Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.
The most brilliant sci-fi mind on any planet - Rolling StoneThe single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick's career - New York TimesHelped shape an entire field of modern fiction: alternate history. It's the definition of genre-defining - GuardianOne of the first examples of what would become Dick s signature style: his stories are complex, featuring regular characters altered by much larger events surrounding them, often influencing their perceptions on reality. - Kirkus ReviewsCalifornia's own William Blake. Visionary and prophet - Daily TelegraphDick's best work, and the most memorable alternative world tale . . . ever written - SCIENCE FICTION: THE 100 BEST NOVELS