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* #20 in the Gollancz SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written * 'Explores the implications of drug-taking with an almost hallucinated vehemence' -- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction * 'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac' -- Sunday Times
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.
The great science fiction writer Philip K. Dick died in 1982, but his fame continues to grow-especially through films based on his work, like Terminator and Blade Runner. This dark but devilishly entertaining audio-read by the terrific Giamatti (American Splendor, Sideways)-offers Dick fans the complete book just in time to compare it to Richard Linklater's movie adaptation starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder. Giamatti is an inspired choice, managing to capture both the touching charm and the irritating obsessiveness of Dick's leading characters in a slightly futuristic version of Los Angeles: a drug addict named Bob and a narcotics cop called Fred-who might just be the same person, especially since they're both addicted to a drug called Substance D, which gradually splits the user's brain into two warring entities. Dick's book is not for the squeamish or those offended by strong language, but he and Giamatti make the degradation and despair of addiction poignant and often hilarious. Simultaneous release with the Vintage paperback movie tie-in. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
It's a book. It's a movie. Actually, it's a graphic novel, based on a Dick favorite, that tells the story through stills from the forthcoming film directed by Richard Linklater. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first * Terry Gilliam * My literary hero * Fay Weldon * One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac * Sunday Times *