Post a Comment. Thursday, April 12, Review of Philip K. Dick to recognize the elements common to most of his fiction. Quirky ideas imposed on quotidian settings, metaphysical twists on reality drugs, technology, dogma, etc. And while alternate history was not something he often explored, it is the biggest aspect of his best novel The Man in the High Castle.
New Worlds magazine serialised his "breakthrough" novel Time Out of Joint in and I believe mine was the first published essay on Dick to suggest that he was something more than a good genre writer. People such as Maxim Jakubowski began to publicise him in France. New Worlds commissioned the late John Brunner to write the first appreciation of Dick to run in a national magazine. The publisher, perhaps believing books that cheap couldn't be any good, passed. I wrote to Dick saying he was being undersold. Dick, notoriously his own worst enemy, did not, as I suggested, change his agent.
The novel is like an onion; as you, the reader, delve in, you come to understand that this is no mere narration, but layer upon layer of reality; it is an uncomfortable itinerary into the blurring edges of chemically induced fantasy, of painful Bedlam reality, of base instincts made manifest. Dick explores these themes again in his s view of a human future that is both a dance of macabre marionettes and a despairing dive into paranoia. For all that, the end game remains always the same in these literary explorations - Truth. This is particularly invested in the techno-speak of the author - a reader can date a novel with a fair degree of accuracy based on the terms alone.
Philip Kindred Dick 16 December — 2 March 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. A novel about colonists to Delmak-O, all seemingly mentally ill and suspicious of each other.