What Kafka was to the first half of the twentieth century, Philip K Dick is to the second half.Art Spiegelman, author of MAUS Philip K 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 This unprecedented collection of Dicks literary and philosophical writings acquaints us with the astonishing range and eloquence of his lifelong inquiry The Shifting Realities of Philip K Dick includes autobiography, critiques of science fiction, and dizzyingly provocative essays such as The Android and the Human and If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others Readers will also find two chapters of a proposed sequel to Dicks award winning novel The Man in the High Castle and selections from the metaphysical Exegesis that inspired his classic VALIS Witty, erudite, and exploding with intellectual shrapnel, this is the last testament of an American original This collection confirms Dicks reputation as one of the foremost imaginative thinkers of the twentieth century A wide ranging selection of free wheeling philosophical essays, and journal entries humorous, thoughtful speeches and plot scenarios For both casual and serious Dick fans, The Shifting Realities unearths some gems.Boston Phoenix...
|Title||:||The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings|
|Publisher||:||Vintage Auflage Vintage Books 30 Januar 1996|
|Number of Pages||:||384 Seiten|
|File Size||:||998 KB|
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The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings Reviews
There is a place in this collection of essays where Dick says "What helps for me-- if help comes at all-- is to find the mustard seed of the funny at the core of the horrible and futile." That sentence in particular carries the feeling that drew me so deeply into Dick's subject matter whatever he happened to be writing about. When he discusses the death of a dear friend by cancer and announces that he believe the spirit of that friend came to inhabit his cat it is-- on the one hand-- funny. It is also-- on the other hand-- clearly what he truly believes; so it's like so much of what Dick writes-- strange and moving and humorous and lightened with that quality of perceived truth that so few writers manage to convey. This volume of essays covers everything from biography to notes about the conversion of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" to "Blade Runner" to possible sequels to his novels to musings about the gnostic revalations and how they relate to Dick's idea of the universe. One of the most thought-provoking books that I've ever read. My one caveat (warning) being that this is perhaps not the best introduction to Dick and I suggest reading at least one or two of his novels (ideally the Divine Invasion books) before attempting these waters.
This book is full of info about PKD, and Sutin is probably the best person in the world to write about the man, because at once he knows so much about the man without actually ever knowing him while he was alive (I don't think). In this way, the biography does not degenerate into nostalgic, anecdotal material, in the way that "Only Apparently Real" does. Sutin is a formidable biographer, and his three books on PKD (this, In Pursuit of Valis, The Shifting Realities of PKD) mean that he is the best supplement to the primary texts themselves. This book is a biography, not of the books, but of the man himself, and if that is what you are interested then this is an essential book.
I really like Philip K. Dick's writing, and seeing this (which includes some of his letters, arguments, and speeches) was a real "behind the scenes" treat that I greatly appreciated. I'm giving it "only" four stars, though, because, as interesting as it was to read, by its very nature the book is fragmented and nonsequitous. Sometimes reading the next chapter felt a bit like a chore (which is something I've never experienced with anything from PKD before). Also, this includes a summary of PKD's cosmology (his "universe view") which is similarly mostly fascinating and slightly unnerving (and not unnerving in the sense of someone using a cool literary device to deliver tension, but more in the way of someone repeatedly providing ten very fascinating sentences of philosophy lightly seasoned with one sentence of apparent schizophrenia).I think this is great reading for anyone interested in PKD as a person and not just as a source of amazing SF. Also, if anyone hopes to emulate his writing, this book will provide invaluable insight as to where his unique concepts of identity, sentience, and morality originated.Seems that PKD wasn't just a genius SF author, but was also a real human who slugged his way through complex situations not always aware (while doing so) of the most elegant solutions to his dilemmas. I now have a much greater appreciation of his depth as a person and the role that must have played in the construction of his amazing fiction.
Anyone who reads PKD's works sees certain themes & ideas reiterated, reflecting quite a complex mind that one senses must bepowered by strong (& sometimes conflicting) philosophies, on any number of levels. I am very enthusiastic about "ShiftingRealities" for this very reason. His friends, his supporters, his detractors, his publishers/editors, & of course the author himself,all add their voices to this book about a man who, very likely suffering from mental instability, was at the same time a brilliantwriter (only recently has he been considered one of the great American writers of the 20th c., not just in sci-fi, but in Americanletters overall). I found this book agonizing in places, where PKD struggles with the physical world (publishers, reception of hiswork, making enough money to live) & where he struggles with inner conflicts (in some ways the far greater struggle). As sooften happens, recognition came late (just weeks before "Blade Runner" premiered in theatres).I have a friend who is also a great fan of PKD, & he nearly tore the book from my hands when I offered it to him! Philip K. Dick isa man whose life & thought make unsettling, yet very worthwhile contemplation.
Read an article recently about scientists here in San Diego splicing human DNA into the brain's of mice to give them human attributes and I immediately thought of PKD. PROPHET! Watch out tho'-once you get in its hard to get back out.
Inedit writings of PKD, very interesting to SF fans as they are aboute writing SF. There are two chapters of a non ended sequel to The Man in the High Castle.
A broad and useful resource for members of the Philip K Dick Sliding Scale Between Appreciation And Obsession Society. The selections are essential - alls that stuffs bringing alang transferred ever. His lazy blaze harangues listeners, he mostly attributes it to vitamins.