27 February 2007

Re. Philip K. Dick

I think writers need to be voracious readers.
I have been reading a bizarre book this week: What If Our World Is Their Heaven? The Final Conversations Of Philip K. Dick. It consists of transcribed conversations with Dick shortly before his death. From these conversations I can only deduce he was a deeply disturbed individual. He believed he had precognitive abilities (Minority Report anyone?) among other things. I'm not sure what to make of it all, since I've read MANY of his amazing stories and books including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, and they are all excellent and throught-provoking. Frankly, I'm somewhat flummoxed.

What are you reading these days?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Writers are all crazy-loco.

Oops. Did I just say that out loud?

--Bets

Conduit said...

I just finished Sarah Langan's The Keeper and I enjoyed it immensely. A horror novel that blends the visceral with the cerebral and in the end just gets downright trippy. A+.

Next in the pile is Darkly Dreaming Dexter - it's taken me a while to get to this one and I'm looking forward to it. :)

David Hughes said...

I still need to get to Do Androids . . . I read conduit's choice of Darkly Dreaming Dexter and thought it was good. Certainly one of the most creative protags I've seen.

I just finished rereading Martin's A Storm of Swords, which was even better the second time. Now I'm in the midst of Steven King's Dreamcatcher, which is interesting for me because of its take on aliens.