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Collecting Philip K. Dick: Science Fiction’s Most Powerful Gateway Drug

“‘…what do you mean when you use the term science fiction?’ …I could spend the rest of my life answering that one question.”Philip K. Dick

I first heard the name Philip K. Dick (PKD) from my gaming group while growing up in Hawaii. I was a 15-year-old teen, in a group of men and women who were in their mid-30s. One of them was an especially talented gamemaster named Nikan. He had many inventive ideas, was knowledgeable, and ran particularly deadly scenarios where players would get killed off with ease. On more than one occasion I had played a character who was obliterated in a hail of bullets or sorcerous hellfire.

One afternoon, I asked if he could suggest some great science fiction writers I ought to read. He created a list that included legends like Theodore Sturgeon, Frank Herbert, Clifford D. Simak, and Philip K. Dick. He pointed to that name and said, “Anything by PKD is worth reading.”

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