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A Life of Philip K. Dick Philip K. Dick was a hugely influential writer who drew upon his own life to address the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences of all kinds. He was a prolific author and manyof his books were turned into popular films such as Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, and Minority Report. This book has been written with the cooperation of several close ac Full description

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20 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Peake has written an excellent biography of a genius of contemporary science fiction 29 novembre 2013
Par Brad Steiger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Not only has Anthony Peake written a superb biography of a remarkably talented and multilayered genius of contemporary science fiction, he has done me a personal favor by allowing me to meet the man with whom I had corresponded for many years. When Philip K. Dick initiated a correspondence with me, it was to inform me that his tutelary spirit had told him in a vision to contact me to learn about my theories about individuals who have extraterrestrial encounters and those who claim memories of lives on other worlds or other dimensions. Therefore, our letters and late night telephone conversations, many of which could go on for hours, were philosophical, theological, and mystical. On occasion, there might be a third party on the line, perhaps a visiting editor whom we had in common, but even then, apart from briefly discussing the current literary situation, the conversation always returned to the esoteric, the ontological, and the otherworldly. Never did PKD and I discuss the mundane trappings and bothersome vicissitudes of ordinary life. Shortly after he had seen the roughcut of Blade Runner, PKD began talking of planning a visit to celebrate my February birthday. At last, I would meet the man with whom I had shared dreams, visions, and spiritual encounters--but whom I did not know at all as a person. Our meeting was not to be, for PKD became ill and died in early March 1982. It was not until I read the wonderful biography A Life of Philip K. Dick, The Man Who Remembered the Future by Anthony Peake that I learned just how complex, driven, and brilliant that my friend truly was. Brad Steiger
19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Interesting but flawed 21 janvier 2014
Par Tessa B. Dick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
First, I do not profit in any way from the sales of this book, Second, I do not receive any royalties from the sale of any books by Philip K. Dick. Yes, I was married to him, but I was also divorced from him. I have no financial stake in this whatsoever.

The book has many errors of name, place and date, as well as many typographical errors.

However, the theories presented about the visionary experience of Philip K, Dick interest me profoundly. I read this book with great interest, and I do believe that Mr. Peake's theories offer a new perspective which must be taken seriously. Even though I do not believe that we experience the same lifetime, over and over, as Mr. Peake proposes, I do find some interesting evidence that deja vu is a real experience and not the product of an over-active imagination.

The psychological profile of Philip K. Dick, which was done in the 1950s, is especially enlightening.

I hope to see a second edition with the numerous errors corrected.

Meanwhile, this edition is collectible, in my opinion.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Fun, Fresh look at our favorite SF writer! 17 décembre 2013
Par E. J. Morgan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Speculative fiction (rather than Sci-Fi) is how Phil would want you to read that. And, I think he would want you to read this fresh biography, as well. It has been well received and respected by PKD's widow Tessa. Some might wonder why we need another look at PKD's like and so-called problems.

As an author, Anthony Peake is uniquely qualified to analyze Philip K. Dick’s life. Why? Tony’s ongoing investigations into metaphysical matters, quantum theory, the pineal gland (aka our “third eye”), and The Infinite Mindfield (another new book of his) combined with his long-standing interest and investigation of PKD is perfect. it was a natural progression in Peake's writing. In fact, Tony had already devoted the closing chapter of his first book to Phil. That is The Daemon: A Guide to Your Extraordinary Secret Self. While writing his intervening books on life after death and out of body experiences, it became increasingly apparent to Tony that one man had embodied most, if not all, of these “high strange” experiences. That, of course, was PKD.

In this case you can judge a book by its cover. The layout and organization of this bio is just as appealing beginning with both biography and bibliography of Phil’s novels in the first section, followed by my favorite part—“The Esoteric Explanation.” That includes precognition, time theories, the Zero Point Field, “Daimonic Duality”, and even alien abduction. Part Three is “A Neurological Explanation” that covers much more than the old saw about insanity or multiple personalities. The book ends with an Epiologue on “The Man Behind the Myth.” For the scholars, there are over four hundred endnotes, and a thorough index.

In other words, for anyone who would enjoy knowing more about PKD without reading the 1,000 page Exegesis, this is the fast track to all things Phildickian. Enjoy!!
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Interesting but flawed 23 décembre 2013
Par oleskipper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
An interesting book about a fascinating subject. Fans of PKD and/or Peake need not hesitate. It is easy, however, to be irritated with this author - with all the information easily available, why can't he even be bothered to get famous people's names right? Anybody heard of bandleader Glen Miller? Or rock singer Neal Young? Maybe they are relatives of famous psychologist Karl Jung, from Peake's first book? Dick's classic novel Now Wait for Last Year is here constantly (banally) referred to as Now Wait for Next Year, even in the notes section and index.

Peake is equally casual with dates - a major problem when the writing time of any Dick novel is cited as evidence of the author's precognitive abilities. The first two thirds of the book are a straightforward biography of PKD, rather inferior to Sutin's Divine Invasions, though with interesting details. Often, however, one wonders why Peake has selected these particular details above others, as little is made of them. Neither does Peake exhibit a profound understanding of Dick's literary qualities, indeed his acquaintance with this author seems to be of a fairly recent date.

While the general scholarship fails to impress, the book scores in its final third, where Dick's ideas, especially centered around his famous VALIS experience, are seen in relation to newer mind/brain research, neuroscience and personality models. This makes for fascinating reading, as do the extracts from Dick's letters and his monumental Exegesis.

An entertaining read. 4 stars, with reservations.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The short, turbulent life of the SF writer 8 septembre 2014
Par sft - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The biographical section of this book is interesting and includes some snippets of information I could not recall reading elsewhere. However, I have some concerns about accuracy. There is some ambiguity regarding dates (1952 and 1953 appear interchangeable at one point). He also misnames the Scott Meredith Agency on at least one occasion. And he can also lack clarity at times. At one point he discusses Dick’s love life during his last few years and appears somewhat confused as to the names and circumstances of those involved. A more rigorous editor would no doubt have picked up on these points. But then the book wanders into more contentious realms. In the final sections Peake postulates various explanations for the anomalies in Dick’s life. As something of a sceptic I found some of his musings regarding Dick’s possible precognitive abilities extremely tenuous. Dick was a notorious self-mythologiser and much of his own anecdotal evidence is unreliable to say the least. Peake appears keen to stretch what I suspect is nothing more than coincidence, faulty memory, and self-deception into something mysterious and otherworldly. In particular, the theories regarding the properties of time and how they might explain Dick’s supposed abilities are fascinating but highly speculative. Peake also discusses the possibility that Dick was an alien abductee; another possibility that is diverting but fanciful (I say this as a firm believer in a widely populated, but impossibly large, universe). The sections dealing with possible neurological and psychological explanations are less contentious and perhaps provide a more elegant interpretation of what Dick experienced. Peake, however, favours his more exotic analyses. Personally I would have preferred a more balanced approach to the study of this apocryphal aspect of Dick’s life but at least Peake’s more colourful theories are never dull. In conclusion, this is a book that is by turns fascinating and frustrating, but is definitely worth a read for all Dick aficionados.

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