PKD-13: Thirteen Short Stories (Illustrated & Annotated)

PKD-13: Thirteen Short Stories (Illustrated & Annotated)

by Philip K. Dick

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BN ID: 2940151461450
Publisher: Xanamania Publishing
Publication date: 03/25/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,134,861
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Philip Kindred Dick (PKD) was born December 16, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. His fraternal-twin sister, Jane Charlotte, was born twenty minutes later. Due to a lack of proper medical care, Jane died six weeks later and he barely survived. The trauma of Jane's death would torment the author throughout the rest of his life, and elements of a "phantom twin" and dualism would feature prominently in his writing.

In October 1951, PKD sold his first short story, "Roog," to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, to be published in the November 1953 issue. He would work long hours writing more stories. Additional sales to magazines such as Astounding and Galaxy followed. After he was fired from his Art Music job, he became a full-time writer. PKD hired an agent, Scott Meredith, and was writing and publishing an ever increasing volume of work: four stories in 1952, thirty in 1953, and twenty-eight in 1954. Unfortunately, writing SF stories did not pay well and he felt humiliated barely being able to support himself and his second wife, Kleo. He would live in poverty or near poverty until the 1970s. He continued his voracious reading of literature, with a focus on metaphysical and theological works. He attended the 1954 Science Fiction Worldcon, where he met and befriended a young SF writer named Harlan Ellison. The two would later become close friends.

PKD continued his prolific writing streak, writing over eighty stories and thirteen novels (seven mainstream, six SF) from 1951 to 1958. He was dismayed that while his SF novels would quickly be published, publishers were uninterested in his mainstream novels. He changed his focus from writing stories to writing novels. Two consistent themes emerged in PKD's work: What is human? and What is real?

In the late 1970s, PKD's earnings would increase greatly. He earned $101,000 in 1978 and $75,000 in 1979. In 1981, Ridley Scott directed the classic SF film Blade Runner, based on PKD's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Hollywood studios continued to buy options for films based on his other works.

Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, aged 53, after suffering a stroke and a heart attack. His ashes are buried in Fort Morgan, Colorado, next to his twin sister Jane. He was married and divorced five times and fathered three children: Laura Archer (born February 25, 1960), Isolde Freya (born March 15, 1967), and Christopher Kenneth (born July 25, 1973).

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