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from Nihilism in Art
  • Philip K Dick His novels tended to be haunted by spectral forces of death, decay, and dissolution, with the characters enmeshed in a collapsing world, fighting a hopeless spiritual struggle with something that sure feels like the big Nothing. He himself was not very nihilistic; rather, he was always fighting back against it.
from Weird Studies/PKD
  • Listened for completeness sake, I already know the work of Philip K Dick inside out.
from Weird Studies/Garmonbozia
from gnosticism
  • PKD version (a lot of what I know about gnosticism comes filtered through Dick's work)
from Weird Studies/Blade Runner
  • I want to jump up and yell, "A Scanner Darkly" was a much more Dickian film. I don't know, I love the film but I don't identify with it so much, being a more hardcore SF fan? But Bladerunner certainly has its merits and does touch on important PKD themes.
from Weird Studies/Lovecraft
  • Nice side-by-side comparison of PKD and Lovecraft, except for the stupid "Dicklove" name.
from living fictions
  • Philip K Dick
    • "The principle of emergence, as when nonliving matter becomes living. As if information (thought concepts) when pushed to their limit become metamorphosed into something alive.
      • – Exegesis (back jacket cover)
    • “A vast noetic factor lived in me; I both saw and comprehended in a single mentational act, although it's taken me months to label what I encountered (e.g., the Logos, God as Immanent Mind within the structural framework of reality surrounding me). I think what was the most thrilling of all, above and beyond everything else which was new to me, was visually to observe the constant, steady, unfailing signaling systems by which all living organisms are disinhibited; which is to say, their engrammed and then blocked instinctive patterns imprinted on them at the beginning are periodically released at the correct moment, for the appropriate occasion … in this fashion chaos becomes cosmos, and harmony and stability and regulated interaction between all parts of the structure are perpetually achieved”
      • – Exegesis (p 153)
    • “I not only say (in VALIS) that the universe is information but that this information is a narrative, what the narrative is (tells), why, what effect it has on the mind and hence on us....I have read the writing—or heard it read—that causes our universe to be. I know what the narrative says. And why. I.e., the purpose of the universe (which is information, a narrative).”
from A Memory Called Empire
  • Oh I thought of one: the technology of cold-pack in Ubik by Philip K Dick! In both cases, the dead are made to speak through technology (though in Dick's version they are actual bodies in a cryogenic state of half-life, not an artificial digital copy). And in both cases, the plot involves interference in this process, with the protagonist in a situation where they are desperately reliant on advice from this remnant of a person, and failing to get it due to interference or malfunction. That's weirdly parallel!
from White Noise
  • Anyway, White Noise is thematically timely and one of the best novels of the late 20th century according to Harold Bloom, who placed it in the tradition of "American comic apocalypses" that includes Melville's The Confidence Man and Thomas Pynchon's Crying of Lot 49. (I guess I'd put Infinite Jest and the work of Philip K Dick in that bucket as well). And it's due to be turned into a movie this year.
from Spinoza
Twin Pages

Philip K Dick

07 Feb 2021 04:55 - 16 Feb 2022 05:34

    • The mad prophet of science fiction. His novel Ubik and short story Faith of our Fathers really warped my mind as a kid, in ways that are hard to describe but definitely felt.
    • One of this consistent themes is the question of who or what is authentically human, and paralleling that, questioning the nature of reality itself.
    • Bladerunner, a film based on his book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep revolves around the first of these questions. Deckard, the protagonist, is a professional bladerunner, a sort of bounty hunter whose job is to find and "retire" replicants, artificial robots who are superficially entirely human.