The March/April 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!
PHILIP K. DICK (1928-1982) was the surviving twin, and spent his entire life looking for something — fiction, drugs, love, fame, God — to make him whole again. The worlds of PKD’s novels are shattered and detourned, ridiculous and sublime, proximately paranoid and yet sometimes ultimately redemptive. Dick died before his time; his vision of consumer spectacle, political thuggery, and the slim possibility of transcendence fit the late twentieth century perfectly, leading Hollywood to eagerly borrow, and screw up, any number of his great stories. Philip K. Dick saw such rat-bastardry coming.