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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What's your favorite Philip K. Dick book?

The Guardian runs an article in which writers are asked to name their favorite Philip K. Dick book. Nicola Barker picks Puttering About in a Small Land. Michael Moorcock likes Time Out of Joint. Adam Roberts likes Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 

Supergee blogs and reveals that Time Out of Joint is his favorite, too.  In a perhaps mild synchronicity, I was going to write Val D'Orazio, the Butterfly Language writer, and as her for a favorite. But before I could, she posted her "desert island books" and two of the six are Dick books:  Exegesis and VALIS. Ted Hand likes Galactic Pot Healer.

My favorite (so far — I've read several but have plenty left to read) is The Man in the High Castle. Not an innovative pick, I'm afraid, but I re-read it a couple of years ago and was knocked out again by how great it was. I like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? too. Obviously, I need to try Time Out of Joint. 


Anonymous said...

PKD himself said that his five favorites of his own book were Eye in the Sky, Time out of Joint, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Ubik, and A Maze of Death, and in a sense they are all the same book. They’re my favorites, too.

Eric Wagner said...

I like The Transmigration of Timothy Archer best.

Chad N. said...

I second Eric. My runner up is Radio Free Albemuth (sp?).

Eric Wagner said...

I also love Radio Free Albemuth. I love all of Dick's last four novels, those two and Valis and The Divine Invasion. I used to read those over and over again.

Adam Gorightly said...

1st place: Do Androids Dream

Runner up: UBIK

Honorable mention: Radio Free Albemuth

Just for the kicks: Counter Clock World