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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:08 pm 
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I know there are plenty of fans of this author here. As part of my ongoing interest in reading all of the 'great' science fiction authors in the last few years, I have read 'A Canticle for Leibowitz', 'The Mote in God's Eye', '2001', The Foundation Trilogy', 'Dune', 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', 'The Martian Chronicles' and several other books commonly regarded as science fiction 'classics'. Now I've decided that it is time to move on and start reading the works of Philip K Dick. In the past, I have read 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', 'We Can Remember it for you Wholesale' and 'Minority Report', in short, I've read all the books that have been made into movies that I've seen, but nothing beyond that.

Given that he seems to have been a fairly prolific author, and that it seems that most or all of his works were short stories that don't take long to read, I think I could probably read a lot by him in a short time (kind of like Asimov in that regard).

Other than the 'obvious' choices, what would you say are his best works that are most worthy of my time?

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 Post subject: Re: Philip K Dick
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Tread with care. He was quite possibly possessed and some of his works are blasphemous.



Almost singlehandedly put me off SF, back in the 60s.

Read MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, if you have to read something. Or THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH, if you want to give up SF.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Tread with care. He was quite possibly possessed and some of his works are blasphemous.


Well, both Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were atheists, and their atheism is very overt in many of their works.

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 Post subject: Re: Philip K Dick
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Doom wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Tread with care. He was quite possibly possessed and some of his works are blasphemous.


Well, both Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were atheists, and their atheism is very overt in many of their works.



Ok. Suit yourself. Try THREE STIGMATA.

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Doom wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Tread with care. He was quite possibly possessed and some of his works are blasphemous.


Well, both Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were atheists, and their atheism is very overt in many of their works.

Atheism and blasphemy are not the same thing. Asimov and Clarke are one thing; Dick is quite another, and worse.

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How about A Scanner Darkly or Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said?

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Doom wrote:
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Tread with care. He was quite possibly possessed and some of his works are blasphemous.


Well, both Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were atheists, and their atheism is very overt in many of their works.

Atheism and blasphemy are not the same thing. Asimov and Clarke are one thing; Dick is quite another, and worse.



True.

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How about A Scanner Darkly or Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said?



Or VALIS. VALIS is ...notable.

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Doom wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Tread with care. He was quite possibly possessed and some of his works are blasphemous.


Well, both Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were atheists, and their atheism is very overt in many of their works.


I found Asimov's guide to the Bible to be interesting...

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How about A Scanner Darkly or Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said?



Or VALIS. VALIS is ...notable.

I also like We Can Build You.

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Peregrinator wrote:
GKC wrote:
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How about A Scanner Darkly or Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said?



Or VALIS. VALIS is ...notable.

I also like We Can Build You.


Like? Who's talking like?

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How about A Scanner Darkly or Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said?



Or VALIS. VALIS is ...notable.

:shock: :shock: :shock:

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You know, I looked it up, and I think I'm going to stay well away from Philip K. Dick! :shock:

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Norwegianblue wrote:
You know, I looked it up, and I think I'm going to stay well away from Philip K. Dick! :shock:



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Prudent. Wise, even.



Good taste, at the very least.

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Prudent. Wise, even.



Good taste, at the very least.


'Cept for "DADOES". That is a classic, I have read it eleventy million times and enjoy it every single read.

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kage_ar wrote:
GKC wrote:
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Prudent. Wise, even.



Good taste, at the very least.


'Cept for "DADOES". That is a classic, I have read it eleventy million times and enjoy it every single read.


(sigh)

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