Philip K. Dick’s Top Novels

The other day while I was answering another comment, I found a comment from James on November 8 which I had intended to address but it slipped my mind.  (James, I apologize)

He asked:

james Says:
November 8th, 2011 at 11:26 am e
Hello-
Quick question… his TOP 10 NOVELS, not novellas in your opinion ? I own & have read : Do Androids, Man in the High Castle, 3 Stigmata, & Ubik. What 6 should I add to my list ? Do you like any of the new, non fiction stuff being released ? i.e. His pre-sci-fi writing days ?
Lastly, whom do you think is his close second ? Asimov, William Gibson ?
Thanks for your time & knowledge… James

Here I need to admit to everyone that I have not read all of Philip K. Dick novels. So I can answer his question with the titles that I have read which one problem is that the only mainstream novels I have read are Confessions of a Crap Artist and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.

One answer to the question I found on this page which list the top three novels from the long running survey that was conducted here. I don’t know if that one is related to the survey run in For Dickheads Only which is very similar.

So at the risk of beating a dead and rotting horse, I will list my favorite novels in order [from what novels I’ve read] each a link to Amazon.com for purchase or more information:

  1. VALIS
  2. Radio Free Albemuth
  3. The Man in the High Castle
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  5. Ubik
  6. A Scanner Darkly
  7. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
  8. Martian Time-Slip
  9. Galactic Pot-Healer
  10. Confessions of a Crap Artist

I love all the non fiction being released but I am behind on my reading. I haven’t been reading the Exegesis like everyone else even though I have a copy of it to read later.

I tend to like J.G. Ballard and Thomas Disch also for Science Fiction. I used to read more widely in Science Fiction and Fantasy but now I include a lot more contemporary writing and literature.

I think we all know that these types of lists can be controversial especially with my number one choice which is also my favorite book of all time. Feel free to add your own top ten list in the comments or discuss my selections.

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  1. Looks like James has read four of the best PKD novels. I suggest he read SOLAR LOTTERY, EYE IN THE SKY and THE WORLD JONES MADE. If a new PKD reader likes these early novels then he or she will like all the novels that follow!

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