It grips fans; it grips editors; it grips writers. I had other strange experiences after Pinky died. He read your whole manuscript. As if my body was saying, "No more. She will soon get probation. Tony loved opera and poker and science fiction and mystery stories.
This is followed by a discussion of Ubik to give the reader a flavour of a typical Dickean novel.
The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick
In high school I held a little job in a record and radio store, sweeping and cleaning, but never, oh never, talking to the customers. Witty, erudite, and exploding with intellectual shrapnel, this is the last testament of an American original. Dick saw himself first and foremost as a fiction writer, and there can be no question that it is in his stories and his novels -- both science fiction SF and mainstream -- that Dick's most permanent legacy resides. In this respect the paper is concerned with utopianism rather than representations of Utopia. Astley R.