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What If Our World Is Their Heaven?:  The Final Conversations of Philip K. Dick

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What If Our World Is Their Heaven?: The Final Conversations of Philip K. Dick

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Author: Gwen Lee
Doris Elaine Sauter
Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Overlook Press, 2000
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Genre: Science-Fiction
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A revealing look into the life and final work of science fictions answer to Borges (Ursula K. Le Guin).

In the field of science fiction, the work of Philip K. Dick is unparalleled. Through books like Valis and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (later filmed by Ridley Scott as Blade Runner) his appeal and influence has reached the world over, creating the standard for the literary science fiction novel.

In November of 1982, six months before the authors death, journalist Gwen Lee recorded the first of several in-depth discussions with Philip K. Dick, discussions that continued over the course of the next three months. The subjects touched upon included the specifics of his writing process, his enthusiastic response to the scenes and trailers hed seen of Blade Runner (he never lived to see the finished film), and accounts of his religious experiences. But the greatest amount of time was devoted to discussions of his next novel, a book he called Owl in Daylight, a book he would never get the chance to write. A tale steeped in mysticism, biotechnology, and the relationship between music and language, it was to be his masterpiece.

These extraordinary interviews are filled with the wit and aplomb characteristic of Dicks writing, helping make What If Our World Is Their Heaven? not only an engaging read, but a unique and compelling historical document. It will be a must read for anyone interested in the field of science fiction.


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