Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Philip K. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In , he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. Dick died on March 2, , in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke. He attended the University of Michigan where he completed degrees in psychology and English. He also attended Harvard University and completed a law degree. Paul, Minnesota, until retiring in
Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings
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Look Inside. Jan 30, ISBN Dick is to the second half. Dick was both our most brilliant science fiction writer and a visionary philosopher who chose to couch his speculations in fiction. For, as he wrote about androids and virtual reality, schizophrenic prophets and amnesiac gods, Dick was also posing fundamental questions: What is reality? What is sanity? And what is human? The Shifting Realities of Philip K.
A selection of previously unpublished, or obscurely published, autobiographical sketches, SF musings, philosophical essays, speeches, and journal excerpts. Though he was sadly neglected in life, Dick's reputation has grown significantly since his death. Sutin, author of a Dick biography Divine Invasions, , breaks this book into six sections, three of which deal directly with Dick's main preoccupation, science fiction. Heinlein, for instance, went out of his way to assist Dick financially though prolific, Dick was chronically broke , despite the fact that his own political ideology was diametrically opposed to that of his beneficiary. Also appearing are two chapters of a proposed sequel to Dick's successful alternate-world novel in which the Axis powers win WW II, The Man in the High Castle ; it was abandoned, according to Sutin, because he could no longer bear to involve himself with the repugnant Nazi mentality. The third SF section, on plot proposals e. The selected essays and speeches offer insight into the two questions that haunted Dick throughout his career: What is reality?