Divine Invasions

Divine Invasions

A Life of Philip K. Dick

Book - 1989
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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 (booknews.com)
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c1989.
ISBN: 9780517572047
Branch Call Number: B Dick
Characteristics: xiv, 352 p. : 24 cm.


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Apr 24, 2018

An in depth biography about an insufferably complex man, Divine Invasions was far from boring, but it definitely got tedious on more than a few occasions.
Struggling with issues of addiction, neurosis, codependency, and possibly schizophrenia, all while cranking out a constant stream of innovative scifi and uncategorizable fiction novels and changing wives as if they were articles of clothing, Philip K. Dick's life often reads like a mishmash of chaotic (and often unrelated) activity. Add to this an astounding level of knowledge about philosophy, mythology, psychology, and literature, intermittent periods of various substance abuse, and paranoia regarding government surveillance, and any reader should be forgiven for feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, Lawrence Sutin treats his subject sympathetically without sugar-coating his many flaws. If you're interested in the life and writing of Philip K. Dick, or the nature of speculative fiction, this isn't a bad book to pick up.


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