Philip Kindred Dick was born in Chicago in December 1928, along with a twin sister, Jane. Jane died less than eight weeks later, allegedly from an allergy to mother’s milk. Dick’s parents split up during his childhood, and he moved with his mother to Berkeley, California, where he lived for most of the rest of his life. Dick became a published author in 1952. His first sale was the short story “Roog.” His first novel, “Solar Lottery,” appeared in 1955. Dick produced an astonishing amount of material during the 1950s and 1960s, writing and selling nearly a hundred short stories and some two dozen or so novels during this period, including “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” “Time Out Of Joint,” “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch,” and the Hugo-award winning “The Man In The High Castle.” A supremely chaotic personal life (Dick was married five times) along with drug experimentation, sidetracked Dick’s career in the early 1970s. Dick would later maintain that reports of his drug… read more
The adaptations of his works ought to be put into the hands of people capable of more than capturing mindless sci-fi run-and-gun action. Especially if studios have the nerve to say they want to adapt "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" and "The Man in the High Castle."