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About the Author: Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.

In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, ten of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.

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Paperback, Published in May 1999 by Voyager

ISBN10: 0006482856 | ISBN13: 9780006482857

Page count: 286

A preliminary to Dick's masterwork, Valis, in which Phil appears as an explicitly named autobiographical character for the 1st time. Soon to be a major new film: As America gasps in the stranglehold of a skull-crushing totalitarian regime, a supernatural intelligence speaks from the stars! ARAMCHEK! the word scratched in the sidewalk of the President's childhood home. ARAMCHEK! the name of the subversive society 'with no official membership' whose sole purpose is to overthrow the US government. ARAMCHEK! the word printed on a book which contains the President's signature--a book in the hands of a Communist Party organiser. ARAMCHEK! the name of a woman who may hold the key--& who has only weeks to live. Will the agents of the omniscient Valis succeed in their mission of liberation? Or will the seek-and-destroy tactics of President Ferris F. Freemont extend the mind-numbing grip of the Antagonist across the parameters of the free world? In Radio Free Albemuth, his last novel, Dick morphed & recombined themes that had informed his fiction from A Scanner Darkly to VALIS & produced a wild, impassioned work that reads like a visionary alternate history of the USA. Agonizingly suspenseful, darkly hilarious & filled with enough conspiracy theories to thrill the most hardened paranoid, Radio Free Albemuth is proof of Dick's stature as our century's greatest sf writer. This prophetic novel of social control & political oppression is being turned into a major new movie starring Alanis Morrissette.

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