What If Our World is Their Heaven? : The Final Conversations of Philip K. Dick Paperback
Edited by Gwen Lee, Doris Elaine Sauter
In the field of science fiction, the work of Philip K.
Dick is unparalleled. His work formed the basis for the films "Blade Runner", "The Minority Report" and "Total Recall".
The movie version of his masterpiece, "A Scanner Darkly", is scheduled for release in the summer of 2006.
Dick's appeal and influence have reached the world over, creating the standard for the literary science fiction novel.
In November 1982, six months before the author's death, journalist Gwen Lee recorded the first of several in-depth discussions with Philip K.
Dick that continued over the course of the next three months.
These extraordinary interviews are filled with the wit and aplomb characteristic of Dick's writing.
It will be a must read for anyone interested in Dick's headlong pursuit of the truth and in the secret history of our times.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 204 pages
- Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
- Publication Date: 27/10/2006
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9780715636091
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Review by K461R
First of all, the choice of title for this book is excellent. It made me buy the book without a second's thought. I'm sorry to say that the title was also the best thing about this slim volume. The text consists of interviews with PKD, conducted by some woman who seems kind of lost and rarely understands what he is talking about. She hasn't read any of his works it seems and she just doesn't keep up with PKD:s mercurial mind. When he's talking about the bible, she thinks he's talking about his novel etc etc. The interviews are also transcribed from tapes, which always seem to end just when PKD enters into interesting territories. Much of the book is about the Bladerunner movie, and is pretty boring. It would've been interesting to read before the movie came out, but now that you've already seen it's kind of meaningless. "What if our world is their heaven" is not a bad read, but the highlights are not as many as you would hope. There are some really good parts where PKD discusses his novel Owl in Daylight which unfortunately he passed away before he could finish. Also he discusses his 2-3-1974 experiences a bit, and also a bit of the exegesis, Greek philosophy and similar topics we're used to hearing PKD talking about. These parts are mindboggling and great as always, but unfortuantely they only make out a minute portion of the book. If I could have my way, this book would have been 15 pages long and then it would have been an excellent read.