New To Philip K. Dick?

Recommended First Reads


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
His most famous novel which inspired Blade Runner. A chilling futuristic story that demonstrates his creative genius. The most common gateway book for new readers of Philip K. Dick, I believe.

UBIK
A great story of corporate intrigue where time moves backwards. Intensely psychological with unpredictable plot twists.

The Man in the High Castle
Dick’s masterpiece which won the Hugo Award in 1963. A mind-bending novel which takes place in an America occupied by Axis forces. These are some of his strongest characters.
Or instead if you are more daring and think you would like to read more than one of these books,

this Library of America press book is a bargain, containing all three of these recommended books plus another excellent novel.

If you would like further recommendations, visit The Connoisseurs’ Choice collated by Umberto Rossi

7 Responses to “New To Philip K. Dick?”

  1. Lauris Says:

    A number of years ago I read a short story that might be written by PDK and I was wondering if anyone could tell me the title? Short summary: I man goes through a wormhole and sees people on the other side. He begins interacting with them — the other people believe he is a higher power, so he starts using the bible to teach them. In the end he realizes that they are actually from the past and are actually the Isrealites.

    Lauris

  2. Michael Fisher Says:

    Lauris-

    According to a fellow fan of Philip K. Dick, the story is titled “Prominent Author” and can be found in Volume 2 of the Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. I hope that helps.

  3. Barry Spatz Says:

    I was Maurice in Valis– Barry C. Spatz SoCal 2014

  4. Frank Says:

    Hello,
    Has Philip K.Dick featured in a novel as a character ?
    Or in movie ?
    I would not be surprised, I think he would have liked the idea.
    Frank.

  5. Farrell Winter Says:

    Hello. I would like to invite you to visit my website, , where you may read my review of Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol.III. I am the author of a feminist science fiction novel, Zohu, A Land Ruled by Women. You can also read the first two chapters of Zohu on the site, as well as one of my short stories, “An Alternate Love Story”. Thank you.

  6. Keith Says:

    Yes, Dick was a character in Michael Bishop’s novel “Secret Ascension: Or Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas”, published in 1989 (I didn’t think it was very good).

  7. sharron Says:

    Lauris – that sounds like a Philip K Dick story I read – cannot remember name – sorry – but the “wormhole” was actually a transpo device the guy used to get from work and back and he saw the civilation – or could be similar stories?????

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