Are you talking to me?

Orange County’s own Science Fiction writer, Phillip K. Dick, was the focus of a recent BBC radio 4 interveiw (as cited by BoingBoing). Apparently he was troubled in the last years of his life and was trying to figure out if he was talking to god or if god was talking to him.

I guess when you consider this is the guy who brought us “A Scanner Darkly,” a story set in a futuristic Orange County where everyone spies on each other, this might be filed under the “crazy file.” While I have not read any of his works, I did like the film versions of Blade Runner (based on “Do androids dream of electric sheep“) and Minority Report.

3 Comments so far

  1. Miles (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

    It seems that every few years something about Phillip K. Dick shows up in the local press. The last I remember seeing was a review of his biography in the LA Time’s Calendar Section in June, 2004, “The Truth as He Knew It”. Like you I’ve not read any of his books, but I am familiar with some of the films derived from his work. After learning that he died in Santa Ana, I picked up a few of his books, but I’m behind in my reading and haven’t had a chance to crack ’em open yet.


  2. tony (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

    “Apparently he was troubled in the last years of his life and was trying to figure out if he was talking to god or if god was talking to him.”

    That’s pretty much the plot of the last book released by his estate, Radio Free Albemuth, with Valis (PKD used Valis in other stories too) as God.


  3. Mike Randall (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 12:26 am

    Thanks Tony, that’s an interesting fact.



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