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Philip K. Dick

Datum narození: 16. prosinec 1928
Datum úmrtí: 2. březen 1982

Philip Kindred Dick byl americký spisovatel science fiction.

Americký spisovatel, který svým ojedinělým stylem psaní upoutal nesčetné množství čtenářů po celém světě: on a jeho díla se stala doslova kultovními. Avšak jeho začátky nebyly lehké – jeho díla nebyla populární a nebyl o ně zájem a Dick žil v chudobě.

„No tools. He doesn't build anything or utilize anything outside himself. He just stands and waits for the right opportunity and then he runs like hell.“

—  Philip K. Dick

The Golden Man (1954)
Kontext: "We were always afraid a mutant with superior intellectual powers would come along," Baines said reflectively. "A deeve who would be to us what we are to the great apes. Something with a bulging cranium, telepathic ability, a perfect semantic system, ultimate powers of symbolization and calculation. A development along our own path. A better human being."
"He acts by reflex," Anita said wonderingly. She had the analysis and was sitting at one of the desks studying it intently. "Reflex — like a lion. A golden lion." She pushed the tape aside, a strange expression on her face. "The lion god."
"Beast," Wisdom corrected tartly. "Blond beast, you mean."
"He runs fast," Baines said, "and that's all. No tools. He doesn't build anything or utilize anything outside himself. He just stands and waits for the right opportunity and then he runs like hell."
"This is worse than anything we've anticipated," Wisdom said. His beefy face was lead-gray. He sagged like an old man, his blunt hands trembling and uncertain. "To be replaced by an animal! Something that runs and hides. Something without a language!" He spat savagely. "That's why they weren't able to communicate with it. We wondered what kind of semantic system it had. It hasn't got any! No more ability to talk and think than a — dog."

„It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.“

—  Philip K. Dick, kniha VALIS

Varianta: What he did not know then is that it is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.
Zdroj: VALIS (1981)

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„Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn't go away.“

—  Philip K. Dick, kniha I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon

VALIS (1981)
Zdroj: I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon

„I'm not much, but I'm all I have.“

—  Philip K. Dick, kniha Martian Time-Slip

Zdroj: Martian Time-Slip (1964)

„My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression.“

—  Philip K. Dick, kniha Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Zdroj: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

„Can any of us fix anything? No. None of us can do that. We're specialized.“

—  Philip K. Dick

"The Variable Man" (1952), The Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick, v.1: The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford (1987)
Kontext: Can any of us fix anything? No. None of us can do that. We're specialized. Each one of us has his own line, his own work. I understand my work, you understand yours. The tendency in evolution is toward greater and greater specialization. Man's society is an ecology that forces adaptation to it. Continued complexity makes it impossible for us to know anything outside our own personal field — I can't follow the work of the man sitting at the next desk over from me. Too much knowledge has piled up in each field. And there are too many fields.

„Van Vogt influenced me so much because he made me appreciate a mysterious chaotic quality in the universe which is not to be feared.“

—  Philip K. Dick

As quoted in "Vertex Interviews Philip K. Dick" by Arthur Byron Cover, in Vertex, Vol. 1, no. 6 (February 1974) http://2010philipkdickfans.philipkdickfans.com/frank/vertexin.htm
Kontext: I started reading SF when I was about twelve and I read all I could, so any author who was writing about that time, I read. But there's no doubt who got me off originally and that was A. E. van Vogt. There was in van Vogt's writing a mysterious quality, and this was especially true in The World of Null A. All the parts of that book did not add up; all the ingredients did not make a coherency. Now some people are put off by that. They think that's sloppy and wrong, but the thing that fascinated me so much was that this resembled reality more than anybody else's writing inside or outside science fiction. … reality really is a mess, and yet it's exciting. The basic thing is, how frightened are you of chaos? And how happy are you with order? Van Vogt influenced me so much because he made me appreciate a mysterious chaotic quality in the universe which is not to be feared.

„Anyhow, even if they agreed to lead us, I felt uneasy as where we would wind up going.“

—  Philip K. Dick

Story notes for The Golden Man (1953), in the short story anthology The Golden Man (1980)
Kontext: Here I am saying that mutants are dangerous to us ordinaries, a view which John W. Campbell, Jr. deplored. We were supposed to view them as our leaders. But I always felt uneasy as to how they would view us. I mean, maybe they wouldn't want to lead us. Maybe from their superevolved lofty level we wouldn't seem worth leading. Anyhow, even if they agreed to lead us, I felt uneasy as where we would wind up going. It might have something to do with buildings marked SHOWERS but which really weren't.

„Cris didn't want to play. He never played.“

—  Philip K. Dick

The Golden Man (1954)
Kontext: Cris didn't want to play. He never played. He was off in a world of his own, a world into which none of them could come. He never joined in anything, games or chores or family activities. He was by himself always. Remote, detached, aloof. Seeing past everyone and everything — that is, until all at once something clicked and he momentarily rephased, reentered their world briefly.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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