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"These days, [Philip K.] DIck is widely considered the science-fiction novelist who most accurately foresaw our contemporary world."

-- the Los Angeles Times

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susansugarspun
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Huh. I would say Ballard, hands-down.
shawnabnoxious
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
"Concentration City" blew my mind. I got into Ballard because of Joy Division and have been REALLY enjoying his shorts. I cant find Vermillion Sands on any map though, I wanna check out those plants in that shop. Get me a singing tulip or something.
matt_ruff
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Ballard definitely does feel more like a resident of the same planet, even when he's describing utterly fantastic settings. I also think his approach to world-building was more comprehensive. Dick seems more apt to focus his creativity on a handful of elements that really interest him, without worrying overmuch about the big picture.
markbourne
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
In that case, I'm going back to bed now to quiver a while.
yendi
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Don't look now, but the person sitting next to you on the bus might be a replicant.
shawnabnoxious
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
I KNOW he is a replicant.
shawnabnoxious
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
PKD.
Right away I could say I agree with this statement even though I may change my mind when I work through BALLARDS short stories a bit more... Books like THE PENULTIMATE TRUTH, DARKLY, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, VALIS,FLOW MY TEARS and my favorite RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH remind me (somewhat) of the modern world that I see around me.

I will admit, when I finished reading VALIS and then there I was watching a FELIX THE CAT cartoon and things worked out from where Felix went from being locked into a dungeon to eventually being king... with the episode ending in the kingdom chanting "King Felix! King Felix! King Felix!" I began to wonder about my own sanity.

Especially since VALIS ended a year where I read 12 PKD novels in a row... So maybe my opinion is tainted...
scarlettina
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Well, you know, that's if you believe that any of the movies based on his books actually had something to do with his books. And um...

Okay, I'll be over here, in my safe room, trying not to freak out.
shawnabnoxious
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know about those adaptations... I wish someone would make a DO ANDROIDS DREAM movie, or mini series based on the BOOK the way it was supposed to be. BLADERUNNER was cool, but wow, the book was AMAZING.
matt_ruff
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of both Androids and Blade Runner and agree that a more faithful adaptation of the novel would be welcome. I just don't think the book (or the existing film) have much of a connection to the contemporary world.

I'd describe Android's setting as a fairly stock '70s-era dystopian Earth with some uniquely Dickian flourishes. It doesn't feel prescient to me, it feels anachronistic -- which is fine, because I think its virtues lie elsewhere.
shawnabnoxious
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
When reading the book, A SCANNER DARKLY definitely felt 70's to me in many ways. Hell, the movie even felt 70's... But by time I read ANDROIDS, I had seen BLADERUNNER many times and took scenes from that to fulfill my minds-eye of what the book was. I couldnt shake it either... On Subsequent reads, I tried to no avail. Maybe, i will try again though sometime soon.
scarypudding
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I hope this means our friends from Frolix 8 are arriving real soon now.
akirlu
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
"...among literary mollusks."

Seriously, widely considered by whom? Passive voice is the Devil's whirligig, man.
zarathud
Jan. 27th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
Probably by people who don't read SF, but have heard that PKD is, like, important and stuff.
starling321
Jan. 27th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
What about Vernor Vinge in True Names?
mnamanarayana
Jan. 28th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
I think the LA Times means - wait, I mean I hope the LA Times means - that Phil saw a world where we weren't sure what was real and what was not and he wrote about living in and around that uncertainty. That is truly the case - the world gets more Phildickian every day. Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a case of someone independently coming up with the idea of memory not reflecting reality and questioning which is 'really real'.

If the LA Times means we're all on Mars playing with Perky Pat dolls...then they're probably wrong...but on the other hand, can I really trust my memory on this one?

shawnabnoxious
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
No. Memory's are not to be trusted because 'history', and 'right now'... are CREATIVE. Find a revelry in it.
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