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A PHILIP K. DICK CHRONOLOGY, 1943 - 1982

Including his Novels and Short Stories Ordered by Composition


    In this chronology I have modified the standard one compiled by Paul Williams and published in his book ONLY APPARENTLY REAL (see 'References') and reflected for the most part by the ordering of the short stories in the five volumes of THE COLLECTED STORIES OF PHILIP K. DICK.

    While doing research for my manuscript PINK BEAM: A Philip K. Dick Companion (2003, unpublished) and this update to the ENCYCLOPEDIA DICKIANA I didn't hesitate to jump to conclusions on the slimmest of evidence that some story was incorrectly placed in the standard chronology. For example, the short story "Of Withered Apples" is now dated to a much earlier time than that given in the standard chronology.

    There is still a lot of uncertainty involved in compiling a true chronology of Philip K. Dick stories. No doubt I have made mistakes. For these I apologise. But with this new compilation the ENCYCLOPEDIA DICKIANA is proud to present the New Standard PKD Chronology -- Lord RC, Dec 2003.

   Novels are in Capital Letters, Short Stories are in Small Letters: Novels and Collections, because these are actual 'books', are in the same chronology (N) while short stories are in the (S) chronology. Novel background is pink, story background is blue.

Num N S Title Writing Date SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes

1

1   RETURN TO LILLIPUT 1943 Not completed Not published

Lost ms

2   1 Stratosphere Betty 1943   Aug 30, 1943 Mimeo sheet, self-published
3   2 Stability 1947   1987  
4 2   THE EARTH SHAKER 1948-49     Outline and a few chapters remain
5   3 Of Withered Apples 1950c Jan 1953 July 1954  
6. 3   GATHER YOURSELVES TOGETHER 1951 May 1952 1994  
7   4 Roog <Oct 1951   Feb 1953 Accepted at F & SF on Nov 15, 1951
8   5 Beyond Lies The Wub <Dec 1951   July 1952  
9   6 The Little Movement Feb 1952 <> Mar 1952   Nov 1952 Accepted at F & SF Feb 15, 1952
10   7 The Skull <Mar 1952   Sep 1952  
11   8 Project: Earth <Mar 1952   Dec 1953  
12   9 Expendable <Mar 1952   July 1953 Accepted at F & SF Apr 7, 1952
13   10 The Short, Happy Life Of The Brown Oxford Feb 1952       <> Apr1952   Jan 1954 Accepted at F & SF May 7, 1952
14   11 The Preserving Machine Feb 1952      <> May1952   June 1953 Accepted at F & SF May 15, 1952
15   12 The Gun <May 1952   Sep 1952  
16   13 Mr. Spaceship Early 1952   Jan 1953  
17   14 Piper In The Woods <May 1952   Feb 1953  
18   15 The Infinites <May 1952   May 1953  
19   16 The Indefatigable Frog <May 1952   July 1953  
20   17 The Variable Man <May 1952   Sep 1953  

 

Num N S Title Writing Date SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes
21   18 The Crystal Crypt <May 1952   Jan 1954  
22   19 The Defenders <May 1952   Jan 1953  
23 4   VOICES FROM THE STREET < Jun 1952 June 1952 na Lost ms
24   20 The Builder   July 23, 1952 Dec 1953 PKD's first short story sent to the SMLA?
25   21 Meddler   July 24, 1952 Oct 1954  
26   22 Paycheck   July 31, 1952 Jun 1953  
27   23 Out In The Garden   July 31, 1952 Aug 1953  
28   24 The Great C   July 31, 1952 Sep 1953  
29   25 The King of The Elves   Aug 4, 1952 Sep 1953  
30   26 Colony   Aug 11, 1952 Jun 1953  
31   27 Prize Ship   Aug 14, 1952 Winter 1954  
32   28 Nanny   Aug 26, 1952 Spring 1955  
33   29 The Cookie Lady   Aug 27, 1952 Jun 1953  
34   30 Beyond The Door   Aug 29, 1952 Jan 1954  
35   31 Second Variety   Oct 3, 1952 May 1953  
36   32 Jon's World   Oct 21, 1952 1954  
37   33 The Cosmic Poachers   Oct 22, 1952 Jul 1953  
38   34 Some Kinds Of Life   Nov 3, 1952 Oct 1953  
39   35 Progeny   Nov 3, 1952 Nov 1954  
40   36 Martians Come In Clouds   Nov 5, 1952 Jun 1953  

 

Number     Title Writing Date SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes
41   37 The Commuter   Nov 19, 1952 Aug 1953  
42   38 The World She Wanted   Nov 24, 1952 May 1953  
43   39 A Surface Raid   Dec 2, 1952 Jul 1955  
44   40 The Trouble With Bubbles   Jan 13, 1953 Sep 1953  
45   41 A Present For Pat   Jan 17, 1953 Jan 1954  
46   42 Breakfast At Twilight   Jan 17, 1953 Jan 1954  
47   43 The Hood Maker   Jan 26, 1953 Jul 1954  
48   44 Human Is   Feb 2, 1953 Winter 1955  
49   45 The Impossible Planet   Feb 11, 1953 Oct 1953  
50   46 Adjustment Team   Feb 11, 1953 Oct 1954  
51   47 Impostor   Feb 24, 1953 Jun 1953  
52   48 James P. Crow   Mar 17, 1953 May 1954  
53   49 Planet For Transients   Mar 23, 1953 Oct 1953  
54   50 Small Town   Mar 23, 1953 May 1954  
55   51 Souvenir   Mar 26, 1953 Oct 1954  
56   52 Survey Team   Apr 3, 1953 May 1954  
57   53 Vulcan's Hammer   Apr 16, 1953 1956  
58   54 Prominent Author   Apr 20, 1953 May 1954  
59   55 Fair Game   Apr 21, 1953 Sep 1959  
60   56 The Hanging Stranger   May 4, 1953 Dec 1953  

 

Num N S Title Writing Date SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes
61   57 The Eyes Have It   May 13, 1953 Late 1953  
62   58 Time Pawn   Jun 5, 1953 Summer 1954  
63   59 The Golden Man   Jun 24, 1953 Apr 1954  
64   60 The Turning Wheel   Jul 8, 1953 1954  
65   61 The Last of The Masters   Jul 15, 1953 Nov 1954  
66   62 The Father-Thing   Jul 21, 1953 Dec 1954  
67   63 Strange Eden   Aug 4, 1953 Dec 1954  
68   64 A Glass of Darkness   Aug 19, 1953 Dec 1956  
69   65 Tony And The Beetles   Aug 31, 1953 Dec 1953 Also as "Retreat From Rigel"
70   66 Null-O   Aug 31, 1953 Dec 1958  
71   67 Explorers We <Sep 1953 May 6, 1958 Jan 1959 See: A Question Of Chronology
72   68 To Serve The Master   Oct 21, 1953 Feb 1956  
73   69 Exhibit Piece   Oct 21, 1953 Aug 1954  
74   70 The Crawlers   Oct 29, 1953 Jul 1954  
75   71 Sales Pitch   Nov 19, 1953 Jan 1954  
76   72 Shell Game   Dec 22, 1953 Sep 1954  
77   73 Upon The Dull Earth   Dec 30, 1953 1954  
78   74 Foster, You're Dead!   Dec 31, 1953 1955  
79   75 Pay For The Printer   Jan 28, 1954 Oct 1956  
80   76 War Veteran   Feb 17, 1954 Mar 1955  
81 5   SOLAR LOTTERY   Mar 23, 1954 May 1955  

 

Num N S Title Writing Date SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes
82 6   WORLD OF CHANCE   Mar 23, 1954 Jun 1956 A UK version of SOLAR LOTTERY
83   77 The Chromium Fence   Apr 19, 1954 Jul 1955  
84   78 Misadjustment   May 14, 1954 Feb 1957  
85   79 A World Of Talent   Jun 4, 1954 Oct 1954  
86   80 Psi-Man, heal My Child!   Jun 8, 1954 Nov 1955  
87   81 Service Call   Oct 11, 1954 Jul 1955  
88   82 Autofac   Oct 11, 1954 Nov 1955  
89   83 Captive Market   Oct 18, 1954 Apr 1955  
90   84 The Mold Of Yancy   Oct 18, 1954 Aug 1955  
91   85 The Minority Report   Dec 22, 1954 Jan 1956  
92 7   THE WORLD JONES MADE   Dec 28, 1954 Mar 1956  
93 8   EYE IN THE SKY   Feb 15, 1955 1957  
94 9   MARY AND THE GIANT 1953<> Jun 1955   Apr 1987  
95   86 War Game   Oct 31, 1958   See: A Question Of Chronology
96   87 Recall Mechanism <Sep 1955 May 2, 1958   See: A Question Of Chronology
97   88 The Unreconstructed M   Jun 2, 1955   See: A Question Of Chronology
98 10   A HANDFUL OF DARKNES (Col.)     Aug 1955  
99 11   THE MAN WHO JAPED   Oct 17, 1955 Dec 1956  
100 12   A TIME FOR GEORGE STAVROS Late 1955 - Early 1956   na Lost ms

 

Num N S Title Writing Date SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes
101 13   PILGRIM ON THE HILL   Nov 8, 1956 na Lost ms
102 14   THE BROKEN BUBBLE   Nov 13, 1956 1988  
103 15   THE COSMIC PUPPETS   May 1, 1957 Oct 1957 Exp. "A Glass Of Darkness"
104 16   PUTTERING ABOUT IN A SMALL LAND   May 15, 1957 Oct 1985  
105 17   THE VARIABLE MAN (Col.)     Jun 1957  
106 18   NICHOLAS AND THE HIGS Late 1957 - Early 1958   na Lost ms
107 19   TIME OUT OF JOINT Jan 1958 Apr 7, 1958    
108 20   IN MILT LUMKY TERRITORY   Oct 8, 1958 Jun 1985  
109 21   DR. FUTURITY   Jul 28, 1959 Feb 1960 Exp. "Time Pawn"
110 22   CONFESSIONS OF A CRAP ARTIST mid-1959   1975  
111 23   THE MAN WHOSE TEETH WERE ALL EXACTLY ALIKE Early 1960   Jun 1984  
112 24   VULCAN'S HAMMER Exp. Mar-Apr 1960   Sep 1960 Exp. "Vulcan's Hammer"
113 25   HUMPTY DUMPTY IN OAKLAND   Oct 1960 Oct 1986  
114 26   THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Fall 1961 Nov 1961 Oct 1962  
115 27   WE CAN BUILD YOU   Oct 4, 1962 Jul 1972  
116   89 All We Marsmen   Oct 31, 1962   Serialization of MARTIAN TIME-SLIP
117 28   MARTIAN TIME-SLIP   Oct 31, 1962 Apr 1964  
118 29   DR. BLOODMONEY   Feb 11, 1963 Jun 1965  
119   90 If There Were No Benny Cemoli   Feb 27, 1963 Dec 1963  
120   91 Novelty Act   Mar 23, 1963 Feb 1964  

 

Num N S Title Writing Date--------- SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes
121   92 Waterspider   Apr 10, 1963 Jan 1964  
122   93 What The Dead Men Say   Apr 15, 1963 Jun 1964  
123   94 Orpheus With Clay Feet   Apr 16, 1963 1964  
124   95 Stand-By   Apr 18, 1963 Oct 1963  
125   96 The Days Of Perky Pat   Apr 18, 1963 Dec 1963  
126   97 What'll We Do With Ragland Park?   Apr 29, 1963 Nov 1963  
127   98 Oh To Be A Blobel!   May 6, 1963 Feb 1964  
128   99 The Little Black Box   May 6, 1963 Aug 1964  
129   100 The War With The Fnools     Spring 1964  
130 30   THE GAME-PLAYERS OF TITAN   Jun 4, 1963 Dec 1963  
131 31   THE SIMULACRA Mar 1963 <> Aug 1963 Aug 28, 1963 Aug 1964  
132   101 Cantata 140   Sep 9, 1963 Jul 1964 Accepted at F&SF on Jan 13, 1964
133 32   NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR   Dec 4, 1963 May 1966  
134 33   THE ZAP GUN Oct-Dec 1963 Dec 5, 1963 1967  
135   102 Precious Artifact   Dec 9, 1963 Oct 1964  
136   103 A Game of Unchance   Dec 9, 1963 Jul 1964  
137   104 Retreat Syndrome   Dec 23, 1963 Jan 1965  
138 34   CLANS OF THE ALPHANE MOON Dec 1963 - Jan 1964 Jan 16, 1964 Nov 1964  
139 35   THE CRACK IN SPACE Sep 1963 - Mar 1964 Mar 17, 1964 Feb 1966  
140 36   THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH Early 1964 Mar 18, 1964 Nov 1964  

 

Num N S Title Writing Date--------- SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes
141 37   THE PENULTIMATE TRUTH Mar 1964 - May 1964 May 12, 1964 Sep 1964  
142   105 The Unteleported Man Mid 1964 Aug 26, 1964 Dec 1964  
143 38   THE UNTELEPORTED MAN Exp. Nov 1964 - Mar 1965   Nov 1966 Exp. of "The Unteleported Man"
144   106 Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday   Aug 27, 1965 Aug 1966  
145   107 We Can Remember It For You Wholesale   Sep 13, 1965 Apr 1966  
146   108 Holy Quarrel   Sep 13, 1965 May 1966  
147   109 Not By Its Cover   Sep 21, 1965 Summer 1968  
148   110 Return Match   Oct 14, 1965 Feb 1967  
149 39   COUNTERCLOCK WORLD 1965 - 1966   Feb 1967  
150 40   THE GANYMEDE TAKEOVER 1964 - 1966   Jun 1967 idea in 1964
151   111 Faith Of Our Fathers   Jan 17, 1966 1967  
152 41   DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?   Jun 20, 1966 Mar 1968  
153 42   UBIK   Dec 7, 1966    
154 43   NICK AND THE GLIMMUNG   Dec 7, 1966 Jun 1988  
155 44   GALACTIC POT-HEALER Nov 1967 <> Feb 1968   Jun 1969  
156 45   THE PRESERVING MACHINE (Col.)     Apr 1969 Collection began in 1965
157   112 The Story To End All Stories For Harlan Ellison's DANGEROUS VISIONS Fall 1968   Fall 1968 in Niekas #20
158 46   A MAZE OF DEATH Mid-1968 Oct 1968 Jul 1970  
159 47   OUR FRIENDS FROM FROLIX 8 Oct 1968 <> Jun 1969 Outline Nov 6, 1968 Jun 1970  
160   113 The Electric Ant Nov 1968 Jan 4, 1969 Oct 1969 accepted at F&SF Dec 4, 1968

 

Num N S Title Writing Date--------- SMLA Date Pub. Date Notes
161 48   FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID May 1970 <> Jan 1973 Feb 7, 1973 1974  
162   114 Cadbury, The Beaver That lacked 1970 Dec 1971? 1987  
163 49   A SCANNER DARKLY 1972- 1976   Jan 1977 Began in 1972
164   115 A Little Something For Us Tempunauts Dec 1972? Feb 13, 1973 1974  
165 50   THE BOOK OF PHILIP K. DICK     Feb 1973 Collection
166   116 The Pre-Persons   Dec 20, 1973? Oct 1974  
167 51   UBIK: The Screenplay Sep - Oct 1974   1985  
168   117 The Eye Of The Sibyl   May 15, 1975 Mar 1987  
169 52   DEUS IRAE 1964 - 1976   Jul 1976 Began in 1964
170 53   RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH 1976 Aug 19, 1976 Dec 1985  
171 54   THE BEST OF PHILIP K. DICK     Mar 1977 Collection
172   118 The Day Mr. Computer Fell Out Of its Tree Summer 1977   1987  
173 55   VALIS Oct - Nov 1978 Nov 29, 1978 Feb 1981  
174   119 The Exit Door Leads In Jun 1979 Jun 21, 1979 Fall 1979  
175   120 Chains Of Air, Web Of Aethyr   Jul 9, 1979 1980  
176   121 Strange Memories Of Death Late 1979 Mar 27, 1980 1984  
177 56   THE DIVINE INVASION Mar 1980   Jun 1981  
178   122 I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon 1979 - 1980 Apr 24, 1980 Dec 1980  
179 57   THE GOLDEN MAN     Feb 1980 Collection
180   123 Rautavaara's Case   May 13, 1980 Oct 1980  
181   124 Fawn, Look Back Aug 1980   Aug 1987 outline
182   125 The Alien Mind Early 1981   Feb 1981  
183 58   THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER Apr - May 1981 May 13, 1981 Apr 1982  
184 59   THE OWL IN DAYLIGHT Outline 1981   na outline only and interview notes

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