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Philip K. Dick. - 14/2/2008 8:03:17 PM   
Olaf


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Having read "Androids...", "Scanner...", etc., can anyone recommend some books that weren't  adapted for films? Cheers 

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 14/2/2008 8:30:32 PM   
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the penultimate truth
we can build you
the man in the high castle
flow my tears the policeman said
now wait for last year
time out of joint
the game players of titan

they should keep you going for a while and you will start to see overlapping in the stories.


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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 14/2/2008 8:34:56 PM   
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Cool stuff, many thanks 

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 14/2/2008 8:42:35 PM   
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your welcome

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 14/2/2008 10:07:29 PM   
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Try Ubix, possibly my favourite work of Dick's. Bizarre, yet brilliant.

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 14/2/2008 11:35:28 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: naomi

the penultimate truth
we can build you
the man in the high castle
flow my tears the policeman said
now wait for last year
time out of joint
the game players of titan

they should keep you going for a while and you will start to see overlapping in the stories.



Just finished reading that today! First half, I was seriously creeped out -- tapped into so many fears of mine!! Made me VERY paranoid.
End was a bit too neatly wrapped up for me -- which is why I love Do Androids...because things just get more complex the longer you read.

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 15/2/2008 5:58:41 PM   
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Valis.
Its a ruthless self analysis of Philip K.Dick. The main character 'Horselover Fat' struggles with Dual Personalities, drug abuse, mental instability and a God called Zebra.
Its basically a story using moments from Dick's own life - a personnel memoir or deeply twisted self analysis of his own character. Its a difficult read, but highly recommmended if your a fan of his work.

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 21/2/2008 12:25:42 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: naomi

the penultimate truth
we can build you
the man in the high castle
flow my tears the policeman said
now wait for last year
time out of joint
the game players of titan

they should keep you going for a while and you will start to see overlapping in the stories.


 
The Man in the High Castle was the first Philip K. Dick I read, and I'd seriously recommend it to anyone interested in his work. I was lucky to pick up the following batch of his books towards the middle of last year :
 
[The list is copied off my booklisting, hence the General Fiction part - 'tis a generic tag that I've yet to go through and correct]
 
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Dr. Bloodmoney.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Eye in the Sky.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Penultimate Truth.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Unteleported Man.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Ganymede Takeover.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Catana - 140.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - A Scanner Darkly.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Turning Wheel & Other Stories.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Golden Man & Other Stories.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Valis.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Lies, Inc.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Preserving Machine.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Simulacra.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Game Players of Titan.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Ubik.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - We Can Rebuild You Wholesale.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Dr. Futurity.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Crack in Space.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Variable Man.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Deus, Irae.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Clans of the Alphane Moon.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Divine Invasion.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Cosmic Puppets.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Man Who Japed.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Vulcans Hammer.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Counter-Clock World.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Essential Philip K. Dick.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Radio Free Albemuth.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - A Handfull of Darkness.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - A Maze of Death.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Zap Gun.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Best of Philip K. Dick.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Time out of Joint.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - The Book of Philip K. Dick.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Our Friends from Frolix 8.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Martian Time-Slip.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Galactic Pot-Healer.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Now Wait for Last Year.
Dick, Philip K - General Fiction - Solar Lottery.

 
If I can remember correctly, they cost me around 5 for the lot, and although I've only read a few of 'em, I'm hoping to (eventually) get through all of 'em at somepoint - the last one I read was Radio Free Albemuth

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 21/2/2008 1:44:05 PM   
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I have to admit that I didn't overly enjoy Man In The High Castle...whilst it's not a bad book I guess I was just expecting something more

Although not sci-fi, I thought Fatherland was a better read of the Axis winning point of view

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 24/2/2008 8:28:06 PM   
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dr bloodmoney, Human Is? Martian Time Slip all deserve a read. I really enjoy his short stories, there are some truly exceptional tales among them, The Variable Man is a must read.

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 20/3/2008 3:49:22 PM   
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After a period of - let's say "laziness" - I finally got around to some of your recommendations..
First up: The Man In The High Castle. A brilliantly written, epic, yet also very personal novel. Possibly the best Dick book I've read yet. Also picked up Valis and Galactic Pot-Healer, both very enjoyable as well.

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 26/3/2008 1:07:35 AM   
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The Man In The High Castle is a great read, and while starting fairly slowly and frustratingly switching to other character threads when you get to a great part with one its still a great book!
Hlro Protagonist...where did you get that deal on all of those books for 5, sounds like the steel of the century!

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 26/3/2008 2:26:23 PM   
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Which is the one about the people who live in underground tanks as they believe an apocolypptic war is raging on the surface?

That ones very good.


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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 31/3/2008 6:08:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: shool

Which is the one about the people who live in underground tanks as they believe an apocolypptic war is raging on the surface?

That ones very good.


 
That would be The Penultimate Truth.
 
I'm a big fan of Philip K. Dick. I have read all his science fiction works and I particularly like: Ubik, Counter Clock World, Flow My Tears The Policeman Said, The Man in the High Castle and Valis.  
 
 

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Philip K Dick - 21/4/2008 10:02:48 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: shool

Which is the one about the people who live in underground tanks as they believe an apocolypptic war is raging on the surface?

That ones very good.



it's alos very similar to The Defenders which is in Human Is? i'm guessing it formed the basis for The Penultimate Truth although I cant be sure.

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 21/4/2008 10:35:09 PM   
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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 21/4/2008 10:46:22 PM   
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Mine had a less innuendo-laden title...

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RE: Philip K. Dick. - 22/4/2008 8:26:03 AM   
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Oddly enough, considering (or maybe because of) how much I love Blade Runner, I was considerably underwhelmed by Do Androids.... Sure, it gave a greater depth to the film, with ideas like the use of animals within the book, but there was so much changed that I didn't really fully get into the book. Maybe I should try a book of a film I'm not quite so passionate (!) about, or one of the above listed that hasn't been adapted. 

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