Philip K. Dick

(Philip Kindred Dick)

Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick
  • Born: December 16, 1928
  • Died: March 2, 1982
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer

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Philip Kindred Dick was an American writer known for his work in science fiction. His work explored philosophical, social, and political themes, with stories dominated by monopolistic corporations, alternative universes, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. His writing also reflected his interest in metaphysics and theology, and often drew upon his life experiences in addressing the nature of reality, identity, drug abuse, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences.

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Man's society is an ecology that forces adaptation to it. Environment & Environmentalism
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. Miscellaneous
Science has given us more lives than it has taken; we must remember that. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups...So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing. Power
Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.
Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment.
I am a fictionalizing philosopher, not a novelist.
I am basically analytical, not creative; my writing is simply a creative way of handling analysis.
I am one of the elect, one of the few in the know, in the gnosis.
I dreamed: I am the fish whose flesh is eaten, and because I am fat, it is good.
I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. Communication & Communications
The core of my writing is not art but truth. Truth ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The Martians are always coming.
The trouble with being educated is that it takes a long time; it uses up the better part of your life and when you are finished what you know is that you would have benefited more by going into banking. Life ;Time
The universe is information and we are stationary in it, not three dimensional and not in space or time. Time
This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.
We live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups. I ask, in my writing, 'What is real?' Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. Society
When I believe, I am crazy. When I don't believe, I suffer psychotic depression.