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From The Homeopape is a semi-regular list of [Barely Curated] links related to Philip K. Dick from all over the Internet. A homeopape, a term coined by Philip K. Dick, is defined by Philip K. Dick himself in Ubik (1966):
In a corner of the large room a chime sounded and a tinkling mechanical voice called, “I’m your free homeopape machine, a service supplied exclusively by all the fine Rootes hotels throughout Earth and the colonies. Simply dial the classification of news that you wish, and in a matter of seconds I’ll speedily provide you with a fresh, up-to-the-minute homeopape tailored to your individual requirements; and, let me repeat, at no cost to you!”
Paul Williams would have been 67 today. He passed away on March 27, 2013.
I believe that he was very influential on Philip K. Dick’s career and was partially responsible for the resurgence in popularity of Philip K. Dick and his work. Essentially, Paul Williams was an early adopter of the work of Philip K. Dick. He wrote an article for Rolling Stone, profiling Philip K. Dick, and later expanded it into the book Only Apparently Real: The World of Philip K. Dick.
He was also the executor Philip K. Dick Estate’s estate and in addition, he was a pioneer in Rock music journalism. Below are some links to more information about Paul Williams and his life.
Another kind reader pointed out to me that there were more typos in this page on this web site “Untitled 1978 (Very) Short Story by Philip K. Dick”. Here are the updates made to the story:
In the fourth paragraph of the article: “…the girl who, when she finally showed up, mearly laughed at me.” It should read merely and not mearly.
Also, in the fourth paragraph of the article: “I may may have been a success as a writer” The extra may needed to be removed.
In the fifth paragraph of the article: “Haraln continued, unabashed” It should read Harlan and not Haraln.
All the typos is in a Red font for emphasis.
I compared the version on this web site to the one printed in The Search for Philip K. Dick by Anne Dick to check for more errors.
The rest of typos in the version on the web site have been corrected. Now you can enjoy this story as Philip K. Dick intended (as the marketing people would say) [This time for real!]. I would like to thank both the reader who pointed out the further typo to me and the reader who pointed out that the story is also printed in Anne Dick’s The Search for Philip K. Dick and reprinted in PKD Otaku #10.
A kind reader working on a translation alerted me to a confusing word in the page on this web site “Untitled 1978 (Very) Short Story by Philip K. Dick” in the fourth paragraph of the article: “Living alone year after year in a rented room, apying off the I.R.S. and my endless child support, waiting vainly for the right girl, the girl who, when she finally showed up, mearly laughed at me.” The typo is in a Red font for emphasis.
By looking at the context, I wasn’t able to decipher what the word should be. I searched the older versions of this page in both the copy of the entire site that was passed to me, and in the Wayback Machine (as I prefer to call it) or Internet Archive. The typo seems to have existed since the content was first added to the site. So I contacted Patrick Clark, who had originally provided the story, and he was kind enough to go back and check the original.
He found that yes that was a typo; it should read paying and not apying. And while checking on this, he found another typo in the first sentence of the story: “In the back of the bus an old wino in tattered clothing sat hunched over, holding a wine bottle of ill-concealed in a brown paper bag.” Again, the typo is in a Red font for emphasis. The of needed to be removed.
I have fixed both typos in the version on the web site. Now you can enjoy this story as Philip K. Dick intended (as the marketing people would say). I would like to thank both the reader who pointed out the first typo to me and to Patrick Clark for helping me get to the bottom of these textual mistakes.
Precious Artifacts 2 – A Philip K. Dick Bibliography – The Short Stories: United States of America, United Kingdom and Oceania 1952-2014 has been published as a trade paperback and is now available for purchase on Createspace.com or Amazon.com. From the Wide Books announcement:
In this second volume of Precious Artifacts, David Hyde and Henri Wintz take us on another journey back in time looking at Philip K. Dick’s short story publication history. This fully illustrated bibliography covers 125 short stories written by Philip K. Dick between 1952 and 1981. It is full of details on the stories themselves, the editors who published them, the magazines, anthologies and collections they appeared in, as well as the artists who illustrated them. The bibliography covers not only editions of the books and pulp magazines from the United States and the United Kingdom, but also rare publications from Australia and New Zealand.
The hardback edition of the bibliography is also available in limited quantities and can be ordered at www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html, Amazon.com or Wide Books. The trade paperback can be ordered at Amazon.com, Createspace.com or Wide Books also.
If you have questions about the book, please contact the authors at precious_artifacts[at]pkdickbooks[dot]com.
The adaptation of The Man in the High Castle was one of the five series that Amazon ordered more episodes after the success of the pilot episode in Amazon Studios’ first 2015 pilot season. The show will premiere exclusively to Prime members later this year and in 2016 on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service. No definitive date has been released for the availability of The Man in the High Castle specifically.
According to Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios, “During the latest pilot season, Amazon customers made ‘The Man in the High Castle’ our most-watched pilot ever.”
For more information:
The pilot episode is still available to view if you haven’t seen it yet.
Three Versions of Blade Runner Play Three Straight Nights at Cleveland Cinematheque Starting February 27, 2015
For those Philip K. Dick or Blade Runner fans who live in (or near) Cleveland, Ohio (and who don’t own Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition), you can view three different versions of the Ridley Scott classic this weekend at the Cleveland Cinematheque.
“The original U.S. theatrical release will screen at 9:25 p.m. on Friday. That will be followed by the 1992 “Director’s Cut” version at 9:10 p.m. Saturday and, at 3:45 Sunday afternoon, the “Final Cut” from 2007.”
And while spidering through the links in the article from Slate.com, I found the origin posting of the text from Ubik.
Among the new shows for this round of Amazon Pilot Season is an adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, a beloved and highly regarded Philip K. Dick novel. Anyone who wants to watch the pilot may and then complete a survey about how much they liked to show.
I had lost track of the development of this series; the last news I had read was the this was going to be produced on the BBC some time ago and I was surprised to read only recently that it was a pilot that Amazon.com is considering as a series.
My hope is that even if the series isn’t produced at least some viewers will be intrigued by what they saw and seek out the novel. I definitely see as very likely if only the pilot is produced and even more likely and hopefully in more numbers if the series is created. My gateway to discovering the work of Philip K. Dick was through the film Blade Runner. In a undergraduate film course on Post-Modern Film, I selected a paper topic to compare the novel (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) to the film adaption.
Actually, I should state that my hope is that this pilot leads to a series. The writer, Frank Spotnitz, worked on the X-Files and the Executive Producer is Ridley Scott who directed Blade Runner, arguably one of the best adaptations of of Philip K. Dick’s work.
So please watch, enjoy it and send in a positive survey response to the pilot. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews and press about this pilot so I’m very optimistic that it will be made into a series.