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Philip K. Dick is alive and well in cyberspace

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In his book, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Dick envisioned a world where isolated colonists took a drug in order to inhabit the bodies of a hip yuppie couple. The colonists could have sex, go to the beach and tool around in a flashy sports car — enjoying things they couldn’t do in their desolate surroundings.

Today, we have online, multi-user games such as the Sims Online and Second life, where players from around the world can inhabit characters and enjoy activities perhaps not available to them in their own surroundings. Drugs optional, not required.

No opinion here, just an observation that Philip K. Dick was an exceptionally cool writer who’s brain was way ahead of it’s time. He wrote Three Stigmata in the early 1960s.

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  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    My favourite of PKD is his mainstream novel “Confessions of a Crap Artist”.

    And maybe one of these days a decent movie will be made from one of his books. Aside from Blade Runner, the rest are crap.

  • jadester48

    oh yes. i wait anxiously for a masterpiece of filmmaking called Ubik. a good Ubik film would be ace!
    as for The Sims, i’m sorry, but there are many waaay better games far mor deserving of adulation (and money), most of which do not have more soulless, unimaginative addons than how man years old they are

  • http://www.pkdandroid.com/ Eric

    You may wish to check this out