It’s school time again for me, with a new science fiction class starting last Monday. That means getting to reread old friends, The Stars My Destination and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? They keep getting better. Students are generally amazed how much they like Bester. I’m always amazed how much I like DADOES? I see new things, subtle nuances every time. I’m even starting to like his wacky adverbs. Scary thoughtâ€”maybe I’m turning into Phil Dick. But God, thank God, hasn’t talked to me. Yet.
In reading about Dick on imdb, I came across these Dickisms:
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
You would have to kill me and prop me up in the seat of my car with a smile painted on my face to get me to go near Hollywood.
I’m an obsessive writer and if I don’t get writer’s block I’d overload, short circuit and blow my brain out right away.