Yes, as someone who has read over thirty of Dick's novels, I can honestly say that this book offers insights into not only The Valis Trilogy, and Radio Free Albemuth, but his earlier works as well.
Some may say that Dick is not only playing at being a prophet, but that he is actively revising the scope and the ideas that made his late work in the 60's - inducing such novels as Ubik, and the Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - so accessible and popular. There was always an element of Judea-Christian guilt present in his earlier novels, and anyone who has read his stories from the 1950's knows that he blended a sort of
Dick himself. In many ways this is a solipsistic journey, something that Dick readily admits to in the Exegesis.
He is able to capture the tone of Dick's thoughts, and reads them with aplomb. He does well in switching from the narrative, to the editors note - here his tone is mostly academic, but at times irreverent.
This is not a biography so much as look into a specific, and ever more increasing single aspect of Dick's life. I think the editors do well to include certain indispensable biographical details, but this really is not the focus of the work.
If you are a true fan, read it.
I read it 10 years ago... one of my least favorite Dick books at the time, but the Audio version by Brilliance Audio is brilliant, like all their newest Dick titles,
While there is a common thread with all of Dick's book's, but this one is particularly enigmatic... I know of no other book where there are fashion designers churning out bogus weapons in a bogus arms race, although there are "pre-fash" designers in The 3 Stigmata, not for weapons but for layouts, and there is the very common Dickian theme of a bogus arms race to dupe the populace... But this is a brilliantly conceived work... takes a while to unwind, but if you like dick, you'll love this book.
Captures the various characters with a great range of Sellers-like tricks. Fantastic.
Buy it's a bargain, so you don"t have to use your credits!
Yes. These are great snapshots, not only of the creative process, but a good look into Gibson's unique perceptions - he is not so much hard-sci-fi as he is social-sci. As his work matured he became more aware of the science around him and the social consequences thereof.
Gibson himself - a fascinating, humble man.
His admitting that he new very little of the cutting edge technology and that his work was more speculative - he look at human behavior in the advent of this technology
Read it! if you love Gibson, or if you want a fresh perspective on the creator of a good sci-fi.
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