Literary Criticism

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From Philip K. Dick

Untitled (Very) Short Story by Philip K. Dick – Included by Philip K. Dick in a letter, this vignette imagines an elderly Phil Dick having it out with sci-fi author Harlan Ellison. (April 2007)

Three Sci-Fi Authors View the Future – An excerpt from Scholastic Voice (1974) with original quotes from Philip K. Dick speculating on the future of humanity. (April 2007)

My Life in Stillness: White As Day – Unconfirmed long-lost Philip K. Dick poem allegedly written in a personal letter and included in a 1983 anthology titled “Last Wave.” (April 2007)

Metaphysical Quotations From The Novels Of Philip K. Dick – Andrew May has compiled a collection of quotes from PKD’s science fiction novels that deal with philosophy, religion and the meaning of human existence.

Philip K. Dick Letters From 1982 – These letters written in the last months of Philip K. Dick’s life are available for the first time on Thanks, Kris for sharing these gems with PKD fans.

Rautaavara’s Case

Tractates Cryptica Scriptura from Valis

How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later 1978 article

4 Responses to “Literary Criticism”

  1. Lawrence Magee Says:

    I believe that Philip K. Dick was an idea man, but a terrible writer.

  2. Richard Fahey Says:

    It depends what you mean by a terrible writer.He didn’t have a prettily embroidered prose,but the strength of his literary skill lay in the core of his concepts that made him great.A sparkling literary style would not have improved the quality of his brilliant invention,unlike writers of less substance who mostly just polish their stuff with a literary grace.

    In fact,his prose,if rough,was actually I think unique and unmistakable,dense,fast and impacted,with a rapid variation in tone book after book.He didn’t write at great length and ramble either,not even in Valis,but was rather economical and concise.

  3. Ian Smith Adventures Says:

    Quite the contrary I think. I’ve heard this criticism a lot and I couldn’t disagree more. His prose is clear and evocative. And it flows better than most any sf writer I know of. He describes complex inner states in a concise and relatable way and he handles a multitude of different viewpoints of the same events within the same novel. A number of his novels I have read in a single sitting because I was literally unable to put them down.

    I think most people are perhaps unused to the pulp-ish style, which is influenced heavily by golden age sf, particularly AE Van Vogt. It’s just the kind of writing I like, with the right mix of detail and forward momentum.

  4. Richard Fahey Says:

    His prose style can’t be confused with anybody else,containing vivid,realistic dialogue.It is his style I love and kept me reading his stuff.

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