A Scanner Darkly

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781473206717
Release Date: 2014-08-28
Genre: Fiction

A brilliant sci-fi novel from one of the last century's most influential pop culture figures Substance D - otherwise known as Death - is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way on to the black market. It destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres, leading first to disorentation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user and soon, without knowing what is happening to him, he is as dependent as any of the addicts he is monitoring.

Die drei Stigmata des Palmer Eldritch

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104027265
Release Date: 2014-06-26
Genre: Fiction

In ›Die drei Stigmata des Palmer Eldritch‹ (1965) entwirft Philip K. Dick eine Welt, in der die Menschen jeden Planeten des Sonnensystems kolonialisiert haben, weil die Erde durch die Klimaerwärmung unbewohnbar geworden ist. Aber das außerirdische Leben ist hart, und so ergibt man sich halluzinatorischen Drogen, mit denen man in jede denkbare virtuelle Welt ausweichen kann. Über allem thront ein Drogentycoon mit gottgleicher Macht. Zum ersten Mal in seinem Werk gibt Dick religiösen Spekulationen nach: Die Zukunft wird gnostisch und das Böse ein Attribut Gottes.

Philip K Dick

Author: Christopher Palmer
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 0853236283
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

Once solely the possession of fans and buffs, the SF author Philip K Dick is now finding a much wider audience, as the success of the films Blade Runner and Minority Report shows. The kind of world he predicted in his funny and frightening novels and stories is coming closer to most of us: shifting realities, unstable relations, uncertain moralities. Philip K. Dick: Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern examines a wide range of Dick's work, including his short stories and posthumously published realist novels. Christopher Palmer analyzes the puzzling and dazzling effects of Dick's fiction, and argues that at its heart is a clash between exhilarating possibilities of transformation, and a frightening lack of ethical certainties. Dick's work is seen as the inscription of his own historical predicament, the clash between humanism and postmodernism being played out in the complex forms of the fiction. The problem is never resolved, but Dick's ways of imagining it become steadily more ingenious and challenging.

Eine andere Welt

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104027326
Release Date: 2015-03-26
Genre: Fiction

Die große Philip K. Dick-Reihe bei Fischer Klassik Jason Taverner: als beliebter Fernsehmoderator und Sänger gehört ihm die Welt. So denkt er, bis er in einem schäbigen Hotelzimmer aufwacht und unter Menschen kommt, die ihn nicht erkennen, in einer Welt, in der die Macht skrupellos ihre Bürger jagt. In dem Überwachungsstaat ist er ein gesichtsloser Niemand und die perfekte Beute. Mit großem Geschick erforscht Dick in seiner Dystopie die psychologischen Auswirkungen seines Orwellschen Albtraums. Nie hat Philip K. Dick seine Kritik an den zeitgenössischen USA schonungsloser dargelegt. Eine Provokation mit Nachhall.

Das Schicksal der Zwerge

Author: Markus Heitz
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 9783492950039
Release Date: 2009-10-14
Genre: Fiction

Das Warten auf den neuen »Zwerge«-Bestseller ist vorüber: Viele Zyklen sind vergangen, seit der tapfere Zwerg Tungdil Goldhand in der Schwarzen Schlucht verschwand. Das Geborgene Land treibt unaufhaltsam dem Untergang entgegen. Drachen, Magier und die grausamen Albae haben das Reich unter sich aufgeteilt. Die Zwergenstämme wurden in die finsteren Stollen zurückgedrängt oder fast völlig vernichtet. Dann kehrt ein Zwergenkrieger in einer schwarzen Rüstung zurück, der sich Tungdil nennt. Für seinen treuesten Freund Ingrimmsch und seine Gefährten bedeutet das neue Hoffnung. Doch bald mehren sich Zweifel – ist es wirklich Tungdil, oder führt der Zwerg etwas ganz anderes im Schilde? Es geht um die Zukunft des Geborgenen Landes – und um das Schicksal aller Zwerge.

Nach der Bombe

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104027302
Release Date: 2016-04-27
Genre: Fiction

Die Welt nach dem Atomkrieg: Auf dem Höhepunkt des Kalten Krieges entwirft Philip K. Dick in seinem 1965 entstandenen Roman das Bild einer zerstörten Gesellschaft, in der die Überlebenden darum kämpfen, Menschlichkeit und Normalität wiederzuerlangen. ›Nach der Bombe‹ bietet auch 50 Jahre nach seinem Erscheinen hellsichtige Antworten auf die immer wieder aktuelle Frage »Was wäre wenn ...«. »Es sind Dicks innere Widersprüche, die seine Genialität ausmachen, und diese Neigung zu Paradoxien durchzieht den gesamten Roman.« Aus dem Nachwort von Jonathan Lethem

Philip K Dick and Philosophy

Author: D. E. Wittkower
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 9780812697391
Release Date: 2011-10-17
Genre: Philosophy

Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) is the giant imagination behind so much recent popular culture—both movies directly based on his writings, such as Blade Runner (based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites such as A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his powerful influence, such as The Matrix and Inception. With the publication in 2011 of volume 1 of Exegesis, his journal of spiritual visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is fast becoming a major influence in the world of popular spirituality and occult thinking. In Philip K. Dick and Philosophy thirty Dick fans and professional thinkers confront the fascinating and frightening ideas raised by Dick’s mind-blowing fantasies. Is there an alien world behind the everyday reality we experience? If androids can pass as human, should they be given the same consideration as humans? Do psychotics have insights into a mystical reality? Would knowledge of the future free us or enslave us? This volume will also include Dick's short story "Adjustment Team," on which The Adjustment Bureau is based. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy explores the ideas of Philip K. Dick in the same way that he did: with an earnest desire to understand the truth of the world, but without falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick’s work was replete with whimsical and absurdist presentations of the greatest challenges to reason and to humanity—paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure—and even at his darkest times he was able to keep some perspective and humor, as for example in choosing to name himself ‘Horselover Fat’ in VALIS at the same time as he relates his personal religious epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With the same earnest whimsy, we approach Philip K. Dick as a philosopher like ourselves—one who wrote almost entirely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, but who engaged with many of the greatest questions of philosophy throughout the Euro-American tradition. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy has much to offer for both serious fans and those who have recently learned his name, and realized that his work has been the inspiration for several well-known and thought-provoking films. Most chapters start with one or more of the movies based on Dick’s writing. From here, the authors delve deeper into the issues by bringing in philosophers' perspectives and by bringing in Dick’s written work. The book invites the reader with a casual familiarity with Dick to get to know his work, and invites the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to learn more. New perspectives and challenging connections and interpretations for even the most hard-core Dick fans are also offered. To maximize public interest, the book prominently addresses the most widely-known films, as well as those with the most significant fan followings: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Along with these “big five” films, a few chapters address his last novels, especially VALIS, which have a significant cult following of their own. There are also chapters which address short stories and novels which are currently planned for adaptation: Radio Free Albemuth (film completed, awaiting distribution), The Man in the High Castle (in development by Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and “King of the Elves” (Disney, planned for release in 2012).

Warner Independent Films

Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
ISBN: 1155593588
Release Date: 2010-05
Genre:

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (films not included). Pages: 39. Chapters: Slumdog Millionaire, A Scanner Darkly, The Painted Veil, March of the Penguins, Before Sunset, Paradise Now, Good Night, and Good Luck, Infamous, In the Valley of Elah, A Home at the End of the World, The Science of Sleep, The Promise, Everything Is Illuminated, For Your Consideration, A Very Long Engagement, The Jacket, The Dish, Chaos Theory, Suburban Girl, Eros, Temporada de patos, Warner Independent Pictures, Criminal, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, Mama's Boy, We Don't Live Here Anymore, Around the Bend. Excerpt: Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British romantic drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in India, the film tells the story of Jamal Malik, a young man from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati in the Hindi version) and exceeds people's expectations, thereby arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials. After its world premiere at Telluride Film Festival and later screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival, Slumdog Millionaire had a nationwide grand release in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2009 and in the United States on 12 November 2008. It premiered in Mumbai on 22 January 2009. Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film of 2008, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won seven BAFTA Awards (including Best Film), five Critics' Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes. The film was dubbed in Hindi for Indian release as Slumdog Crorepati and also i...

Vintage PKD

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307430045
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Fiction

A master of science fiction, a voice of the changing counterculture, and a genuine visionary, Philip K. Dick wrote about reality, entropy, deception, and the plight of being alive in the modern world. Through his remarkable career Dick has established himself as a writer of the first order and his dreams of the future have proven to be eerily prophetic and even more prescient than when he wrote them. Vintage PKD features extracts from The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Ubik, A Scanner Darkly, VALIS, and stories including “The Days of Perky Pat,” “A Little Something for Us Tempunauts," and “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” along with essays and letters currently unavailable in book form. Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the great modern writers, presented in attractive, affordable paperback editions. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Philip K Dick

Author: Lejla Kucukalic
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135896652
Release Date: 2010-12-22
Genre: Fiction

Kucukalic looks beyond the received criticism and stereotypes attached to Philip K. Dick and his work and shows, using a wealth of primary documents including previously unpublished letters and interviews, that Philip K. Dick is a serious and relevant philosophical and cultural thinker whose writing offer us important insights into contemporary digital culture. Evaluating five novels that span Dick's career--from Martian Time Slip (1964) to Valis (1981)--Kucukalic explores the the intersections of identity, narrative, and technology in order to ask two central, but uncharted "Dickian" questions: What is reality? and What is human?

Future Imperfect

Author: Jason P. Vest
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803218605
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Literary Criticism

Examines the first eight cinematic adaptations of Dick's fiction in light of their literary sources.

The Search for Philip K Dick

Author: Anne R Dick
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
ISBN: 9781616960377
Release Date: 2010-09-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Offering an intimate perspective on the life of an important, prolific author, this revealing biography uncovers the inner workings of a cult figure through his tumultuous relationship with his third wife. Brilliant and charismatic, Philip K. Dick was known as a loyal friend, father, and husband, as well as a talented science fiction writer. His six-year marriage to the woman he described as “the love of his life” and his intellectual equal was full of passion—the meeting of soul mates. But behind the façade of an untroubled life was a man struggling with his demons, unable to trust anyone, and reliant upon his charm to navigate his increasingly dark reality and descent into drugs and madness. Exposing personal details of their married life as well as the ways he continued to haunt her even after their relationship collapsed, Anne Dick provides thorough research combined with personal memories of this mysterious man.