The Philip K. Dick Reader

by Philip K. Dick

About the Book

Mind-bending, psychologically complex, startlingly novel, and unimaginably exotic—just a few of the terms used to attempt to describe the stories of a master of science fiction. Whether you’re new to Dick’s work or a long time fan, you’ll soon recognize some trademark themes: the nature of reality, what it means to be human, the American Dream run amok, and humans versus machines. Though some stories feature visions of the future that are rooted in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the plot twists, surprise endings, and subtle humor more than make up for the societal disconnect.

About the Author

An award-winning American novelist best known for his science fiction short stories, Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928, but lived most of his life in California. His first story was published in 1952, and he continued to write prolifically throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In 1982, shortly before the premiere of the movie Blade Runner (adapted from his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), Dick died of a heart attack at the age of 53. Since his death, many of Dick’s stories have been adapted for the screen, including Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau, and most recently on Amazon Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Related Events

GR Reads: The Movies – Blade Runner

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:00 pm
Wealthy Street Theatre – 1130 Wealthy St SE

Los Angeles, 2019: Deckard, an expert “blade runner,” must identify and execute four replicants (genetically engineered beings virtually identical to humans) which have illegally returned to earth from their off-world slave duty. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Tickets are $3 with valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2018 to purchase tickets online.

GR Reads: The Movies – Minority Report

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 8:00 pm
Wealthy Street Theatre – 1130 Wealthy St SE

Washington, D.C. has been murder free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crimes. But when the chief of the Pre-Crime Unit is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who set him up. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel by the same name. Tickets are $3 with valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2018 to purchase tickets online.

Robotics Petting Zoo

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Artificial intelligence and robots used to be the stuff of science fiction. But not anymore. Every year, new devices come into our lives that can automate many of our everyday tasks. Stop by to see robots perform complex and surprising tasks. FIRST robotics clubs from around West Michigan will present their robots, sharing their knowledge and offering insight into how the robots were designed and built. Great for the whole family.

GR Reads: The Movies – Total Recall

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 8:00 pm
Wealthy Street Theatre – 1130 Wealthy St SE

In the year 2084, a worker leaves Earth for the mind-bending reality of a Martian mining colony ruled over by a dictator who can alter reality to suit his whims. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Tickets are $3 with valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2018 to purchase tickets online.

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