The Exegesis of Philip K Dick

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The Exegesis of Philip K Dick

The Exegesis of Philip K Dick

  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575132450
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 944
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Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work. In The Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called "2-3-74", a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe "transformed into information". In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit, adding to, revising, and discarding theory after theory, mixing in dreams and visionary experiences as they occurred, and pulling it all together in three late novels known as the VALIS trilogy. In this abridgment, Jackson and Lethem serve as guides, taking the reader through the Exegesis and establishing connections with moments in Dick's life and work.

In Pursuit of Valis

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In Pursuit of Valis

In Pursuit of Valis

Selections from the Exegesis

  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • Publisher: Underwood Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 278
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The World According to Philip K. Dick

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The World According to Philip K. Dick

The World According to Philip K. Dick

  • Author: A. Dunst,S. Schlensag
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137414596
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 234
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As the first essay collection dedicated to Philip K. Dick in two decades, this volume breaks new ground in science fiction scholarship and brings innovative critical perspectives to the study of one of the twentieth century's most influential authors.

The VALIS Trilogy

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The VALIS Trilogy

The VALIS Trilogy

  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0547867735
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 816
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This e-book only edition brings together the three novels of Philip K. Dick's VALIS trilogy. VALIS What is VALIS? This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel, the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick) visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy, or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world. The Divine Invasion God is not dead, he has merely been exiled to an extraterrestrial planet. And it is on this planet that God meets Herb Asher and convinces him to help retake Earth from the demonic Belial. As the middlie novel of Dick's VALIS trilogy, The Divine Invasion plays a pivotal role in answering the questions raised by the first novel, expanding that world while exploring just how much anyone can really know -- even God himself. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer The final book in the VALIS trilogy, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer brings the author’s search for the identity and nature of God to a close. The novel follows Bishop Timothy Archer as he travels to Israel, ostensibly to examine ancient scrolls bearing the words of Christ. But, more importantly, this leads him to examine the decisions he made during his life and how they may have contributed to the suicide of his mistress and son.

Philip K. Dick and Philosophy

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Philip K. Dick and Philosophy

Philip K. Dick and Philosophy

Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits?

  • Author: D. E. Wittkower
  • Publisher: Open Court
  • ISBN: 0812697391
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 288
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Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) is the giant imagination behind so much recent popular culture—both movies directly based on his writings, such as Blade Runner (based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites such as A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his powerful influence, such as The Matrix and Inception. With the publication in 2011 of volume 1 of Exegesis, his journal of spiritual visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is fast becoming a major influence in the world of popular spirituality and occult thinking. In Philip K. Dick and Philosophy thirty Dick fans and professional thinkers confront the fascinating and frightening ideas raised by Dick’s mind-blowing fantasies. Is there an alien world behind the everyday reality we experience? If androids can pass as human, should they be given the same consideration as humans? Do psychotics have insights into a mystical reality? Would knowledge of the future free us or enslave us? This volume will also include Dick's short story "Adjustment Team," on which The Adjustment Bureau is based. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy explores the ideas of Philip K. Dick in the same way that he did: with an earnest desire to understand the truth of the world, but without falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick’s work was replete with whimsical and absurdist presentations of the greatest challenges to reason and to humanity—paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure—and even at his darkest times he was able to keep some perspective and humor, as for example in choosing to name himself ‘Horselover Fat’ in VALIS at the same time as he relates his personal religious epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With the same earnest whimsy, we approach Philip K. Dick as a philosopher like ourselves—one who wrote almost entirely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, but who engaged with many of the greatest questions of philosophy throughout the Euro-American tradition. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy has much to offer for both serious fans and those who have recently learned his name, and realized that his work has been the inspiration for several well-known and thought-provoking films. Most chapters start with one or more of the movies based on Dick’s writing. From here, the authors delve deeper into the issues by bringing in philosophers' perspectives and by bringing in Dick’s written work. The book invites the reader with a casual familiarity with Dick to get to know his work, and invites the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to learn more. New perspectives and challenging connections and interpretations for even the most hard-core Dick fans are also offered. To maximize public interest, the book prominently addresses the most widely-known films, as well as those with the most significant fan followings: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Along with these “big five” films, a few chapters address his last novels, especially VALIS, which have a significant cult following of their own. There are also chapters which address short stories and novels which are currently planned for adaptation: Radio Free Albemuth (film completed, awaiting distribution), The Man in the High Castle (in development by Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and “King of the Elves” (Disney, planned for release in 2012).

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

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Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0544040600
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 496
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Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick contains twenty-one of Dick’s most dazzling and resonant stories, which span his entire career and show a world-class writer working at the peak of his powers. In “The Days of Perky Pat,” people spend their time playing with dolls who manage to live an idyllic life no longer available to the Earth’s real inhabitants. “Adjustment Team” looks at the fate of a man who by mistake has stepped out of his own time. In “Autofac,” one community must battle benign machines to take back control of their lives. And in “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” we follow the story of one man whose very reality may be nothing more than a nightmare. The collection also includes such classic stories as “The Minority Report,” the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” the basis for the film Total Recall. With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.

Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

Contemporary Critical Interpretations

  • Author: Samuel J. Umland
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313292958
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 228
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Contains eleven essays and a bibliography, re-examining Dick's entire oeuvre as prefiguring by decades the philosophical skepticism of postmodernism, and constituting a coherent cultural critique of post-World War II America.

The Philip K. Dick Collection

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The Philip K. Dick Collection

The Philip K. Dick Collection

  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781537145006
  • Category:
  • Page: 328
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This Collection includes Twenty Short stories of Science Fiction by Philip K. Dick first published during 1952-1954. Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 - March 2, 1982) was an American writer, whose published works mainly belong to the genre of science fiction. Dick explored philosophical, sociological and political themes in novels with plots dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. In his later works, Dick's thematic focus tended to reflect his personal interest in metaphysics and theology. He often drew upon his life experiences in addressing the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences in novels such as "A Scanner Darkly" and "VALIS". Later in life, he wrote non-fiction on philosophy, theology, the nature of reality, and science. This material was published posthumously as "The Exegesis". The following tales are included in this Collection: * The Crystal Crypt * Beyond the Door * The Gun * Beyond Lies the Wub * The Skull * The Defenders * Second Variety * The Variable Man * Mr. Spaceship * The Eyes Have It * Piper in the Woods * Adjustment Team * The Hanging Stranger * Tony and the Beetles * The Golden Man * Of Withered Apples * Shell Game * Exhibit Piece * Sales Pitch * Breakfast At Twilight *

Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter

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Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter

Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter

The Science-fictional Religion of Philip K. Dick

  • Author: Gabriel Mckee
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • ISBN: 9780761826736
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 84
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From his earliest stories, Philip K. Dick's science fiction had strong religious and philosophical themes. In Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter, Gabriel McKee gives an overview of Dick's religious experiences and his attempts at communicating them in published works, drawing on Dick's fiction as well as his private journals and personal correspondence.

The Apocalypse of the Reluctant Gnostics

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The Apocalypse of the Reluctant Gnostics

The Apocalypse of the Reluctant Gnostics

Carl G. Jung and Philip K. Dick

  • Author: Stuart Douglas
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0429841035
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 198
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This book presents a comparison of the Gnostic worldviews of Carl G. Jung and science-fiction author, Philip K. Dick, two figures who have done far more than most to revive an interest in the Gnostic tradition in the modern world. Despite profoundly different approaches - one was a depth psychologist whose unique insights and approach to psychology forced him to explore the depths of the unconscious in a way that inevitably led him to touch frequently on metaphysical or spiritual matters; the other was an author of science-fiction - there are some striking parallels between their unique Gnostic visions. With the relatively recent publication of both Jung's and Dick's personal journals - The Red Book (2009), and, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011), respectively - in which they articulate their Gnostic visions, it seems timely to make this comparison.