2008 Updates -2009 Updates

January 2008

In THE NOVELS OF PHILIP K. DICK, Kim Stanley Robinson states that "IN MILTON LUMKY TERRITORY. . . is probably the best of Dick's realist novels aside from CONFESSION OF A CRAP ARTIST," and goes on to characterize it as a "bitter indictment of the effects of capitalism." Dick, on the other hand, in his foreword, says "This is actually a very funny book, and a good one, too." The story takes place in Boise, Idaho, with some extraordinary long-distance driving sequences in which our hero (young Bruce Stevens) drives from Boise to San Francisco, to Reno, to Pocatello to Seattle and back to Boise in search of a good deal on some wholesale typewriters. He falls under the spell of an attractive older woman (who used to be his school teacher) and Milton Lumky, a middle-aged paper salesman whose territory is the Northwest. And then Bruce and the others slowly sink into the whirlpool of Bruce's immature personal obsessions and misperceptions. A compassionate and ironic portrayal of three characters enmeshing in a sticky web of everyday events, in a tension between love and money, with a basic failure to communicate, IN MILTON LUMKY TERRITORY stands out among Dick's early works.

April

Five Novels of the 1960's and 70's, edited by Jonathan Lethem. Contains:

  • Martian Time Slip
  • Dr. Bloodmoney
  • Now Wait for Last Year
  • Flow my Tears the Policeman Said
  • A Scanner Darkly

Hardcover: 1000 pages, Library of America (July 31, 2008)

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The Man in the High Castle (Gollancz 2008)
An SF Masterworks Series edition of the Man In The High Castle
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (17 Jul 2008)

October

October 21, 2008

The Penultimate Truth DVD (KULTUR VIDEO, Nov. 2008). A new Philip K. Dick DVD explores the mysterious universe of the author through interviews with people who knew him. A must-have for anyone interested in Philip K. Dick. Read review here

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October 21, 2008

The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick, Volume 6 (1980-1982) (Underwood Books, December 28, 2008). It looks like there is a new attempt at publishing the final volume of the Selected Letters at the end of the year...this much awaited book has been 20 years in the making (I know because I helped typing up the book in 1989).
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October 21, 2008

Ubik, the Screenplay. A screenplay for Ubik, written by Philip K. Dick himself. This book has been out of print for more than 20 years! Subterranean Press August 15, 2008, 150 pages.
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October 21, 2008

The Dim Reflection of Philip K. Dick (CreateSpace, March 24, 2008). Paperback: 50 pages. A brief biographical sketch of Philip K. Dick, the science fiction writer whose visions nearly led to great and positive change in our world, written by Tessa Dick, his widow.
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November

November 29

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (Blackstone Audiobooks, 2008). Philip K Dick's finest novel on CD.
As exiles from Earth huddle miserably in Martian colonies, they turn to drugs for comfort. The newest drug claims to deliver the eternal life promised by God. But what kind of eternity? And who or what is the deliverer? Available at Amazon.com

November 29

Ubik (Blackstone Audiobooks, 2008). One of Philip K Dick's best novel on CD for the first time.
"Besides grisly ideas like funeral parlors where you swap gossip for the advice of the frozen dead, Ubik (1969) offers such deadpan farce as a money less character's attack on the robot apartment door that demands a five-cent toll: –I'll sue you, the door said as the first screw fell out. Joe Chip said, –I've never been sued by a door. But I guess I can live through it." Available at Amazon.com

November 18

Philip K. Dick's Owl. Things Are Not As They Appear. Tessa B. Dick attempts to recreate the "The Owl In Daylight" the novel that PKD intended to write before his untimely death. Arthur Grimley, a wealthy composer of movie themes, finds himself in a world where he must journey through Dante's Inferno and the mystical trials of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. Note: this is a condensed, abbreviated preview edition.

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November 18:

The Man in the High Castle (Audio CD). Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc.; Unabridged edition (June 1, 2008). Philip K. Dick's award winning novel available in an audio book format. What if the Axis powers had won World War II? What if Germany and Japan had divided after conquering in 1947...Capitulation Day it is called?
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