Hello weekend and hello readers!
The weather is starting to turn and with the falling of leaves brings cooler weather, hot soups, football games, and lazier times. For me that means I’ll be book in hand more often than not.
What will you be reading this fall-like day? Do let me know because I am always looking for something for the next weekend.
I’ll tell you what I am reading. As a kid I was enamoured with the movies Total Recall, Blade Runner and then later in life Minority Report. I never thought to ponder whether these were screenplay’s or books made into movies. A few weeks ago I stumbled onto the Author Philip K. Dick and I came to the self-realization that not only did he pin these movies but he has hundreds of more. Science fiction, action-packed, short stories to feed your imaginative void!! So that is what I will be reading. Check Philip K Dick out!
I’ll leave you with his bio and these words: stay safe and enjoy the getaway from reality!
Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and philosopher whose published works mainly belong to the genre of science fiction. Dick explored philosophical, sociological, political, and metaphysical themes in novels dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. In his later works, Dick’s thematic focus strongly reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology. He often drew upon his life experiences in addressing the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences in novels such as A Scanner Darkly and VALIS. Later in life, he wrote non-fiction on philosophy, theology, the nature of reality, and science. This material was published posthumously as The Exegesis.
The novel The Man in the High Castle bridged the genres of alternate history and science fiction, earning Dick a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1963. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, a novel about a celebrity who awakens one day to find that he is unknown, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel in 1975. “I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards,” Dick wrote of these stories. “In my writing I even question the universe; I wonder out loud if it is real, and I wonder out loud if all of us are real.”
In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, eleven popular films based on his works have been produced, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, The Adjustment Bureau and Impostor. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.