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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Subject:blog on PKD and Religion
Posted by:t3dy.
Time:9:27 pm.
http://pkdreligion.blogspot.com/
Reality: 2 worlds - create a world.

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Subject:Man in the High Castle adaptation
Posted by:pgmcc.
Time:11:37 pm.
Mood:geeky.
Ridley Scott is producing a 4 hour adaptation of The Man in the High Castle according to reports.

More available here.


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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Subject:RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH
Posted by:tdaschel.
Time:11:23 am.


.. one of the more curious details of this new production is that President Ferris F. Fremont will be played by Scott Wilson, the haunted astronaut from The Ninth Configuration (somebody uploaded the thing to Youtube in 11 or 12 parts. very phildickian with its gumbo of humor, theological concerns, and out an' out Weirdness).
Reality: 2 worlds - create a world.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Posted by:themachinestops.
Time:10:11 am.
Alternate-Universe Sci-Fi Channel Show Asks What Would Happen If Germany Lost War
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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Posted by:kuranes.
Time:4:22 pm.
NO!
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Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Subject:Humpty Dumpty (in Oakland)
Posted by:tdaschel.
Time:9:58 pm.
this is the 7th of PKD "straight" novels i have any familiarity with (we're counting Timothy Archer here, one that usually - on account of chronology - gets umbrellaed differently...). criteria i'm using is ... How did i feel at the end? almost.always a weak PKD novel (Cosmic Puppets, Frolix 8) has *something* going for it 'cause we readers have some interest in the author's Psychology. fine ... and i didn't have for the first hundred pages or so much hope for this one. but in its own way it's as HOPELESS as the horrifying Maze of Death / and much else besides. and as a "topical" "race" novel, this one has far more to offer than either The Crack in Space or Ganymede Takeover). it is - how do the Cosmic Drug Brothers say? - organic.

Al Miller, used car salesman, is one of PKD's most profound, most charply etched Losers ... and that's saying a lot. the Greek wife of the old man who owns - and later sells - his car lot is the voice of the Great Books Series. in the America of that time she is a veritable font of wisdom. the book is straight West Coast Realism and completely fucking insane (inhabits the same dreary, backward falling world of Repo Man). a-and speaking of 80's classics,

Nor was that all. Why had they hired him? Why did they want him? Because he had somce from St. Helena; That was the extent of it. He had nothing else to offer that interested them, no talent or experience; only his rural background.
"Suppose it turns out I lied," he said suddenly. "Suppose I wasn't born in St. Helena; suppose I was actually born in Chicago."
Knight said, "We checked up."
'

...recalls Sam Lowry's first day on the job at Information Retrieval. Sam is aghast when the man at the desk ignores his proferred ID when he enters the building, allowing him to pass on through:

"But I could be anybody."
"No you couldn't, sir."

not interested in posting any "spoilers," but as a West Coast novel this one runs like a less smooth, more paranoid Raymond Chandler and is guaranteed to activate the pleasure-centers of all the French Marxists PKD was always turning into the Feds while zoning on a late-night bowl with a glass of wine (it was California / he didn't consider marijuana a drug).
Reality: 6 worlds - create a world.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Subject:It's Philip K. Dick's Birthday!
Posted by:furtummy.
Time:4:23 am.
How are you going to celebrate?
Reality: 13 worlds - create a world.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Subject:Oho the pot
Posted by:drjon.
Time:7:10 pm.
Oho
Phil Dick's widow Tessa B. Dick is being forced to sell Oho, the little laughing pot (right, linked).

Oho is virtually a relic, mentioned in a number of Phil's books, including VALIS and Deus Irae (and possibly in Galactic Pot Healer as well -- damn, it's my favourite Dick as well, and I can't remember off-hand).

Tessa is in very dire financial straits, her home may be foreclosed and she is walking everywhere as she cannot afford to get her car fixed.

I wish I could afford to buy Oho myself. I've been a "Dickhead" since my boyhood, and would dearly love a memento from one of my most important influences.

However, if you're like me, you may not have the money to buy a genuine Dick relic (and help out Phil's last great love), but maybe you can afford to buy one of Tessa's books? She has two in print: The Dim Reflection of Philip K. Dick, which is a short memoir (and a steal at $6.25) and a novel, Origins, Part One: Thor's Hammer. I'll be picking up one.

She is also working on The Owl in Daylight is Blind, "the owl in daylight as philip k. dick would have written it": here's hoping she has great success with that book.

(Thanks to Total Dick-Head for bringing this to my attention. This entry is reposted from my own journal.)
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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Subject:We all live in high castles.
Posted by:clemsblueruins.
Time:11:38 am.
Hello, longtime PKD fan but just recently discovered this community. I just finished The Man in the High Castle, and am still pretty much in awe of it.

Confused. But great, great book. I look forward to watching this community!
Reality: 1 world - create a world.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Subject:nice little pkd crticism "cliff notes" type site
Posted by:t3dy.
Time:7:19 pm.
Mood:notebook.
http://www.enotes.com/short-story-criticism/dick-philip-k
(apologies if this is old news)
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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Subject:another grave-pissing and my extreme reaction
Posted by:t3dy.
Time:5:57 pm.
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n13/burt01_.html
I found this article interesting but disappointing. Obviously the writer is in control of rhetorical power, and the article is somewhat useful as an introduction to PKD criticism, but I found it to be full of howlers and somewhat poorly informed. I'm not convinced that this critic understands why PKD receives the attention he does ("lifted above" other SF writers), what Kim Stanley Robinson's analysis of PKD's literary worth consisted of, or Dick's life--which obviously can't be understood if one reads only the second-rate novelistic biography by that french guy. Not only is he confused about whether Dick boasted of writing Three Stigmata under LSD (he didn't, Harlan Ellison misreported him on that one), he doesn't appear to have looked very closely at Dick's attitudes to drugs or psychoanalysis. Beyond the grave-pissing, which I thought was peculiarly vicious and unearned (I was especially appalled that the crescendo involved an ad hominem "guilt-by-association" link with Timothy Leary--which in reality was little more than a phone call from Leary and John Lennon), his attacks on the PKD literary style also ring hollow. He is correct to point out that Dick wrote fast and sloppy, but quite dismissively and idiotically rules out many of the principal topics and themes by labeling them "bad prose," or even "boring." He doesn't seem to have much of an idea of Dick is actually doing in these "boring" segments, which he apparently impatiently skimmed since he felt they had already been figured out ahead of time. He has no interest in the decades of scholarly work that has been done on Dick's fiction and religious writings, and does not cite either of the reliable biographies. It's a shame that someone who has gone to the trouble he apparently has in reading and citing a few novels and one or two secondary sources fails so dramatically in findind anything useful to say about the problems in Dick's work. Any honest reader of Dick will readily grant that there are some unpolished moments in the writing, but a sound critical approach to PKD must include an understanding of why so many not-uncritical readers are willing to overlook these arguably minor problems. There are some deeper problems in the presentation of religious and psychological ideas, but this critic is nowhere close to them--perhaps not only because they are out of reach of the average grad student in either subject. I'm getting quite weary of reading all these clumsy attacks on the guy, which if you're keeping track continue falling in the same predictable grooves, with little in the way of original literary review and much of the usual knee-jerk reactions to a spectacular and notorious set of stories (both personal and scientific-fictionalized). 
 
Reality: 6 worlds - create a world.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Subject:A PKD specialist on blogspot
Posted by:exegesisofdoug.
Time:8:20 am.
highly entertaining

http://totaldickhead.blogspot.com/
Reality: 3 worlds - create a world.

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Subject:Any authors/books similar to PKD?
Posted by:_secret_fire_.
Time:5:56 pm.
Mood: curious.
Short question:
I'm sorry if this has been posted, but does are there any authors (or books) similar to Philip K. Dick?

Rant:
So far this year, I've read 24 PKD novels. (My favorites, so far, are Time Out of Joint, Dr. Bloodmoney, Ubik, VALIS, The Cosmic Puppets, The Divine Invasion, Martian Time-Slip.) I want to broaden my horizon, but I can't seem to find an author that's anything like him. What I love about him is the concoction of science fiction and theological (like gnosticism) and philosophical (solipsism or existentialism) themes, topped off with a (seemingly) blurred perception of "reality." I've been on author read-alikes and they leave something to be desired. This page helped a little, but PKD only makes a cameo appearance.

Any recommendations, for author or specific books, would be greatly appreciated!

*edited embarrassing spelling mistakes*
Reality: 17 worlds - create a world.

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Subject:The Crack in Space: PKD's "Obama novel"
Posted by:tdaschel.
Time:11:53 am.
...this is my follow.up, pretty much, to some comments w.r.t. The Simulacra (aka The First Lady of Earth) to the effect that, psychologically, i could see Candidate Hillary being put over th'top by the very persons who'd never admit to voting for her in a million years: White Conservative Males. why? 'cause she embodies some sorta "bad mommy" archetype (Fear & Attraction / a potent mix...). since then, you have Limbaugh, Rupert Murdoch and Richard Mellon Scaife all telling their minions that it's "okay" to support Hillary, either because she's the Dem Warmonger of their dreams or as part of some imagined "Operation Chaos" intended to hurt the Party, hurt Obama.

anyhoo, i finally made my way 'round to Crack in Space / and noted that Lawrence Sutin gave it a "2" on a scale of 10 (Simulacra was given a 7). am i alone in considering this a very solid novel? i'd rate it above Penultimate Truth, Dr Futurity, Man Who Japed, Cosmic Puppets, Ganymede Takeover and Frolix 8 / ... just a conservative estimate - and i know that's not much in th'grand Phildickian scheme of things - but i think it rates an easy SIX.

first, it's a fine an' excellent book for fans - or, better yet, disfans - of the American Electoral Process (think of some of the cynical cinema classics from the 70's). Candidate Jim Briskin is even concerned (see Barack Obama prior to South Carolina) that he won't come off as "black enough," that he'll be seen by non.whites as a pawn of the white establishment. and he's King Rational, ever the cool customer, Spock to Sen. McCain's "Bones" McCoy.

Sutin puts the writing of it in '63 and '64. issues of abortion and overpopulation are taken up (Delany insists that PKD's default worldview is consistently "polite middle-class liberal," but perhaps that was his touchstone of normalcy amid all the well-documented Turbulence...). under the umbrella of Personal Obsession, i was pleased that one of Phil's characters, a private dick name of Cravelli, is enjoying the music of Harry Partch (presaging, perhaps, his 70's interest in tape recorder-as-instrument pioneer Brian Eno). the instruments Partch invented are featured prominently on the decade-plus old lp Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus.

just as i thought UBIK casts a sort of slant shadow over/across Gravity's Rainbow, there's more than a trace of PKD's novel depictions of the Tragedies of Time in Against the Day (not that a Pynchon connexion makes Dick more "respectable" / g-d no / it, rather, points to the fact that Pynchon wasn't afflicted with the sort of ... genre prejudice that's rampant among Anglo-American reviewers ("late modernist middlebrows," largely, in the words of Victoria Nelson...).

in short, a novel well-worth reading. it works, after its own fashion, along lines established in both Lies, Inc. and Vulcan's Hammer, but i found it a more rewarding, multidimensional production throughout.
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Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Subject:2 Questions
Posted by:shaunathan.
Time:1:39 am.
Mood: high.
1) I noticed that Cosmos Books, a division of Wildside Press, is releasing some Philip K. Dick short story compilations later this year. They're titled "The Early Philip K. Dick" or something like that. Does anyone know if these books will consist largely of material that was NOT printed in the Citadel Press editions of years back?

2)Which one of the Citadel Press editions should I read next? I read the one headlining the Minority Report, but which one should be next. I'm kind of leaning towards Eye of the Sybil, but I wonder what this community has to say first.

Thanks!
Reality: 4 worlds - create a world.

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Subject:east bay, ca headsup (used book op)
Posted by:t3dy.
Time:7:06 am.
there's a used bookstore in concord ca, bay books iirc, near Fry's, that just got in a bunch of used pkd paperbacks, low as 3.50, lots of those cool old psychedelic covers. they had a nice RFA hardcover edition too. I picked up 5 but there's more, will be gone soon tho!
Reality: create a world.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Subject:King of Elves...
Posted by:arcturusrann.
Time:7:38 pm.
Mood: excited.

Can someone please tell me what this story is?  I hadn't previously heard of it, as it's among those Dick works that seem more difficult to find (and, I'll admit, I'm not as aware of his short stories as I am his novels).

I'm just thrilled to know, first, that a new movie of a Dick story is in production and, more importantly, that it's being done by a really good company (Pixar).  Even if I have to wait four years, I'll be looking forward to it.

Reality: 2 worlds - create a world.

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Subject:time time time....
Posted by:nasrudra.
Time:7:50 am.
"“Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

- Albert Einstein

"Rovelli senses another temporal breakthrough just around the corner. “Einstein’s 1905 paper came out and suddenly changed people’s thinking about space-time. We’re again in the middle of something like that,” he says. When the dust settles, time—whatever it may be—could turn out to be even stranger and more illusory than even Einstein could imagine."

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/in-no-time/article_view?b_start:int=1&-C=


"Saduq Babuya's works bring together a vast number of the traditions of the Imams, fundamental both for apophatic theology and for the Imamology to which it gives rise. These traditions are sometimes in the form of autonomous treatises which develop within the commentary. The same is true of Qadi Sa'id's study of the esoteric meaning of the five basic religious prescriptions. In the cubic structure of the Temple of the Ka'bah he perceives the structure of the Imamate of the Twelve Imams. The Temple of stone is transfigured into the spiritual Temple of the Imamate, and becomes the secret itself of human life, the qiblah or axis of orientation of a pilgrimage which is identified with the stages of life. Once again, philosophy becomes a 'narrative philosophy', just as Schelling was to wish that it should be. The hadith of the 'Twelve Veils of Light' associates Imamology with cosmogony, as well as with the theosophy of history and metahistory, in its symbolic description of the peregrinations of the Muhammadan Light in the Pleroma, and then of its 'descents' from world to world through seventy thousand Veils until it reaches this world. The twelve Veils of light are the twelve Imams and their twelve respective universes, 'figured' as twelve millennia. These twelve universes are the archetype of the cycle of the walayah which is their inverted image, because it reinvolutes through a process of return and reascent. This is as it were a revival of the ancient Graeco-Iranian theologies of the Aeon. Qadi Sa'id develops a concept of time which is allied to the ontology of the mundus imaginalis and of the subtle body. Each being has a quantum (miqdar)
of its own time, a personal time, which behaves like a piece of wax when it is compressed or else stretched. The quantum is constant, but there is a time which is compact and dense, which is the time of the sensible world; a subtle time, which is the time of the 'imaginal world'; and a supra-subtle time, which is the time of the world of pure Intelligences. The dimensions of contemporaneity increase in relation to the 'subtlety' of the mode of existence: the quantum of time which is given to a spiritual individual can thus encompass the immensity of being, and hold both past and future in the present. From this point of view, the commentary on the hadith or recital of the 'White Cloud' is fascinating."


"In the Modern World, Sufism is a name with no reality. In the past, Sufism was a reality with no name."

-Bushanji

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Subject:Bishop Pike...
Posted by:cycnet.
Time:2:50 pm.
I just thought it interesting that bishop pike, of "The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" fame was mentioned in one of our local news sources recently...

"Fast forward to the 1960s and Bishop James Pike of California, a chain smoker and alcoholic and probably a woman chaser. Pike was an early supporter of woman as priests, racial desegregation, and the acceptance of gays as communicants.

He also questioned the Virgin Birth, the doctrine of hell and the Trinity. Four times heresy proceedings were started but in the end the church thought it best to leave things alone. He died a mysterious death in the Israeli desert. "

In a column about the recent stirring of seperatism in the Anglican church.

http://thetyee.ca/Views/2008/03/03/Anglican/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=030308

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Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Posted by:themachinestops.
Time:9:46 am.
Is there anyone else here who's been slowly collecting the reissued mainstream PKD novels as they are released? Voices from the Street was phenomenal, in my top ten PKD books ever; the ending made me cry so hard because it seemed to mirror my own struggles with depression but even more so mirrored my father's life and the idea of total resignation... god I love this book. I was less enthused about Humpty Dumpty in Oakland, I thought it was kind of mediocre, but it had its moments.

Next up is In Milton Lumky Territory, set to be released in April. Has anyone read this when it was originally published, and can tell me if it's any good? (Without spoiling it of course!) I'll buy it regardless, I'm just curious. It's so awesome that there's this whole other treasure trove of PKD to explore; they started releasing these right around the time I finished up reading his SF books. I can see so many parallels between the mainstream characters and the SF characters, and even some idea parallels -- VftS in particular retains the same Dickian structure and feel, the same paranoid pathos that permeates most of his SF books. There's around a dozen mainstream PKD books, so lots to look forward to in the coming years if they release all of them.
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