VALBS: Book-Length Essays – Monografie

Vast Active Living Bibliographic System, or Bibliografia critica su Philip Kindred Dick – Secondary Texts on PKD

Book-Length Essays / Monografie

Monographs on P.K. Dick / Monografie specifiche su Philip K. Dick


Anton, Uwe

1984. Die seltsamen Welten des Philip K. Dick, Meitlingen, Corian-Verlag.

1991. Welcome to Reality: The Nightmares of Philip K. Dick, Broken Mirror Press.

1993. Philip K. Dick: Entropie und Hoffnung (Texte und Materialien zur phantastischen Literatur), Tilsner.


Barlow, Aaron

2005. How Much Does Chaos Scare You?: Politics, Religion, and Philosophy in the Fiction of Philip K. Dick,

Butler, Andrew M.

2000. The Pocket Essential: Philip K. Dick. Harpeden: Pocket Essentials.

2007. The Pocket Essential: Philip K. Dick. Revised and Updated. Harpeden: Pocket Essentials.


Caronia, Antonio and Domenico Gallo

2006. La macchina della paranoia: Enciclopedia dickiana, Milano: X Book.

Carrère, Emmanuel

1993. Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts, Paris: Editions de Seuil.

1995. Io sono vivo e voi siete morti: Philip K. Dick 1928/1982. Una biografia [Italian edition of Carrère 1993], Tr. Stefania Papetti,
Roma-Napoli: Theoria.

[Not a biography, but an Avant-pop novel whose protagonist is Philip K. Dick: rich in critical insights, though.]

Chiappetti, Fabrizio

2000. Visioni dal futuro: Il caso di Philip K. Dick, Santarcangelo di Romagna: Fara Editore.


De Feo, Linda

2001. Philip K. Dick: Dal corpo al cosmo, Napoli: Cronopio.

Dick, Anne R.

1995. Search for Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982: A Memoir and Biography of the Science Fiction Writer, Lewiston NY: Edwin Mellen Press.



Fortin, David T.

2011. Architecture and Science-Fiction Film: Philip K. Dick and the Spectacle of Home. Farnham: Ashgate.

Frasca, Gabriele

2007. L’oscuro scrutare di Philip K. Dick. Roma: Meltemi.






Katz, Jason

2008. A Biological Necessity: Evolution in the Novels of Philip K. Dick, Saarbrücken, VDM Verlag.

Kucukalic, Lejla

2008. Philip K. Dick: Canonical Writer of the Digital Age, London, Routledge.


Levack, D.J.H.

1988. PKD: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, Columbia, PA-S. Francisco: Underwood and Miller.

1998. PKD: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography [revised edition of Levack 1988], Westport-London: Meckler.

Link, Eric Carl

2010. Understanding Philip K. Dick, Columbia: The University of South Carolina Press.


Mackey, Douglas A.

1988. Philip K. Dick, Boston: Twayne.

McKee, Gabriel.

2004. Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter: The Science-Fictional Religion of Philip K. Dick, Lanham, MD: University Press of

2007. The Gospel According to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final Frontier, Louisville, KY and London: Westminster John Knox




Palmer, Christopher

2003. Philip K. Dick; Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool UP.

Rasetti, Carlos

1997. Epistemologia para vigilantes: A propósito de Blade Runner. Colección Eutopías, vol. 152, Valencia.

Pierce, Hazel

1982. Philip K. Dick: Starmont Reader’s Guide 12, Mercer Island, Wa: Borgo.


Riche, D.

1986. Science Fiction 7-8: Special Philip K. Dick, Paris: Denoël.

Rickels, Laurence A.

2010. I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Rickman, Gregg

1984. Philip K. Dick: In His Own Words, Long Beach, Ca.: Fragments West/The Valentine Press.

1985. Philip K. Dick: The Last Testament, Long Beach, Ca.: Fragments West/The Valentine Press.

1988. Philip K. Dick: In His Own Words [Second Edition], Long Beach, Ca.: Fragments West/The Valentine Press.

1989. To The High Castle: Philip K. Dick: A Life 1928-1963, Long Beach, Ca.: Fragments West/The Valentine Press.

Rispoli, Francesca

2001. Universi che cadono a pezzi: La fantascienza di Philip K. Dick, Milano: Bruno Mondadori.

Robinson, Kim Stanley

1984. The Novels of Philip K. Dick, Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press.

Rossi, Umberto

2011. The Twisted Worlds of Philip K. Dick: A Reading of Twenty Ontologically Uncertain Novels, Jefferson: McFarland.


Seed, David.

1999. American Science Fiction and the Cold War. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Stephens, C.P.

1991. A Checklist of Philip K. Dick, Hastings-on-Hudson: Ultramarine.

-Payne, P. and G. Benson jr.

1990. Philip Kindred Dick: A Working Bibliography, Albuquerque, NM: Galactic Central.

Strowa, Christian

2008. Things Don’t Like Me: Paranoia, Colonialism and McCarthyism in the Novels of Philip K. Dick. Trier, Germany: WVT.

Sutin, Lawrence

1989. Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick, New York: Harmony Books.


Taylor, Angus

1975. Philip K Dick and the Umbrella of Light, Baltimore, Maryland: T. K. Graphics.

1976. “Philip K. Dick e l’ombrello della luce” [Italian translation of Taylor, A. 1975], tr. Sandro Pergameno, Le voci di dopo, eds. De
Turris, Gianfranco and Sebastiano Fusco, Roma: Fanucci, pp. 283-322.



Vest, Jason P.

2007. Future Imperfect: Philip K. Dick at the Movies. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers.

2009a. Future Imperfect: Philip K. Dick at the Movies. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. [Rpt. of Vest 2007]

2009b. The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press.


Warrick, Patricia

1987. Mind in Motion: The Fiction of Philip K. Dick, Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press.

Wright, H. Stephen

1987. Philip K. Dick : a secondary bibliography, 1960-1983, DeKalb, Ill., H.S. Wright.



Monographs which diffusely discuss Dick (among other writers) / Monografie che trattano anche Dick in più passi


Aldiss, Brian

1973. Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science-Fiction, Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Aldiss, Brian, and David Wingrove

1986. Trillion Year Spree [enhanced version of Aldiss 1973], London: Paladin.

Ash, Brian

1975. Faces of the Future: The Lessons of Science-Fiction, New York: Taplinger.


Brians, Paul

1987. Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984, Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press.

Broderick, Damien

1995. Reading By Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction, London and New York: Routledge.

Budrys, Algis

1985. Benchmarks, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Bukatman, Scott

1993. Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction, Durham and London: Duke University Press.


Caronia, Antonio

1985. Il cyborg, Roma: Theoria.

1996. Il corpo virtuale, Padova: Muzzio.

2001. Il cyborg [revised edition of Caronia 1985], Milano: Shake.

Carotenuto, Aldo

2001. L’ultima Medusa: Psicologia della fantascienza, Milano: Bompiani.

Carter, Paul A.

1977. The Creation of Tomorrow, New York: Columbia UP.

Clareson, Thomas D.

1990. Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction: The Formative Period (1926-1970), Columbia: U of South Carolina Press.

Collettivo “Un’ambigua utopia”

1979. Nei labirinti della fantascienza, Milano: Feltrinelli.

Couliano, Ioan P.

1990. The Tree of Gnosis: Gnostic Mythology from Early Christianisty to Modern Nihilism, San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

Cremaschi, Inisero

1979. Cosa leggere di fantascienza, Milano: Bibliografica.

Currey, L.W.

1979. Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of their Fiction and Selected Nonfiction, Boston: G.K. Hall.

Curtoni, Vittorio and Giuseppe Lippi

1978. Guida alla fantascienza, Milano: Gammalibri.


Disch, Thomas M.

1998. The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World, New York: The Free Press.

Dowie, John

1990. Take Them to the Garden, Brighton: n. p.

Dowling, David

1988. Fictions of Nuclear Disaster, Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.


Eizykman, Boris

1973. Science-fiction et capitalisme, Paris: Mame.

Ellison, Harlan

1985. An Edge in My Voice, Norfolk, VA: Donning.


Formenti, Carlo

2000. Incantati dalla rete: Immaginari, utopie e conflitti nell’epoca di Internet, Milano: Cortina.

Franklin, H. Bruce

1988. War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination, New York: Oxford University Press.

Frasca, Gabriele

1996. La scimmia di Dio: L’estasi della guerra mediale, Genova: Costa & Nolan.

2005. La lettera che muore. La «letteratura» nel reticolo mediale. Roma: Meltemi.

Fredericks, C. S.

1982. The Future of Eternity, Bloomington: Indiana UP.


Giovannini, Fabio

1992. Cyberpunk e splatterpunk, Roma: Datanews.

Giovannini, Fabio e Marco Minicangeli

1998. Storia del romanzo di fantascienza, Roma: Castelvecchi.

Guardamagna, Daniela

1980. Analisi dell’incubo: L’utopia negativa da Swift alla fantascienza, Roma: Bulzoni.


Hartwell, David G.

1984. Age of Wonders, New York: Walker.


James, Edward

1994. Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century, Oxford: Oxford UP.

Jameson, Fredric

1991. Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, London and New York: Verso.

2005. Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions, London and New York: Verso.


Ketterer, David

1974. New Worlds for Old: The Apocalyptic Imagination, Science Fiction, and American Literature, Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Knight, Damon

1967. In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction, Chicago: Advent.


Lefanu, Sarah

1988. In the Chinks of the World Machine: Feminism and Science Fiction, London: Women’s Press.

Le Guin, Ursula K.

1989. The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Susan Wood. [Revised edition edited by Ursula K. Le Guin],
London: The Women’s Press.

Luckhurst, Roger

2005. Science Fiction, Cambridge: Polity.


McHale, Brian

1992. Constructing Postmodernism, New York: Routledge.

Mizrach, David

1996. Manifesto X [Slacker Manifesto], tr. Gianluca Pompei, Roma: Theoria.

Montanari, Gianni

1978. La fantascienza: Gli autori e le opere, Milano: Longanesi.




Pagetti, Carlo

1970. Il senso del futuro: La fantascienza nella letteratura americana, Roma: Ed. di Storia e Letteratura.

1992. I sogni della scienza. Roma: Ed. Riuniti.

Panshin, Alexei

1982. Transmutations, Elephant, PA: Elephant Books.

Parrinder, Patrick

1980. Science-Fiction: Its Criticism and Teaching, London: Methuen.

Pierce, John J.

1987. Great Themes of Science Fiction. New York: Greenwood.

Platt, Charles

1980. Dream Makers: The Uncommon People Who Write Science Fiction, New York: Berkley Books.

1987. Dream Makers: Science fiction and Fantasy Writers at Work [UK edition of Platt 1980], London: Xanadu Publications Ltd.

Pringle, David

1985. Science Fiction: The Best 100 Novels. London: Xanadu.

Proietti, Salvatore

2003. Hippies!: Le culture della controcultura. Roma: Cooper Castelvecchi.


Reginald, R.

1979. Science-Fiction and Fantasy Literature: A Checklist, 1700-1974, with Contemporary Science-Fiction Authors II, Detroit: Gale.

Rose, Mark

Alien Encounters,
Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.


Sadoul, Jacques

1973. Histoire de la science-fiction moderne, Paris: Albin Michel.

1975. La storia della fantascienza [Italian edition of Sadoul 1973], tr. Giusi Riverso, Milano: Garzanti.

Scholes, Robert and Eric S. Rabkin

1977. Science-Fiction: History-Science-Vision, New York: Oxford University Press.

1979. Fantascienza: Storia, scienza, visione [Italian edition of Scholes and Rabkin 1977], tr. Giovanna Orzalesi Liborio, Parma: Pratiche.

Stableford, Brian

1987. The Sociology of Science Fiction, Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House.

Suvin, Darko

1988. Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction, Kent, OH: Kent State UP.





Warrick, Patricia

1980. The Cybernetic Imagination in Science Fiction, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

1984. Il romanzo del futuro [Italian edition of Warrick 1980], tr. Cinzia Portoghese, Bari: Dedalo.




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