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Philip Kindred Dick

  • Birth 16 Dec 1928 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 2 Mar 1982 Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
  • Burial Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot Section K, block 1, lot 56
  • Memorial ID 1490

Writer. Born prematurely, he was one of a set of fraternal twins. The other, Jane, died when they were six weeks old. It was a loss that he would feel deeply for the rest of his life and would shape his future work. After his parent’s divorce, he went to Berkley, CA with his mother and would later attend the University of California. The college did not suit him, and he would eventually dropped out. He would claim that he discovered Science Fiction at the age of twelve and knew that this was what he wanted to create. In order to make a living while trying to become a writer he worked for businessman Herb Hollis who would be come a father-figure and inspiration for him. He also met the SF editor Anthony Boucher, who mentored him and gave him a start in his chosen field. Dick would eventually write several novels and short stories. Among them were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (which was the basis for the film Blade Runner), “Total Recall,” “The Minority Report,” “Screamers,” “Imposter,” “Confessions of a Crap Artist,” and “Paycheck”. All of these were made into motion pictures. His “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch” was a personal favorite of John Lennon’s who discussed making a film of it with Dick. He received the Hugo Award, one of science fiction’s highest honors, for his book “The Man in the High Castle.” His works also garnered him two British Science Fictions Prizes and John W. Campbell Memorial Award. In the early 1970’s, he claimed to have had a mystical vision that altered his philosophy of life and would impact his later work particularly the book “Valis.” Many of his critics claimed this vision was fueled by the mental illness that he was diagnosed with in his youth. He did appear to suffer from a psychiatric disorder through out his life. It may have been an explaination for some of his behavior and contributed to why he had five failed marriages. He died as a result of a series of strokes and heart failure.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Philip Kindred Dick (16 Dec 1928–2 Mar 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1490, citing Riverside Cemetery, Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .