Philip K. Dick Reviews

Find a fresh review of a PKD novel or PKD-related work every Monday.

(Composition year listed first, then publication year if it differs)

Books

Mainstream novels

“Gather Yourselves Together” (1950, 1994)

“Voices from the Street” (1952, 2007)

“Mary and the Giant” (1954, 1987)

“The Broken Bubble” (1956, 1988)

“Puttering About in a Small Land” (1957, 1985)

“In Milton Lumky Territory” (1958, 1985)

“Confessions of a Crap Artist” (1959, 1975)

“The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike” (1960, 1984)

“Humpty Dumpty in Oakland” (1960, 1986)

Science fiction novels

“Vulcan’s Hammer” (1953, 1960)

“Dr. Futurity” (1953, 1960)

“The Cosmic Puppets” (1953, 1957)

“Solar Lottery” (1954, 1955)

“The World Jones Made” (1954, 1956)

“Eye in the Sky” (1955, 1957)

“The Man Who Japed” (1955, 1956)

“Time Out of Joint” (1958, 1959)

“The Man in the High Castle” (1961, 1962)

“We Can Build You” (1962, 1972)

“Martian Time-Slip” (1962, 1964)

“Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb” (1963, 1965)

“The Game-Players of Titan” (1963)

“The Simulacra” (1963, 1964)

“The Crack in Space” (1963, 1966)

“Now Wait for Last Year” (1963, 1966)

“Clans of the Alphane Moon” (1964)

“The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch” (1964, 1965)

“The Zap Gun” (1964, 1967)

“The Penultimate Truth” (1964)

“Deus Irae” (1964, 1976), with Roger Zelazny

“The Unteleported Man” (1964, 1966)/ “Lies, Inc.” (1984)

“The Ganymede Takeover” (1965, 1967), with Ray Nelson

“Counter-Clock World” (1965, 1967)

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (1966, 1968)

“Ubik” (1966, 1969)

“Galactic Pot-Healer” (1968, 1969)

“A Maze of Death” (1968, 1970)

“Our Friends from Frolix 8” (1969, 1970)

“Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said” (1970, 1974)

“A Scanner Darkly” (1973, 1977)

“Radio Free Albemuth” (1976, 1985)

“VALIS” (1978, 1981)

“The Divine Invasion” (1980, 1981)

“The Transmigration of Timothy Archer” (1981, 1982)

Children’s novel

“Nick and the Glimmung” (illustrated by Paul Demeyer, 1966, 1988)

Short story collections

“The Collected Stories, Vol. 1” (1947-54, 1987)

“The Collected Stories, Vol. 2” (1952-53, 1987)

“The Collected Stories, Vol. 3” (1953-54, 1987)

“The Collected Stories, Vol. 4” (1954-63, 1987)

“The Collected Stories, Vol. 5” (1963-81, 1987)

“Electric Dreams” (1953-55, 2017)

Short stories

In alphabetical order:

A

“Adjustment Team”

“The Alien Mind”

“Autofac”

B

“Beyond Lies the Wub”

“Beyond the Door”

“Breakfast at Twilight”

“The Builder”

C

“Cadbury, the Beaver Who Lacked”

“Captive Market”

“Chains of Air, Web of Aether”

“The Chromium Fence”

“Colony”

“The Commuter”

“The Cookie Lady”

“The Cosmic Poachers”

“The Crawlers”

“The Crystal Crypt”

D

“The Day Mr. Computer Fell Out of Its Tree”

“The Days of Perky Pat”

“The Defenders”

“The Different Stages of Love” (deleted section of “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said”)

E

“The Electric Ant”

“Exhibit Piece”

“The Exit Door Leads In”

“Expendable”

“Explorers We”

“The Eye of the Sibyl”

“The Eyes Have It”

F

“Fair Game”

“Faith of Our Fathers”

“The Father-Thing”

“Foster, You’re Dead”

G

“A Game of Unchance”

“The Golden Man”

“Goodbye, Vincent” (collected in “The Dark Haired Girl”)

“The Great C”

“The Gun”

H

“The Hanging Stranger”

“Holy Quarrel”

“The Hood Maker”

“Human Is”

I

“I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon”

“If There Were No Benny Cemoli”

“The Impossible Planet”

“Impostor”

“The Indefatigable Frog”

“The Infinites”

J

“James P. Crow”

“Jon’s World”

K

“The King of the Elves”

L

“The Last of the Masters”

“The Little Black Box”

“The Little Movement”

“A Little Something for Us Tempunauts”

M

“Martians Come in Clouds”

“Meddler”

“Menace React” (story fragment, collected in 2010 Subterranean Press edition of “The Collected Stories, Vol. 1”)

“The Minority Report”

“Misadjustment”

“The Mold of Yancy”

“Mr. Spaceship”

N

“Nanny”

“Not by Its Cover”

“Novelty Act”

“Null-O”

O

“Of Withered Apples”

“Oh, to Be a Blobel!”

“Orpheus with Clay Feet”

“Out in the Garden”

P

“Paycheck”

“Pay for the Printer”

“Piper in the Woods”

“Planet for Transients”

“Precious Artifact”

“The Pre-persons”

“A Present for Pat”

“The Preserving Machine”

“Prize Ship”

“Progeny”

“Project: Earth”

“Prominent Author”

“Psi-man Heal My Child!”

R

“Rautavaara’s Case”

“Recall Mechanism”

“Retreat Syndrome”

“Return Match”

“Roog”

S

“Sales Pitch”

“Second Variety”

“Service Call”

“Shell Game”

“The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford”

“The Skull”

“Small Town”

“Some Kinds of Life”

“Souvenir”

“Stability”

“Stand-by”

“The Story to End All Stories for Harlan Ellison’s Anthology Dangerous Visions”

“Strange Eden”

“Strange Memories of Death”

“A Surface Raid”

“Survey Team”

T

“A Terran Odyssey”

“Tony and the Beetles”

“To Serve the Master”

“The Trouble with Bubbles”

“The Turning Wheel”

U

“The Unreconstructed M”

“Upon the Dull Earth”

V

“The Variable Man”

W

“War Game”

“War Veteran”

“The War with the Fnools”

“Waterspider”

“We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”

“What the Dead Men Say”

“What’ll We Do with Ragland Park?”

“A World of Talent”

“The World She Wanted”

Y

“Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday”

Adaptations and spinoffs

Movies

“Blade Runner” (1982)

“Total Recall” (1990)

“Barjo” (1992)

“Screamers” (1995)

“Soldier” (set in “Blade Runner” universe, 1998)

“Minority Report” (2002)

“Impostor” (2002)

“Paycheck” (2003)

“A Scanner Darkly” (2006)

“Next” (2007)

“Screamers: The Hunting” (2009)

“The Adjustment Bureau” (2011)

“Total Recall” (2012)

“The Crystal Crypt” (short film, 2013)

“Radio Free Albemuth” (2014)

“Blade Runner” short films (2017)

“Blade Runner 2049” (2017)

“King of the Elves” (TBA)

TV shows

“Impostor” episode of “Out of This World” (1962)

“Total Recall 2070” (1999)

“The Man in the High Castle” (2015-)

“Minority Report” (2015)

“Minority Report” first episode

“Electric Dreams” (2017)

Books

“Ubik” (unproduced screenplay by PKD, 1974, 1985)

“Total Recall” (novelization by Piers Anthony, 1990)

“Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human” (novel by K.W. Jeter, 1995)

“Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night” (novel by K.W. Jeter, 1996)

“Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon” (novel by K.W. Jeter, 2000)

Comic books

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” (2009-11)

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Dust to Dust” (2010)

“Electric Ant” (2010)

“Total Recall” (2011)

Nonfiction

PKD’s writings

“Cosmogony and Cosmology” (philosophical writings, 1987)

“The Dark Haired Girl” (letters, 1988)

“Pursuit of Valis” (philosophical writings, 1991)

“The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick” (six volumes, 1938-82, 1991-2008)

“The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick” (philosophical writings, 1995)

“The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick” (journals, 1974-82, 2011)

Biographies

“To the High Castle” (by Gregg Rickman, 1989)

“Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick” (by Lawrence Sutin, 1989)

“The Search for Philip K. Dick” (by Ann Dick, 1995)

“I Am Alive and You are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick” (by Emmanuel Carrere, 2003)

“Philip K. Dick: A Biography” (by Darryl Mason, 2008)

“Philip K. Dick’s Owl: Things are Not as They Appear” (by Tessa Dick, 2008)

“A Dim Reflection of Philip K. Dick” (by Tessa Dick, 2008)

“Remembering Firebright” (by Tessa Dick, 2009)

Making-of books

“Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner” (by Paul M. Sammon, revised and updated edition, 2017)

Documentaries

“Philip K. Dick: A Day in the Afterlife” (BBC, 1994)

“The Penultimate Truth about Philip K. Dick” (2007)

“The Worlds of Philip K. Dick” (2016)

COMMENTARIES

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Websites:

Guy Salvidge (blog) — Among other topics, Salvidge’s blog features reviews of most, if not all, of PKD’s catalog.

The Encyclopedia Dickiana — This site features in-depth, cited research on each book to provide behind-the-scenes details of the writing process. An accompanying site covers the short stories.

The Philip K. Dick Bookshelf — This website is a pictorial bibliography of
PKD, with thousands of covers of his books. I like how it organizes his catalog into SF and mainstream novels.

Philip K. Dick online community — This site includes news, articles, criticism, interviews, a biography, synopses of major works, reviews, links and more.

Total Dick-head — David Gill’s blog closed shop in 2014, but the archives are still up, featuring “News, analysis and Philip K. Dick-related info kipple chronicled by a PKD scholar.”

Podcasts:

  • Philip K. Dick Book Club — Evan Lampe, author of “Philip K. Dick and the World We Live In,” reviews and analyzes all of PKD’s novels and short stories. The podcast grew out of his blog, Philip K. Dick Review.
  • PKDheads Podcast — Authors and longtime PKD fans David Agranoff, Anthony Trevino and Langhorn J. Tweed break down the novels in order of publication. Bonus episodes feature interviews and story-versus-adaptation analyses.
  • We Love Dick: A Philip K. Dick Podcast — In a podcast that ran from 2015-18, hosts Wa and Foot analyze a different short story in each episode.

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