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Old 07-16-2007, 09:07 AM   #1
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Philip K. Dick

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If you enjoy Sci-Fi I can only recommand you all the books from Philip K Dick,
they are all so POWERFULL, I can really think of no other word.

I think his best books are "Ubik", "The man in the high castle" and
"Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said".

You can find them here :
http://www.ebookmall.com/ebooks-auth...ick-ebooks.htm

Good read
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:37 PM   #2
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Many books from Philip K. Dick are still in copyright, but a good chunk of his stories might not. It is currently under investigation. It will probably take a year or two to complete though.
Checking the copyright costs money. If anyone wants to donate then contact Greg Weeks. He has already freed H. Beam Piper for us.
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:51 PM   #3
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Many books from Philip K. Dick are still in copyright, but a good chunk of his stories might not. It is currently under investigation. It will probably take a year or two to complete though.
Checking the copyright costs money. If anyone wants to donate then contact Greg Weeks. He has already freed H. Beam Piper for us.
That's a very interesting information. I've read most of his novels but just a few short stories.
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Old 07-16-2007, 04:53 PM   #4
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You'd be surprised by how many movies you have seen based on his work.

Blade Runner
A.I.
Minority Report
Total Recall

There are more, but that's all I can recall off the top of my head.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:10 PM   #5
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You'd be surprised by how many movies you have seen based on his work.

Blade Runner
A.I.
Minority Report
Total Recall

There are more, but that's all I can recall off the top of my head.
But don't let that keep you from reading them. For the most part, the movies are based quite loosely on his stories. Total Recall was barely related to We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, Paycheck seriously mangled Paycheck, and Imposter took liberties with The Imposter.

Read the originals. They're much, much better.
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You'd be surprised by how many movies you have seen based on his work.

Blade Runner
A.I.
Minority Report
Total Recall

There are more, but that's all I can recall off the top of my head.
Most of the movies are crap compared to his books. Blade Runner was a great movie, but completely different from Why do androids dream of electic sheep.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:41 PM   #7
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Most of the movies are crap compared to his books. Blade Runner was a great movie, but completely different from Why do androids dream of electic sheep.
Well I beg to differ! Maybe the movies are not like the books but for someone interested in near view futurology like me, Minority report was Great. The detailing in that movies is exquisite. Designers really outdid themselves.
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I agree that the movie version of Minority Report was excellent (in spite of really not liking the actor in the lead role), but I have no trouble believing that the 'book' might still be better than the movie.

I haven't read it yet, but it's on my list of things to do.
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"A scanner darkly" is probably one of the best movie adapted from
one of Dick's books.
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one of Dick's books.
True. It's very close to the book unlike most of these other adaptations too.

A Minority Report had a few nice design element, and nice special effects but the story and the character are nothing compared to a book from K Dick. It's way too "hollywood-like", lacking the kind of craziness and dark corners of K Dick's mind.
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I agree with that 'craziness' of his as a feature of his writings.

The only one I've read so far was 'Ubik' and frankly it felt like it was written through a series of alcohol binges. It steered me away from further readings of his works.
I will give him an other try but if I feel that mid night depressive alcohol buzz again, he's out.
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If only I could find his novel "Our Friends from Frolix 8" somewhere.
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I think I'll check his books out...I'm looking for something new to read at the moment anyway...
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I think I'll check his books out...I'm looking for something new to read at the moment anyway...
If you enjoyed the movie "The Truman Show," it's pretty much an uncredited adaptation of Dick's Time Out of Joint (my personal favorite of his works).

Last year's film "Next" was also based on a PKD story ("The Golden Man").

Oh, and one correction from above: A.I. isn't based on Dick. It's from Brian Aldiss' Supertoys Last All Summer Long.

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I haven't watched the movie, so I'll just choose a book that has a nice-sounding title for a starter...if I enjoy that one I'll probably start reading everything he ever wrote, I usually do it that way...
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