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A Life of Philip K. Dick: The Man Who Remembered the Future

A Life of Philip K. Dick: The Man Who Remembered the Future [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Peake
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Philip K. Dick was a writer who drew upon his own life to address the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia and transcendental experiences of all kinds. More than 10 major Hollywood movies are based on his work including Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau. Born in 1929 just before the Great Crash, Dick's twin sister died when she was a month old and his parents were divorced by the time he was three. In his teens, he began to show the first signs of mental instability, but by then he was already producing fiction writing of a visionary nature.

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Anthony Peake is a graduate of the University of Warwick and a postgraduate of the London School of Economics. His paradigm-changing concept 'Cheating the Ferryman' was first presented in an academic paper published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies in 2004. Since publication of his first three books -- Is There Life After Death?, The Daemon and The Labyrinth of Time -- Anthony has been in demand as a public speaker across the UK and Europe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3184 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus (9 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact-Philled 30 Jan 2014
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This is a brilliantly researched account of the life and work of a truly intriguing person. May leave more questions unanswered but fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed 23 Dec 2013
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An interesting book about a fascinating subject. Fans of PKD and/or Peake need not hesitate. It is easy, however, to be irritated with this author - with all the information easily available, why can't he even be bothered to get famous people's names right? Anybody heard of bandleader Glen Miller? Or rock singer Neal Young? Maybe they are relatives of famous psychologist Karl Jung, from Peake's first book? Dick's classic novel Now Wait for Last Year is here constantly (banally) referred to as Now Wait for Next Year, even in the notes section and index.

Peake is equally casual with dates - a major problem when the writing time of any Dick novel is cited as evidence of the author's precognitive abilities. The first two thirds of the book are a straightforward biography of PKD, rather inferior to Sutin's Divine Invasions, though with interesting details. Often, however, one wonders why Peake has selected these particular details above others, as little is made of them. Neither does Peake exhibit a profound understanding of Dick's literary qualities, indeed his acquaintance with this author seems to be of a fairly recent date.

While the general scholarship fails to impress, the book scores in its final third, where Dick's ideas, especially centered around his famous VALIS experience, are seen in relation to newer mind/brain research, neuroscience and personality models. This makes for fascinating reading, as do the extracts from Dick's letters and his monumental Exegesis.

An entertaining read. 4 stars, with reservations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating and highly thought-provoking! 20 Oct 2013
A stunning read which genuinely adds to our understanding of Phil. New light is shed on many key events in Phil's life (including the famous Pink Beam) and Tony skillfully negotiates Phil's penchant for 'elaboration' in order that we might stay true to the facts.

This book is in two main sections - the first gives us the life of Philip K Dick from cradle to grave and the second analyses what we might make of Phil's ideas and experiences. Tony Peake is ideally placed to explore and offer such interpretations as he has been (for a long while now) digging in areas which have now 'joined up' with Phil's many excavations. Tony has the advantage of all of the scientific breakthroughs which have taken place since Phil's death in 1982 (not to mention all the new publications which share new research). He puts these to good use - shedding new light old currencies.

The implications of this book are as far reaching as VALIS precisely because they take VALIS seriously.

The biography section is skillfully written, taking us through Phil's life. One feels his hurts when life is difficult - and one sympathizes with others whom HE obviously hurts. This is a real life with all of its faults and foibles. The story of a brilliant and gifted man struggling to earn a living and sometimes creating his own relationship problems.

A GREAT book about a complex, gifted, demanding, charming, brilliant, duplicitous, creative, loving, hurtful, highly intelligent man who happened to write fiction which playfully explored questions of the very highest order. PKD reached well past his own century. This 'biography' shows the man in all his complexity.

A must have for any serious PKD fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile for PKD fans 28 July 2014
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Interesting and highly readable.
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