Daily Archives: 12/02/2003

The Second Coming of Philip K. Dick

Wired 11.12: The Second Coming of Philip K. Dick is an excellent piece about the surge in popularity being enjoyed by Philip Dick, over two decades after his death. His vision of reality and the future is prevalent in Hollywood: Blade Runner, Minority Report, The Matrix movies, Memento, The Truman Show, The Thirteenth Floor, Dark City, the list goes on and on. His ideas permeate creative thought these days. What is reality, what is perception, how do we tell the difference?

“Dick gives us a vision of the future that captures the feel of our time. He didn’t really care about robots or space travel, though they sometimes turn up in his stories. He wrote about ordinary Joes caught in a web of corporate domination and ubiquitous electronic media, of memory implants and mood dispensers and counterfeit worlds.”

“Like the babbling psychics who predict future crimes in Minority Report, Dick was a precog. Lurking within his amphetamine-fueled fictions are truths that have only to be found and decoded. In a 1978 essay he wrote: ‘We live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups. I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudorealities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives. I distrust their power. It is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.'”

Here, check out some Dickian web sites: