Philip Dick addressed the fragile nature of existence. His stories not only pushed the boundaries of the science-fiction genre, but also made the readers question their own world and their place within it. There are no traditional heroes in his books, just largely ordinary people who find themselves in extra-ordinary situations and alternative worlds. His writing style is straight-forward and uncomplicated, focusing on the narrative of the story and fast moving plots.
His books have entered more mainstream audiences through several film adaptations, including Bladerunner, Total Recall and Minority Report. This has created popular acclaim and a much broader audience for his work. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the literary source of Bladerunner) is typical of Dick's work. In it, he tells the story of a bounty hunter who tracks down rogue androids on a dying planet inhabited by the dregs of society.
Dick's subjects are invariably bleak. Dick challenges many of our traditional views of the world throughout his books, tackling issues of mental health, drug use and draconian governments.
Dick was a profuse and productive writer, with more than fifty novels and collections of short stories from a career spanning three decades. At auction, a number of his titles attract significant prices. A first edition of The Man in the High Castle from 1962 realized $2,800 and a first edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? earning $5,750.
Dick has left us with an impressive legacy in the science fiction field. As well as creating iconic titles and annual literary awards in his name, he was able to raise the bar in the genre by moving away from one-dimensional stories about the future and introducing more thought-provoking works. Little wonder then that his books attract such collectible interest.
Dick, Philip K. A Handful of Darkness. Rich wan, London (1955). first issue in the blue binding and with the dust jacket priced at 10s 6d; Second issue in second state dustwrapper, priced 6 shillings and sixpence to inner flap withWorld of Chance listed to rear panel
Dick, Philip K. World of Chance. Rich wen, London (1956). First Issue dustjacket has the printed price present with minor wear to the spine and edges
Dick, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle. Putnam, New York (1962). First Printing with theD 36 code printed on page 239; Hugo award winner for best novel, 1963
Dick, Philip K. Dangerous Visions. Simon and Schuster, New York (1967). A collection of 33 stories selected by Ellison; Additionally signed by 10 other contributors, all Hugo Award winners, each at their contribution, including Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Philip Jose Farmer, Larry Niven, Fritz Lieber, Poul Anderson, Damon Knight, Theodore Sturgeon, John Brunner, and Roger Zelazny
Dick, Philip K. The Penultimate Truth. Jonathan Cape, London (1967). First Issue points present with minor wear to the spine
Dick, Philip K. Ubik. Doubleday, New York (1969). First edition stated on copyright page and1969 on the title page
Dick, Philip K. A Maze of Death. DoubleDay, New York (1970). First edition stated on copyright page and1970 on the title page; Printing codeL21 on page 216
Dick, Philip K. The Preserving Machine and Other Stories. Gollancz, London (1971). Collects fourteen stories; drops one story,What the Dead Men Say,
Dick, Philip K. Confessions of A Crap Artist. Entwhistle Books, New York (1975). Toatal 1000 copies; 500 in hardcover; 90 signed and numbered
Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Doubleday, New York (1977). First edition stated on copyright page and1977 on the title page; Printing codeG51 on page 216
Dick, Philip K. A Handful of Darkness. Gregg Press, Boston (1978). New introduction by Richard A. Lupoff;
Dick, Philip K. Clans of the Alphane Moon. Gregg Press, Boston (1979). New introduction by Robert Silverberg;
Dick, Philip K. Counter-Clock World. Gregg Press, Boston (1979). Includes a new introduction by David G Hartwell ;
Dick, Philip K. The Zap Gun. Gregg Press, Boston (1979). New introduction by Charles Platt;
Dick, Philip K. PKD a Philip K. Dick Bibliography. Underwood and Miller, San Francisco (1981). 233 copies; 200 copies for sale.
Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. Simon and Schuster, NY (1981). first printing (with10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 stated on the copyright page)
Dick, Philip K. Ubik - The Screenplay. Corroboree Press, US (1985). 50 copies; book is also signed by Paul Williams [introduction], Tim Powers [foreword], Doug Rice [color illustrations], Val-Lakey Lindhan and Ron Lindhan [black and white illustrations and endpapers], Ripley Sue Thornhill and Ira M. Thornhill [book designers].
Dick, Philip K. The Collected Stories. Underwood Miller, Columbia (1987). The five volumes are individually titled: Beyond Lies The Wub, Second Variety, The Father-Thing, The Days of Perky Pat, and The Little Black Box; 500 copies, 100 copies specially bound in imitation leather with marbled endpapers and inserted limitation leaf with mounted Dick signature [cut from a canceled check].
Dick, Philip K. VALIS. Kerosina, Worcester Park (1987). New afterword by Kim Stanley Robinson; 250 copies
Dick, Philip K. In Pursuit of Valis : Selections from the Exegesis. Underwood-Miller, Novato (1991). 250 copies; With an Introduction by Jay Kinney and an Afterword by Terrence McKenna
Dick, Philip K. The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick 1975 - 1976. Underwood/Miller, Novato (1992). 250 numbered copies signed by intro-writer Tim Powers
Dick, Philip K. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York (2011). 1st Printing (Numberline to1) ; unusual three signatures personally obtained by bookseller -- Isa Dick Hackett (daughter of Philip Dick) and editors of the book, Pmaela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem