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Philip K. Dick

Date de naissance: 16. décembre 1928
Date de décès: 2. mars 1982

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Philip Kindred Dick, né le 16 décembre 1928, à Chicago dans l'Illinois, et mort le 2 mars 1982, à Santa Ana en Californie, est un auteur américain de romans, de nouvelles et d’essais de science-fiction.

De son vivant, il a reçu plusieurs prix littéraires, comme le prix Hugo pour Le Maître du Haut Château, et le prix John Wood Campbell Memorial pour Coulez mes larmes, dit le policier. L'auteur a passé la majorité de sa carrière dans une quasi-pauvreté. L'apport de Philip K. Dick à la science-fiction est important,,,,, et certaines de ses œuvres ont été adaptées au cinéma pour devenir des films cultes : Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Planète hurlante, A Scanner Darkly…

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Citations Philip K. Dick

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„Van Vogt influenced me so much because he made me appreciate a mysterious chaotic quality in the universe which is not to be feared.“

— Philip K. Dick
Context: I started reading SF when I was about twelve and I read all I could, so any author who was writing about that time, I read. But there's no doubt who got me off originally and that was A. E. van Vogt. There was in van Vogt's writing a mysterious quality, and this was especially true in The World of Null A. All the parts of that book did not add up; all the ingredients did not make a coherency. Now some people are put off by that. They think that's sloppy and wrong, but the thing that fascinated me so much was that this resembled reality more than anybody else's writing inside or outside science fiction. … reality really is a mess, and yet it's exciting. The basic thing is, how frightened are you of chaos? And how happy are you with order? Van Vogt influenced me so much because he made me appreciate a mysterious chaotic quality in the universe which is not to be feared. As quoted in [http://2010philipkdickfans.philipkdickfans.com/frank/vertexin.htm "Vertex Interviews Philip K. Dick" by Arthur Byron Cover, in Vertex, Vol. 1, no. 6 (February 1974)]

„To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement“

— Philip K. Dick
Context: To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement … Whoever defeats the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus … thereby it becomes its enemies.

„SF is a rebellious art form and it needs writers and readers and bad attitudes — an attitude of "Why?" or "How come?" or "Who says?"“

— Philip K. Dick
Context: That was my problem then and it's my problem now; I have a bad attitude. In a nutshell, I fear authority but at the same time I resent it — the authority and my own fear — so I rebel. And writing SF is a way to rebel. … SF is a rebellious art form and it needs writers and readers and bad attitudes — an attitude of "Why?" or "How come?" or "Who says?"

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„I am a fictionalizing philosopher, not a novelist; my novel and story-writing ability is employed as a means to formulate my perception. The core of my writing is not art but truth.“

— Philip K. Dick
Context: I am a fictionalizing philosopher, not a novelist; my novel and story-writing ability is employed as a means to formulate my perception. The core of my writing is not art but truth. Thus what I tell is the truth, yet I can do nothing to alleviate it, either by deed or explanation. Yet this seems somehow to help a certain kind of sensitive troubled person, for whom I speak. I think I understand the common ingredient in those whom my writing helps: they cannot or will not blunt their own intimations about the irrational, mysterious nature of reality, and, for them, my corpus of writing is one long ratiocination regarding this inexplicable reality, an investigation and presentation, analysis and response and personal history. My audience will always be limited to those people.

„Anyhow, even if they agreed to lead us, I felt uneasy as where we would wind up going.“

— Philip K. Dick
Context: Here I am saying that mutants are dangerous to us ordinaries, a view which John W. Campbell, Jr. deplored. We were supposed to view them as our leaders. But I always felt uneasy as to how they would view us. I mean, maybe they wouldn't want to lead us. Maybe from their superevolved lofty level we wouldn't seem worth leading. Anyhow, even if they agreed to lead us, I felt uneasy as where we would wind up going. It might have something to do with buildings marked SHOWERS but which really weren't. Story notes for The Golden Man (1953), in the short story anthology The Golden Man (1980)

„My major preoccupation is the question, 'What is reality?'“

— Philip K. Dick
Context: My major preoccupation is the question, 'What is reality?' Many of my stories and novels deal with psychotic states or drug-induced states by which I can present the concept of a multiverse rather than a universe. Music and sociology are themes in my novels, also radical political trends; in particular I've written about fascism and my fear of it. Statement of 1975 quoted in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (1981) vol. 8, part 1

„Can any of us fix anything? No. None of us can do that. We're specialized.“

— Philip K. Dick
Context: Can any of us fix anything? No. None of us can do that. We're specialized. Each one of us has his own line, his own work. I understand my work, you understand yours. The tendency in evolution is toward greater and greater specialization. Man's society is an ecology that forces adaptation to it. Continued complexity makes it impossible for us to know anything outside our own personal field — I can't follow the work of the man sitting at the next desk over from me. Too much knowledge has piled up in each field. And there are too many fields. "The Variable Man" (1952), The Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick, v.1: The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford (1987)

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