Philip K Dick was a modern and postmodern dynamo. His visions of the present and future, while bleak and disturbing, often explored the nature of reality. *What is real? What makes us human? Can any real answers be obtained?*

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Story with a fake motorcycle cop

I have a vague memory of a scene of a novel or short story. I am under the impression that it was by Philip K. Dick. A character is going to impersonate a motorbike cop and rehearses in a room (in ...
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Who throws the stone at Deckard in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Near the end of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", someone throws a stone at Deckard the way they were throwing stones at Mercer as he was climbing up a hill. Is it ever explained or implied who ...
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Do the androids need to kill their owners in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I'm writing my BA thesis on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. In the Polish translation of the book, there is an indication that an android needs to kill its owner to get from ...
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Are there other undercover police at New Path and does Bob know about them?

I asked a similar question but thought it best to delete and rewrite from scratch. There is already a question asking How did “A Scanner Darkly” actually end? but I more curious in how Bob intends to ...
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Will there be more of “The man in the high castle”?

Just finished watching Amazon's version of Philip K Dick's novel The Man in the High Castle. Do the TV series and the Book currently end in the same way? Is there more to show in the TV series ...
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Philip K Dick story with subterranean humans and healthier humans above the ground level

I am looking for a Philip K. Dick story about a future in which there are humans living under the ground, who have become very pale-skinned, frail, almost blind, and humans who live above the ground, ...
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How true to the book is the Total Recall remake?

In reading this question I learned that Total Recall was based on a book, and that the original Total Recall was not very much like the book at all. Is the rebooted Total Recall truer to the book We ...
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“ . . .PALMER ELDRITCH” — Why does Leo ask Blau why he's calling him Leo?

At the end of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Leo addresses Blau with the following question: "Leo'? How come you keep calling me 'Leo'?" What's the significance of Blau calling Leo "Leo"?...
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Has Ronald Moore ever commented on similarities between BSG and PKD's “Second Variety”?

So I'm reading a collection of Phillip K. Dick short stories, and I got to one called "Second Variety," the plot of which is that autonomous, self-replicating military robots learn to imitate humans ...
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If this character from Blade Runner is a replicant, why does he feel pain?

I remember the scene where Sebastian asks the replicants to demonstrate something, and then Pris puts her hand into a boiling water to take an egg without feeling pain and at another point Batty ...
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Phillip K. Dick short story about paranoid AI

This is a short story a friend of mine told me about some time ago. It was written by Philip K. Dick. It was about an AI which controlled US defense system The AI decided that the main threat for ...
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Any evidence that Gideon knew what was going on?

In Minority Report, Gideon (the guy who looks after the "haloed" criminals) seems pretty snide and makes a few poignant predictions ("don't dig up the past"). Is there any evidence that he actually ...
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What is the story or metaphor behind Perky Pat?

I read Perky Pat a few days ago and it doesn't make sense to me. Summary from Internet (updated): Then: 3 Questions: Also, the Simpsons did an episode recently called Brick Like Me where ...
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In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, why is Rosen corp. trying to stop bounty hunters?

In Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Rosen corporation uses Rachel Rosen to stop all bounty hunters from killing rebel androids. Near the end, Rachel explicitly say she slept with lot of ...
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Why not test androids by asking them to hold their breath?

In Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" we learn that androids can commit suicide by holding their breath: "How'll you kill yourself without it?" Rick asked. "If you fail on the test? ...
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In the novel A Scanner Darkly what did the verses in German mean?

In the novel A Scanner Darkly, there were a number of passages containing German text. What did they say in English? Why weren't they in English like the rest of the book? I interpreted it to show ...
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Is Palmer Eldritch alive or dead?

In Philip K. Dick's 1965 novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch the central character Palmer Eldritch is presented in a variety of ways. In some parts of the text he is an ethereal presence that ...
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How did “A Scanner Darkly” actually end?

I just finished reading "A Scanner Darkly" by Philip K. Dick and for some reason I am a little confused to the actual ending. Warning Spoilers Below! There are two possibilities, as I see it. One ...
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What book did Philip K Dick dedicate to Heinlein?

There's a famous quote from Philip K Dick about Heinlein mentioned on the Philip K Dick Wikipedia page and on this question: One time when I owed the IRS a lot of money and couldn't raise it, ...
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To what extent is VALIS autobiographical?

According to Wikipedia and various other popular biographical sketches of Philip K Dick, at least some of the events of his novel VALIS correspond to real life experiences. Specifically, the ...
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Why was Philip K Dick so distressed at Ridley Scott's adaptation of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'?

I have heard this a couple of times now but I don't know the reasoning behind this. I know that the film adaptation of the novel was released shortly before the authors death. Also, if this is the ...
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How did the Millennium Falcon appear in Blade Runner?

What is the story behind that the fact that the Millennium Falcon actually is in the set of Blade Runner? The producers must've known that the audience would recognize and debate it, and such a thing ...
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Understanding the Table of Contents of Philip K. Dick's novel, “A Maze of Death.”

At the beginning of Philip K. Dick's novel, A Maze of Death, he provides a table of contents which, other than the chapter and page numbers, appears to have no connection to the actual content of the ...
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What is the meaning of the Latin inscription on Anarch Peak's tomb?

In Philip K. Dick's novel Counter-Clock World, the following inscription is said to be written on the Anarch's tomb: Sic igitur magni quoque circum moenia mundi expugnata dabunt labem ...
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What are the motivations of the Erads?

In Philip K. Dick's novel Counter-Clock World, time on Earth is flowing backwards after an event called the "Hobart Phase", so that dead people come back to life, become younger, and "find a womb" to ...
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Can someone explain the end of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? when Deckard goes to Oregon at the end of the novel, what is all that about? Did he have an epiphany? What exactly was the epiphany? Is he ...
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Why did the Rosen corporation want to discredit the Voight-Kampff test?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? why did the Rosen corporation want to discredit the Voight-Kampff test? If the new Nexus 6 types were to be so good and human like that they ...
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Why did Deckard get a citation from his police department?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? why did Deckard get a citation at the end from his police department? Because he retired too many andys in a single day? I thought the police ...
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Philip K. Dick Essay

Does anyone have any clue where I can find (in any format, although physical would be preferred) an essay written in 1964 (at least according to this site) by Philip K. Dick, that goes by the name of "...
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Why did they name the movie “Blade Runner”?

I just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and I found it interesting that Deckard was always described as a bounty hunter never as a blade runner or anything similar. What exactly ...
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Difference between science fiction/fantasy and futurism according to Philip K. Dick

In this letter from Philip K. Dick to The Ladd Company, he references a Harrison Ford interview where he says that that Blade Runner is not fantasy nor science fiction, but futurism. What's did he ...
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In “Time Out Of Joint” what's with objects turning into slips of paper?

At a couple of points in this Philip K. Dick novel the main character experiences physical objects disappearing to be replaced by slips of paper. He maintains a collection of these slips. I cannot ...
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What's up with Horeselover Fat and Philip Dick towards the end of VALIS

I have just finished reading VALIS, and I remain puzzled by something. It seems to be made clear that Horselover Fat is, in essence, an alter ego of Philip Dick - a separate personality of someone ...
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What is the meaning of the ending of “The Man in the High Castle”?

The end of The Man in the High Castle consists of: Understanding all that (and I'm assuming I'm interpreting it correctly), what did Dick want the reader to get out of this? What's he saying? My ...
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Why is the future LA full of chinese in Blade Runner?

In the movie Blade Runner, the future Los Angeles(2019) is depicted as having lots of chinese people and chinese influence. Why is that the case?
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In Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, is Deckard a replicant?

I have watched different versions the movie and read the book a number of times, and I still can't decide: was Deckard a replicant? I know that he has an emotional reaction to the question of he feels ...
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Philip K. Dick short story with a man growing a space ship in his back yard?

A discussion I was reading about consensus reality made me think of a story that I probably read in some Philip K. Dick anthology years ago. The story began from the viewpoint of a man who was ...
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On the personal relation between Phil K. Dick and Robert Heinlein

It's well known that Dick and Heinlein were friends. On Dick's wikipedia article there is an extract from the introduction to the 1980 short story collection The Golden Man in which Dick praises ...
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How “hard” is the science behind the genetics mentioned in Blade Runner?

How accurately does the science in Blade Runner reflect the current understanding of genetics?
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Did Philip Dick watch Blade Runner before his death?

Was Philip K. Dick able to watch a complete version of "Blade Runner" before his death or just unedited material? The "Blade Runner" release date according to Wikipedia and IMDB was 25 June, 1982. ...
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Where can I find a full copy of Philip K Dick's Exegesis?

I've heard recently that a 90% reduced Fat version of the Exegesis was going to come out in print. However, I would really like to get a hold of a full copy. They aren't supposed to exist, however, ...
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What are the different works for Film and Television based on the works of Philip K. Dick?

I recently finished watching the great series "Total Recall 2070" that was based on Philip K. Dick's universe. Philip K. Dick's absurdist blendings of philosophical problems with Sci-Fi has a unique ...