) - starring Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman
Imposter (2002) - starring Gary Sinese
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) - starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt
Next (2007) - starring Nicholas Cage, Julianne Moore
The Crystal Crypt (2103) - short film
Minority Report (2002) - Spielberg picture starring Tom Cruise
Total Recall (1990 & 2012) - 1990 movie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bladerunner (1982) - Ridley Scott classic, starring Harrison Ford & Rutger Hauer
Confessions d'un Barjo (1992) - French movie
Radio Free Albemuth (2008) - starring Jonathan Scarfe
A Scanner Darkly (2006) - animated rotoscope movie, starring Keanu Reaves

SF Awards won by PKD
The Man in the High Castle - 1963 Hugo Award Best Novel
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said - 1975 Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
A Scanner Darkly - 1978 BSFA Best Novel

8 Essential Short Stories

8 Essential Novels

1.   We Can Remember it for you Wholesale
2.   The Electric Ant
3.   Minority Report
4.   Autofac
5.   Second Variety
6.   The Preserving Machine
7.   Beyond Lies the Wub
8.   Paycheck

1.   Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
2.   Ubik
3.   The Man in the High Castle
4.   The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
5.   Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
6.   Time Out of Joint
7.   VALIS
8.   Martian Time Slip


SF Novels
   Solar Lottery (1955)
   The World Jones Made (1956)
   The Man Who Japed (1956)
   The Cosmic Puppets  (1957) - written 1953
   Eye in the Sky (1957)
   Time Out of Joint (1959) - the earliest great PKD SF novel 
   Vulcan's Hammer (1960) - written 1953
   Dr. Futurity (1960) - written 1953
   The Man in the High Castle (1962) - Hugo Award winner  - Excellent
   The Game-Players of Titan (1963)
   Martian Time-Slip (1964) - Excellent
   Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb (1964) - Nebula Award nominee
   The Simulacra (1964)
   Clans of the Alphane Moon (1964)
   The Penultimate Truth (1964)
   The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965) - Nebula Award nominee - mind-bending & excellent
   The Crack in Space (1966) 
   Now Wait for Last Year (1966)
   The Unteleported Man (aka Lies, Inc.) (1966)
   The Zap Gun (1967)
   The Ganymede Takeover (1967)
   Counter-Clock World (1967)
   Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) - Nebula Award nominee  - Excellent, basis for Bladerunner
   Nick and the Glimmung (1968) - Children's SF novel
   Ubik (1969)  - Excellent
   Galactic Pot-Healer (1969)
   A Maze of Death (1970) - Excellent
   Our Friends from Frolix 8 (1970)
   We Can Build You (1972) - written 1962
   Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974) - Hugo, Nebula & Locus Award nominee  - Excellent
   Deus Irae (with Roger Zelazny) (1976) - written 1964
   A Scanner Darkly (1977) - British SF Award winner - Excellent
   VALIS (1981) - Excellent  - 1st book in VALIS trilogy
   The Divine Invasion (1981) - British SF Award nominee - 2nd book in VALIS trilogy
   The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982) - Nebula & Locus Award nominee  - 3rd book in VALIS trilogy
   Radio Free Albemuth (1985) - written 1976, published posthumously

Non-Genre Mainstream Novels
Dick wrote twelve mainstream novels in his first decade writing. All were rejected by publishers at the time of submission. Confessions of a Crap Artist was finally published in 1975, and an additional eight novels have now published posthumously. Three manuscripts have been lost. The year of composition is given, below.

   1950    Gather Yourselves Together - published posthumously 1994
   1952    Voices from the Street - published posthumously 2007
   1954    Mary and the Giant - published posthumously 1987
   1956    The Broken Bubble - published posthumously 1988 
   1957    Puttering About in a Small Land - published posthumously 1985
   1958    In Milton Lumky Territory - published posthumously 1985
   1959    Confessions of a Crap Artist - only mainstream novel published during Dick's lifetime
   1960    The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike - published posthumously 1984
   1960    Humpty Dumpty in Oakland - published posthumously 1986

Original SF Short Story Collections
   A Handful of Darkness (1955)
   The Variable Man And Other Stories (1957)
   The Preserving Machine (1969)
   The Turning Wheel and Other Stories (1977) 
   The Golden Man (1980)

Complete Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Series (Gollancz)
   Volume 1: Beyond Lies the Wub - stories 1952-53
   Volume 2: Second Variety - stories 1953-54
   Volume 3: The Father-Thing - stories 1953-59
   Volume 4: Minority Report - stories 1955-64
   Volume 5: We Can Remember It For You Wholesale - stories 1964-81