Philip K. Dick On Fine-Tuning Your B.S.-Meter To Spot "Pseudo-Realities"

How can you tell what's real, in a world where huge industries, governments and religions are all trying to force-feed you manufactured realities? Philip K. Dick sums up the challenges of detecting reality in a world that resembles Disneyland, in this great 1978 quote. » 2/25/15 12:36pm 2/25/15 12:36pm

Man In The High Castle Is Wildly Different From The Book But Still Great


Amazon Prime has premiered its pilot of The Man In the High Castle. And good lord, we hope they make more, because it's great. Here's everything you need to know about the new series along with how it's different from Philip K. Dick's novel. » 1/16/15 9:45am 1/16/15 9:45am

First Footage From Philip K Dick's Man In The High Castle Looks Good 

Amazon has released the pilot for their series translation of Philip K Dick's novel Man In The High Castle, set in an alternate universe where Germany and Japan won World War II. We were nervous at first, but so far, it looks great. » 1/15/15 2:46pm 1/15/15 2:46pm

The Best Science Fiction Books Published As Paperback Originals In 2014

Every year, the Philip K. Dick Award recognizes the science fiction books that come out straight to paperback, instead of getting a fancy hardcover release first. These are often under-appreciated gems that deserved more fanfare. And the six finalists for 2014 are definitely great picks. » 1/09/15 12:30pm 1/09/15 12:30pm

10 Science Fiction Authors Whose Books Just Kept Getting Stranger

A lot of authors tend to become more conventional over time. They get more mainstream cred, mellow out, and sand the rough edges off their work. But some of science fiction's most famous authors have just kept pushing the limits of storytelling. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy authors whose books only got… » 10/13/14 11:25am 10/13/14 11:25am

The Man In The High Castle Series Finds Its Lead Actress

Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, which takes place in a world where the Axis won World War II, has found a lead for its new Amazon TV series. We're just super happy this PKD book is finally getting an adaptation. » 9/09/14 8:20am 9/09/14 8:20am

Last Night's LEGO Simpsons Episode Was Filled With Philip K. Dick Puns

All the best stuff in last night's LEGO episode of The Simpsons was lurking in the background. Behind the story of Homer and Lisa are lots of little jokes about brick sizes and reality-distorting science fiction. » 5/05/14 11:36am 5/05/14 11:36am

Would You Have Sex with a Robot?

Ads for the computer love story Her are everywhere, and it makes me wonder about the ethics of sex robots. Would I ever have sex with one? Or would I find it ooky and gross — in a moral sense, but also aesthetically and erotically? Here's what I decided. » 1/16/14 9:00am 1/16/14 9:00am

In Ken Liu's new story, a text adventure game becomes a thing of wonder

Ken Liu mashes together so many things in his new story "The Clockwork Soldier," over at Clarkesworld: a Scheherazade riff, a Zork-style text adventure, a strange fairy tale, and a Philip K. Dick-inspired tale of android sentience. And he makes it all come together beautifully. » 1/03/14 3:20pm 1/03/14 3:20pm

Great Lost Manuscripts of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Some of the greatest authors of science fiction and fantasy have put words on paper — only to see those words lost or destroyed. Before there were computers, manuscripts got burned or lost in the mail all the time. Here are the famous authors whose books were lost, destroyed, misplaced or erased. » 12/23/13 12:30pm 12/23/13 12:30pm

How being "Bummed and Ugly" helped Alice Sola Kim find Philip K. Dick

Science fiction writer Alice Sola Kim has a terrific personal essay over in Buzzfeed about how she discovered Philip K. Dick when she was 15. And even though you can be totally well-adjusted and fall in love with Dick's vision, being "bummed and ugly" helped her get into his work. » 12/17/13 4:00pm 12/17/13 4:00pm

11 Most Prolific Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of All Time

When you discover a new favorite author, you want to dive in and read all of his or her works — but sometimes, that means a paltry stack of five or six books. And then there are some authors whose output would take years to read. Here are the 11 most prolific science fiction and fantasy authors of all time. » 10/11/13 10:31am 10/11/13 10:31am

10 Myths About Science Fiction (And Why They Matter)

Science fiction is the literature of our times. And that means myths about science fiction are actually myths about the world we live in today. Science fiction explains our gadget-obsessed, social-media-saturated, meta-fictional present. So here are 10 common myths about science fiction, and why they're important. » 10/10/13 10:04am 10/10/13 10:04am

10 Paranoid Science Fiction Stories That Could Help You Survive

It's not just paranoia. They really are watching you. The world we're living in is getting weirder and more dangerous all the time. So it's a good thing science fiction has been stockpiling dark mind-fraks for decades, full of smart survival strategies. Here are 10 paranoid science fiction tales that could keep you… » 8/01/13 10:18am 8/01/13 10:18am

What science fiction author best describes the world we live in now?

The world has moved so fast, our nightmares and fantasies can barely keep up. Science fiction becomes alternate history, or just plain history, at the blink of an eye. But which science fiction author really captures the world we live in today? » 7/30/13 4:00pm 7/30/13 4:00pm

12 Most Unfaithful Movie Versions of Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Tomorrow, Max Brooks' acclaimed novel World War Z becomes a movie... well, sort of. They kept the title. Actually, World War Z is just the latest in a long line of films that depart from the books so much, they're basically a brand new story. Here are 12 science fiction and fantasy movies that toss the book out the… » 6/20/13 10:13am 6/20/13 10:13am

A cool and disturbing CG-animated take on A Scanner Darkly

Before Section Eight Productions settled on rotoscoping as the filmmaking technique to bring Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly to the screen, the studio Rustmonkey created this black-and-white, CG test animation for the film. » 5/25/13 11:30am 5/25/13 11:30am

Do authors ever prefer the movie to their own book?

It's common to say that the book is always better than the movie, but sometimes that isn't true. Occasionally, a movie will come along that transforms its source material into something greater than the original. But how often do authors feel that a film adaptation has truly trumped their own work? » 5/05/13 7:00am 5/05/13 7:00am

The winner of the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award has been announced!

The Philip K. Dick Award, for science fiction books originally published in paperback instead of hardcover, has been awarded to Brian Francis Slattery, for his book Lost Everything. Special citation was also given to Andri Snær Magnason's Lovestar. Huge congrats to them both! » 3/31/13 11:00am 3/31/13 11:00am

R.I.P. Paul Williams, pioneering music journalist and Philip K. Dick's…

Paul Williams is probably best known as a rock critic who started the groundbreaking magazine Crawdaddy! as a teenager and sang with Timothy Leary on John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Give Peace a Chance." But Williams, who died yesterday after a battle with dementia, also has a major place in science fiction history,… » 3/28/13 2:00pm 3/28/13 2:00pm