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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. 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.Born in Chicago, Dick moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with his family at a young age. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip K. Dick has received more than 8,096,586 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Philip K. Dick is the 237th most popular writer (up from 242nd in 2019), the 209th most popular biography from United States (up from 211th in 2019) and the 22nd 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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Among writers, Philip K. Dick ranks 237 out of 5,755Before him are Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Lu Xun, Mary Wollstonecraft, Anna Wintour, François de La Rochefoucauld, and Anna Akhmatova. After him are Coen brothers, Torquato Tasso, Doris Lessing, Nelly Sachs, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, and Jacob Grimm.

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Among people born in 1928, Philip K. Dick ranks 13Before him are Noam Chomsky, Ariel Sharon, Eduard Shevardnadze, James Watson, Chinghiz Aitmatov, and Serge Gainsbourg. After him are Zbigniew Brzezinski, Osamu Tezuka, Jeanne Moreau, Rinus Michels, Yves Klein, and Didi. Among people deceased in 1982, Philip K. Dick ranks 11Before him are Romy Schneider, Ingrid Bergman, Carl Orff, Arthur Rubinstein, Roman Jakobson, and Henry Fonda. After him are Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Anna Freud, Erving Goffman, Vasily Chuikov, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Jacques Tati.

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Among people born in United States, Philip K. Dick ranks 209 out of 18,182Before him are Henry Fonda (1905), David Rockefeller (1915), Christopher Reeve (1952), Edward Thorndike (1874), Jesse Owens (1913), and Mel Gibson (1956). After him are Charlton Heston (1923), Coen brothers (null), Buster Keaton (1895), J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), Quentin Tarantino (1963), and Miles Davis (1926).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Philip K. Dick ranks 22Before him are John Steinbeck (1902), Emily Dickinson (1830), Herman Melville (1819), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Ray Bradbury (1920), and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803). After him are Coen brothers (null), Walt Whitman (1819), Henry Miller (1891), Margaret Mitchell (1900), Mario Puzo (1920), and Raymond Chandler (1888).