Typos Found (And Fixed) In “Untitled 1978 (Very) Short Story by Philip K. Dick”

April 18th, 2015 No Comments »

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 Published

March 8th, 2015 No Comments »

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.

Home Page: www.PKDickbooks.com/precious_artifacts.html
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Amazon Greenlights The Man in the High Castle Series

March 3rd, 2015 1 Comment »

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

February 27th, 2015 No Comments »

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 verions of the Ridley Scott classic this weekend at tbe 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.”

Scene From UBIK Cited On Slate.com As Prescient

February 14th, 2015 No Comments »

One of my favorite scenes in the works of Philip K. Dick has been highlighted in an article in Slate.com on February 10, 2015.

Philip K. Dick Warned Us About the Internet of Things in 1969

And while spidering through the links in the article from Slate.com, I found the origin posting of the text from Ubik.

Before we give doors and toasters sentience, we should decide what we’re comfortable with first

The Man in the High Castle Pilot

January 30th, 2015 4 Comments »

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.

The Third Philip K. Dick Film Festival January 15-18, 2015 in New York City

January 14th, 2015 1 Comment »

Apologies for the late notice; this event snuck up on me.

The Third Annual Philip K. Dick International Film Festival of Science Fiction, Fantastic Film, Science and the Supernatural will be held on January 16, 17, and 18 2015 at Tribeca Cinemas, Cervantes Institute and other venues in New York City.

For more information, visit the film festival’s web site: http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/

The Philip K. Dick Film Festival

Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light Essay Updated By The Author

January 13th, 2015 1 Comment »

Angus Taylor has reformatted his essay Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light. This includes changing the typeface and margins to make the essay more attractive and easier to read, and also adding more illustrations by Cora Lee Healy from the original 1975 booklet.

Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light cover
Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light
– Originally published in paperback in 1975, Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light by Angus Taylor was one of the first extended critical examinations of Philip K. Dick’s work. This reformatted digital version features Cora Lee Healy’s illustrations from the original edition. The essay is made available here with the author’s permission.

Happy 86th Birthday

December 16th, 2014 6 Comments »

I would like to wish Phil a Happy 86th Birthday today and just let him know that he is missed by his many fans wherever he happens to be right now.

New Issue of PKD Otaku

August 26th, 2014 1 Comment »

PKD Otaku Issue 31A new issue of PKD Otaku has been published. You can view it here: PKD Otaku Issue 31 or view past issues.

Please be patient after clicking on the link for this issue. The file is large and requires more time to download. An alternative would be to save the file to your computer and read the issue from there.

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