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What If Our World is Their Heaven: The Final Conversations of Philip K Dick Hardcover – 15 Jan 2001
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"'Anyone who has been drawn into the paranoid, hallucinatory premises of Dick's fiction... will enjoy spending time with one of science fiction's most unconventional minds' Gerald Jonas, The New York Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Gwen Lee is a journalist and freelance writer. She lives in Oceanside, California. Elaine Sauter met Philip K. Dick in 1972, and knew him until his death in 1983. She is a journalist and freelance writer, and has lectured widely on the horror and science fiction genres. She lives in Dallas, Texas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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There are plenty of Blade Runner pages for those who like this film and want to find out more about the making and Dick's reaction to his Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I read it in four sittings and found it a real page turner as his conversations were rapid and energetic. I have since brought Blade Runner (The Director's Cut).
If anyone is interested, the recurring female Femme Fatal in a number of his books, I think around seven, appears to represent his own mother.
I think that this is a good book in that it shows PKD as a man first and foremost and as a writer by inclination, rather than by trade (if you see what I mean). Certainly, his methodology of writing his stories is NOT something you should try at home, and probably contributed to his demise (although that's just my thoughts there). PKD was a complex character, just like the rest of us, really, and these transcripts show that admirably. There is a bibliography at the end, but there is no annotations, or inferences or analyses given of what was said during the course of these conversations; there are just fore words by people who respected him as both a man and a writer.
Well worth a read.
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Whatever, this book is a must read for anyone who wants to probe the depths of the PKD spirit. Here Dick laid out the plotline and central character, Ed Firmley, for his next great novel, THE OWL IN DAYLIGHT. Who needs more of it actually written? Any reader can fill in the blanks. Dick was taking the next giant step to solving the puzzle of man's existence here on earth. By positing the existence of this Nanoman race from a planet without music or sound, Dick set up the premise for another brilliant novel.
The very notion that an other world Nanoman, could implant himself via biochip into Ed Firmley's brain is ground breaking. That this would transform this hack musician into a Beethoven like composer is a light year ahead of man's current understanding of himself. What a gas that Firmley would then make the choice to allow himself to implanted into the brain of this celestial Entity. Yes, Firmley did have to exchange this puny earthly existence for a world constructed from rainbow colors. But to him it was like dying and going to heaven.
The text is very interesting and offers insight into the mind of one of the greatest philosophers of all time.
Go down the rabbit hole with him, and you will not regret it.
Transcribed uhsand ahs...so you get everything he said,''