Philip K. Dick

1928 - 1982

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Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982), often referred to by his initials PKD, was an American science fiction writer and novelist. He wrote 44 novels and about 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. His fiction explored varied philosophical and social questions such as the nature of reality, perception, human nature, and identity, and commonly featured characters struggling against elements such as alternate realities, illusory environments, monopolistic corporations, drug abuse, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip K. Dick has received more than 9,245,723 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Philip K. Dick is the 287th most popular writer (down from 237th in 2019), the 246th most popular biography from United States (down from 209th in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Writer.

Philip K. Dick is most famous for his science fiction novels, which often explore the nature of reality and what it means to be human.

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Notable Works

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Man in the High Castle
Flow my tears, the policeman said
A record-breaking high school track phenom and his coach uncover a conspiracy extending far beyond the sports world, while training for Olympic gold. Action packed fiction with mysterious drug test results, a psychic teenager, a beautiful sports lawyer, and more.
Martian Time Slip
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch


Among writers, Philip K. Dick ranks 287 out of 7,302Before him are Paul Heyse, Mary Wollstonecraft, Alfonso X of Castile, William Golding, Alberto Moravia, and Paul Valéry. After him are Marcus Terentius Varro, Gerhart Hauptmann, Emily Dickinson, Arthur C. Clarke, Pearl S. Buck, and Carl Spitteler.

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Among people born in 1928, Philip K. Dick ranks 16Before him are Eduard Shevardnadze, Serge Gainsbourg, James Watson, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Roger Vadim, and Osamu Tezuka. After him are Karlheinz Stockhausen, Rinus Michels, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Didi, Jeanne Moreau, and Yves Klein. Among people deceased in 1982, Philip K. Dick ranks 11Before him are Romy Schneider, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Fonda, Carl Orff, Roman Jakobson, and Arthur Rubinstein. After him are Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Anna Freud, Vasily Chuikov, Erving Goffman, and Khalid of Saudi Arabia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Philip K. Dick ranks 246 out of 20,380Before him are Charlton Heston (1923), Samuel Colt (1814), John Ford (1894), Noah Webster (1758), Frank Zappa (1940), and John Rawls (1921). After him are David Lynch (1946), Emily Greene Balch (1867), Jay Leno (1950), Barbra Streisand (1942), Emily Dickinson (1830), and Robert Forster (1941).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Philip K. Dick ranks 21Before him are Dale Carnegie (1888), Ray Bradbury (1920), Herman Melville (1819), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Arthur Miller (1915), and Walt Whitman (1819). After him are Emily Dickinson (1830), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Gertrude Stein (1874), Coen brothers (null), David Woodard (1964), and Henry Miller (1891).