Reading List for PhD Minor Exam on the Works of Philip K. Dick

In June 2010, I will take my three PhD exams in the Kent State University English Literature PhD program.  For these exams, I convened a committee of trusted professors, each administering one exam. I choose to take my exams in these areas: 20th Century American Literature (administered by Kevin Floyd), Postmodern Theory (administered by Tammy Clewell), and the Philip K. Dick Canon (administered by Donald “Mack” Hassler). Below, I have included my Philip K. Dick reading list. Go here to read my Postmodern Theory exam list, and here to read my 20th Century American Literature exam list.

PhD Minor Area Exam:  Philip K. Dick’s Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Critical Works

Director:  Donald “Mack” Hassler

Novels by Philip K. Dick, organized by date of composition.

  1. Dick, Philip K. Gather Yourselves Together.  1950.  1994.
  2. —. Voices from the Street.  1952.  2007.
  3. —. Vulcan’s Hammer .  1953.  1960.
  4. —. Dr. Futurity.  1953.  1960.
  5. —. The Cosmic Puppets.  1953.  1957.
  6. —. Solar Lottery.  1954.  1955.
  7. —. Mary and the Giant.  1954.  1987.
  8. —. The World Jones Made.  1954.  1956.
  9. —. Eye in the Sky.  1955.  1957.
  10. —. The Man Who Japed.  1955.  1956.
  11. —. The Broken Bubble.  1956.  1988.
  12. —. Puttering About in a Small Land.  1957.  1985.
  13. —. Time Out of Joint.  1958.  1959.
  14. —. In Milton Lumky Territory.  1958.  1985.
  15. —. Confessions of a Crap Artist.  1959.  1975.
  16. —. The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike.  1960.  1982.
  17. —. Humpty Dumpty in Oakland.  1960.  1986.
  18. —. The Man in the High Castle.  1961.  1962.
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  19. —. We Can Build You.  1962.  1972.
  20. —. Martian Time-Slip.  1962.  1964.
  21. —. Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb.  1963.  1965.
  22. —. The Game-Players of Titan.  1963.  1963.
  23. —. The Simulacra. 1963.  1964.
  24. —. The Crack in Space.  1963.  1966.
  25. —. Now Wait for Last Year.  1963.  1966.
  26. —. Clans of the Alphane Moon.  1964.  1964.
  27. —. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.  1964.  1965.
  28. —. The Zap Gun.  1964.  1967.
  29. —. The Penultimate Truth.  1964.  1964.
  30. —. Deus Irae.  1964.  1976.  (Collaboration with Roger Zelazny).
  31. —. The Unteleported Man.  1964.  1966.  (Republished as Lies, Inc. in 1984).
  32. —. The Ganymede Takeover.  1965.  1967.  (Collaboration with Ray Nelson).
  33. —. Counter-Clock World.  1965.  1967.
  34. —. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 1966.  1968.
  35. —. Nick and the Glimmung.  1966.  1988.
  36. —. Ubik.  1966.  1969.
  37. —. Galactic Pot-Healer.  1968.  1969.
  38. —. A Maze of Death.  1968.  1970.
  39. —. Our Friends from Frolix 8.  1969.  1970.
  40. —. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said.  1970.  1974.
  41. —. A Scanner Darkly.  1973.  1977.
  42. —. Radio Free Albemuth.  1976.  1985.
  43. —. VALIS. 1978.  1981.
  44. —. The Divine Invasion.  1980.  1981.
  45. —. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.  1981.  1982.

Short Fiction by Philip K. Dick, needs elaboration by individual stories.

  1. The Philip K. Dick Reader.  1997.
  2. Robots, Androids, and Mechanical Oddities:  The Science Fiction of Philip K. Dick.  Eds. Patricia S. Warrick and Martin H. Greenberg.  1984.

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick.  2002.

Non-Fiction by Philip K. Dick

  1. Dick, Philip K.  “The Android and the Human.” Vector:  Journal of the British Science Fiction Association 64 (March/April 1973):  5-20.
  2. —. The Dark Haired Girl.  1988.

Critical Works

  1. Fitting, Peter.  “Ubik:  The Deconstruction of Bourgeois SF.” Science Fiction Studies 2:1 (1975).  19 October 2007 <http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/backissues/5/fitting5art.htm&gt;.
  2. Haney, William S. II. Culture and Consciousness:  Literature Regained.  Lewisburg:  Bucknell University Press, 2002.
  3. Kucukalic, Lejla. Philip K. Dick:  Canonical Writer of the Digital Age.  New York:  Routledge, 2009.
  4. Mackey, Douglas A. Philip K. Dick.  Boston:  Twayne Publishers, 1988.
  5. Palmer, Christopher. Philip K. Dick:  Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern.  Liverpool:  Liverpool UP, 2003.
  6. On Philip K. Dick:  40 Articles from Science-Fiction Studies.  <more information>.
  7. Sutin, Lawrence. Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick.  New York:  Carroll & Graf, 2005.
  8. Suvin, Darko.  “P.K. Dick’s Opus:  Artifice as Refuge and World View.” Science Fiction Studies 2:22 (1975).  19 October 2007 <http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/backissues/5/suvin5art.htm&gt;.
  9. Vest, Jason P. The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick.  Lanham, MD:  Scarecrow Press, 2009.
  10. Warrick, Patricia S. The Cybernetic Imagination in Science Fiction. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1980.
  11. —.Mind in Motion:  The Fiction of Philip K. Dick.  Carbondale and Edwardsville:  Southern Illinois UP, 1987.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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