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Divine invasions : a life of Philip K. Dick
Sutin, Lawrence, 1951-
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New York : Harmony Books, 1989.
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xiv, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PS3554.I3 Z89 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The first biography of the American writer of some of the most bizarre science fiction of the century. Dick (1928-82) wrote the novel on which the movie Blade Runner was based. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Dick, who died in 1982, was one of the most inventive American science fiction writers. His grail-like quest for reality through a chaotic life marked by drug abuse, failed marriages, phobias and suicide attempts yielded dozens of novels and stories exploring such themes as karma, the universe as a unified information system, and the Gnostic concept of evil. In this remarkably candid biography, Sutin cuts back and forth between the messy life and the prolific art, unraveling the inter-connections. In 1974 Dick had a prolonged series of visions; pink rectangles on the walls fired information into his brain; he purportedly began communicating with a superintelligent entity which he named Valis. First book author Sutin doesn't shy away from the weird, darker facets of Dick's personality. A closing chapter summarizes 59 Dick books and rates each on a 1-to-10 scale. Photos. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

``Life with Phil was a roller coaster,'' remembers one of Philip K. Dick's wives. Born in 1928, Dick suffered early episodes of vertigo and agoraphobia. He fueled his adult paranoia with a pharmacopeia of drugs. Bouts of depression alternated with manic partying and obsessive affairs. Yet out of it all emerged challenging science fiction, notably The Man in the High Castle (1962), about an America divided between triumphant Axis forces after World War II. Dick thought of his work as ``indicting the universe as a forgery''; no wonder he burned himself out by his early fifties. Sutin's street-wise biography does the man full justice and should be a hit with Dick's many readers.-- Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.