Philip K. Dick

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  • Andrew M Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University College)

Philip K. Dick was a science fiction writer active between 1951 and his death in 1982, best known for the novels The Man in the High Castle (1962) and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968), the latter being the inspiration for the film Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982). His works explored the themes of defining the real and the human, often straying into political and theological areas. He started publishing at a point where science fiction had became more interested in politics and social issues, especially in the works of Theodore Sturgeon, C.M. Kornbluth, Fredrik Pohl, Alfred Bester and Robert Sheckley. His career spanned the height and collapse of the pulp magazine market in the 1950s, the rise of the …

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Butler, Andrew M. "Philip K. Dick". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 November 2010
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

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  1. Speculative and Science Fiction