Philip K Dick

Though he spent most of his career being largely ignored by mainstream audiences, science fiction author Philip K. Dick became highly revered by larger literary circles following his untimely death in 1982, while also ... Read more »
Born: 12/16/1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (11)

Radio Free Albemuth 2014 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

The Adjustment Bureau 2011 (Movie)

(from short story: "Adjustment Team") (Source Material)

Next 2007 (Movie)

(from short story: "The Golden Man") (Source Material)

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

Novel as Source Material (Source Material (from novel))

Paycheck 2003 (Movie)

Short Story as Source Material (Source Material)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

from short story("The Imposter") (From Story)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

From Short Story (From Story)

Screamers 1996 (Movie)

from short story("The Second Variety") (From Story)

Barjo 1993 (Movie)

("Confessions of a Crap Artist") (Source Material (from novel))

Total Recall 1990 (Movie)

from original short story("I Can Remember It For You Wholesale") (From Story)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

("Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?") (Source Material (from novel))

Biography

Though he spent most of his career being largely ignored by mainstream audiences, science fiction author Philip K. Dick became highly revered by larger literary circles following his untimely death in 1982, while also garnering the interest of Hollywood. Despite his desire to become an esteemed literary author, Dick relegated himself to the realm of science fiction, where he earned respect from colleagues and fans, which more often than not failed to generate sufficient income. In fact, while he wrote over 40 novels and 120 short stories, Dick spent a great deal of his life bordering on poverty, while dealing with a serious addiction to barbiturates that played a role in ending five marriages. After publishing numerous short stories and his first novels, he made his first impression with the noteworthy Time Out of Joint (1959), which fully realized consistent Dickian themes of misplaced identity and the questioning of reality. But it was his Hugo Award-winning speculative novel The Man in the High Castle (1962) that put him on the sci-fi map. Toward the end of the decade, Dick wrote Ubik (1969), which some considered his best, while moving into the next decade with Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974), A Scanner Darkly (1977) and the VALIS Trilogy (1981-82). Dick finally saw the larger world take interest in his work when director Ridley Scott adapted Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) into the cult favorite feature, "Blade Runner" (1982). But the film was the only one made during Dick's own life, which ended on March 2, 1982. In later years, Hollywood suddenly sparked to his works, adapting his short stories with varying degrees of success. While "Total Recall" (1990) and "Minority Report" (2002) were huge box office hits with major stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise starring respectively, other projects like "Imposter" (2002), "A Scanner Darkly" (2006) and "Next" (2007) were largely dismissed by critics and audiences. Regardless of his posthumous entry into mainstream acceptance, there was no doubt that Dick remained one of the largest and most unique literary voices of the 20th century.

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