Philip Kindred Dick (1928 – 1982)
Philip Kindred Dick was an American writer, mostly known for his works of
In addition to his dozens of published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121
short stories, many of which appeared in science fiction magazines. Dick's
stories have been adapted into popular films such as Blade Runner, Total Recall,
A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Imposter and others. They typically focus on
the fragile nature of what is "real" and the construction of personal identity.
His stories often become surreal fantasies as the main characters slowly
discover that their everyday world is actually an illusion constructed by
powerful external entities (such as in Ubik), vast political conspiracies, or
simply from the vicissitudes of an unreliable narrator.
Philip K. Dick died in Santa Ana, California, on March 2, 1982. He had suffered
a stroke five days earlier, and was disconnected from life support after his EEG
had been consistently isoelectric since losing consciousness.