New To Philip K. Dick?

Recommended First Reads

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
His most famous novel which inspired Blade Runner. A chilling futuristic story that demonstrates his creative genius. The most common gateway book for new readers of Philip K. Dick, I believe.

A great story of corporate intrigue where time moves backwards. Intensely psychological with unpredictable plot twists.

The Man in the High Castle
Dick’s masterpiece which won the Hugo Award in 1963. A mind-bending novel which takes place in an America occupied by Axis forces. These are some of his strongest characters.
Or instead if you are more daring and think you would like to read more than one of these books,

this Library of America press book is a bargain, containing all three of these recommended books plus another excellent novel.

If you would like further recommendations, visit The Connoisseurs’ Choice collated by Umberto Rossi



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17 thoughts on “New To Philip K. Dick?

  1. A number of years ago I read a short story that might be written by PDK and I was wondering if anyone could tell me the title? Short summary: I man goes through a wormhole and sees people on the other side. He begins interacting with them — the other people believe he is a higher power, so he starts using the bible to teach them. In the end he realizes that they are actually from the past and are actually the Isrealites.


      1. It sounds like The Skull, except for the part about reading those people from the past the Bible. No Israelites in that one either, he spoke one sentence to them and it changed humanity for generations.

  2. Lauris-

    According to a fellow fan of Philip K. Dick, the story is titled “Prominent Author” and can be found in Volume 2 of the Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. I hope that helps.

  3. Hello,
    Has Philip K.Dick featured in a novel as a character ?
    Or in movie ?
    I would not be surprised, I think he would have liked the idea.

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  5. Yes, Dick was a character in Michael Bishop’s novel “Secret Ascension: Or Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas”, published in 1989 (I didn’t think it was very good).

    1. There was also a short story, “Broot Force” – don’t recall the content – written by John Sladeck, in the collection titled “The Steam-Driven Boy and Other Strangers” published in 1973, which was supposedly written by “Chipdip K. Kill”, after the fashion of PKD. Same volume included other fanciful authors, such as “I Click As I Move” and “Barry DuBray”.

  6. Lauris – that sounds like a Philip K Dick story I read – cannot remember name – sorry – but the “wormhole” was actually a transpo device the guy used to get from work and back and he saw the civilation – or could be similar stories?????

  7. Hello all. I’ve read a lot of Philip K Dick over many years but I need help to identify a particular PKD short story from a memorable bit of plot that I remember:

    One-by-one each member of a particular family is conscripted to fight in a succession of wars that Earth is fighting with a number of different worlds. Each time it is explained how said planet is the source of this or that strategically-necessary resourse (the metal that allows doors to automatically open, for example).

    It’s for a blog post, by the way.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. I crowd-sourced this question with The PKD Fan Group (here on Facebook) and the best answer I received was this one:

      Some Kinds of Life

      A very certain answer from the group.

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