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Philip K. Dick
I wonder if there’s anybody in XT who likes his works? I quess most of you have at least heard of him. He is believed to be the best American sci-fi writer ever. Philip Kendred Dick was born in 1928 and died in 1982. He had quite a controversial life, being a regular drug user and having frequent mental problems. He was a profilic writer, producing 44 novels and many short stories.
The peak of his writing career was in 60's/early 70's, when he wrote about 2 books per year. His main originality compared to other Western sci-fi writers were the shifting realitys and the existential questions in his books. There are many ideas influenced by Buddhist and Taoist way of thinking. His creation wasn't restricted to a certain time and space and usually it was rather impossible to throughoutly "understand" the plot line. I would say that the style he wrote in was a cognitive sci-fi, most of his books weren't very rational.
He is not among my favourite writers, but he certainly has some excellent ideas. The quality of his books is rather unstable. From these 5 books what I've read from him, the best have been The Man in a High Castle and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch .
The Man in a High Castle is an alternative history novel. The Allies have lost the WWII and USA has been divided between Japan and Germany. The book mostly takes place in the West Coast of USA where the Japanese are the new aristocracy. The U.S., who in real life is smothering other countries with their mass culture, is in that book in the verge of cultural collapse, glorifiying the Japanese way of living. There are many other „backwards“ parrallels to the real history. It is very well-written book, probably his best.
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch is taking place somewhere in the middle of 21st century. The Earth is suffering the effects of global warming and it is impossible to survive without powerful cooling systems everywhere. The Solar system is colonized and drafted, unwilling colonists are sent to Mars, Io and Ganymedes, where they spend most of the time under the influence of a drug called Can-D. Soon the new drug named Chew-Z hits the market. It is made frojm lichen brought from Proxima star system by a man named Palmer Eldritch. The users of the drug enter the world created by Palmer Eldritch, where they can repair the mistakes done in their life. In this world, Palmer Eldritch is God, but not almighty one. This book concentrates on questions about the cause and effect and what is reality and what is not, also the power of religious beliefs.
Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? And….it’s the football, that’s the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim