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Philip K. Dick fans

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Posted : 5 years, 3 months ago at Jul 26 23:32 -
Any Philip K. Dick fans here? I've made a list of his collected works here: http://www.listal.com/list/philip-k-dick

Any authors that you would recommend to another Philip K. Dick fan?
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Posted : 5 years, 2 months ago at Jul 29 7:12 -
Could you perhaps set a harder task?

What you make it by Michael Marshall Smith, a good collection of short stories, but nothing too thought provoking. Its one of the few books of fiction I own!

The best suggestion has to be non-fiction (sorry) and I'd recommend Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson. It is a guide book of "how to get from here to there", an amalgam of Timothy Leary's 8-circuit model of consciousness, Gurdjieff's self-observation exercises, Alfred Korzybski's general semantics, Aleister Crowley's magical theorems, Sociobiology, Yoga, Christian Science, relativity, and quantum mechanics amongst other approaches to understanding the world around us. It sounds dull but isn't. It claims to be a short book (nearly 300 pages) about how the human mind works and how to get the most use from one, but its actually a very enjoyable, entertaining and thought provoking read.

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Posted : 5 years, 2 months ago at Jul 29 16:55 -
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Posted : 5 years, 2 months ago at Jul 29 16:56 -
Do you think that is really great? @Nonfictionguy?????
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Posted : 5 years, 2 months ago at Jul 29 21:39 -
I think Philip K. Dick had some very good ideas, well ahead of his time. There isn't anyone out there now doing anything so advanced in fiction that I'm aware of, but I'm not great on fiction, hence the non-fiction recommendation.
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Posted : 5 years, 2 months ago at Aug 17 15:12 -
Yep, I like Philip K Dick (favourite: The Man in the High Castle), and would also recommend Robert A Heinlein.
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Posted : 4 years, 6 months ago at Apr 26 21:31 -
Okay. First I'd start by tracking down all the known biographies on Phillip K. Dick. Must be half a dozen out there by now.

Anyone wishing to recreate their "Blade Runner" experience should start by reading "Doctor Adder" by K.W. Jeter. Then move on to what I'm calling the William Gibson Cyberpunk Quartet.

1) Neuromancer
2) Count Zero
3) Mona Lisa Overdrive
4) Burning Chrome (short story anthology)

Of course, the movie "Blade Runner" has very little to do with the book it was based on ("Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"). So much so that I can see the book redone as an extended "Streets of San Francisco" episode. Would be nice if Quentin Tarantino could do this thing.

Other authors that Phillip K. Dick fans might consider?

William S. Burroughs
Franz Kafka
H.P. Lovecraft
Thomas M. Disch
Roald Dahl
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Posted : 4 years ago at Sep 27 7:15 -
I second Darth Droll's suggestions, and would also add John Brunner to the list. Two of his books have "stayed" with me over the years in the same way that P.K. Dick's have.
"Stand on Zanzibar" and "Shockwave rider".
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Posted : 4 years ago at Oct 18 17:40 -
"The Golden Man" was good, Nic Cage killed the movie based on it though.. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" was a fantastic book, and I feel the movie did it no justice. "I Am Legend" was a great read too, the movie was very different but just as good. It seems Philip K Dick has become one of my fav authors, but I dont know any suggestions, though I would love some.
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Posted : 3 years, 6 months ago at Apr 4 6:47 -
My favorite Dick novel is The Cosmic Puppets. I also really love Deus Irae, co-written with Roger Zelazny.
A couple other authors I would recommend would be Cordwainer Smith and Ray Bradbury. And if you haven't already read H.P. Lovecraft, you might enjoy his stories, too. His biggest works are At The Mountains of Madness and The Call of Cthulhu, but if you would like to read something that's halfway between horror and sci-fi, you should read The Colour Out of Space. Freaked me the hell out.