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#FoylesFive: Electric Dreams

12th September 2017 - Matt Blackstock

#FoylesFive: Electric Dreams

 

Philip K. Dick's creative mind has inspired some truly memorable cinematic adaptations, such as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report. This autumn, Electric Dreams comes to the small screen: ten short films based upon the late author's short stories that will expand your mind and have you questioning reality. Below is a selection of books to give you a taste of this one of a kind writer.

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

In a post-war future Deckard hunts for Replicants. In a novel plagued with questions of being and divinity, Deckard comes to question his own life as he faces up to the fact that the hunter can sometimes become the hunted.

 

Beyond Lies the Wub

This superb first collection of short stories spanning the early 1950s are a great way to dip your toe into the cosmic waters that flow from Philip K. Dick’s mind. Through philosophically steeped sci-fi chronicles to mini space adventures, this collection demonstrates just what it is that makes this author unique.

 

Ubik

Ubik is one of Dick’s most crazy, ambitious and acclaimed novels. Glen Runciter and his half dead wife run a company that supply Inertials, people who can stop the powers of telepaths. When Glen and a group of his best Inertials are hurt in a bomb blast, their world begins to shift and tilt and reality collapses around them.

 

The Exegesis of Philip K Dick

The philosophical side of Dick’s writing is brought together in this glorious tome of his non-fiction work. This abridged compendium of Dick’s thoughts on life and the universe is the closest we'll get to understanding this complex and astonishingly brilliant author.

 

Valis

There was a blinding light, and it spoke. Is this madness, or Vast Active Living Intelligence System, VALIS? A story set on a knife edge, between psychosis and sanity, reality and illusoriness. One of Dick’s most loved and treasured works gifts us a chance to glance at the mind behind the words. 

 

 

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