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Interview with Philip K. Dick (1977)

YouTube.com, being the nosey, creepy one that it is, started playing this video out of the blue, as I was driving down the road yesterday. With my recent interests in his books, I listened. And, I thought it was really interesting.

If you prefer to read the text, instead of the video you can do so @ Scraps From the Loft.

NOW, lets pick out some interesting quotes. But, remember, this is from 1977 🧐 :

“Science Fiction is considered to be something for adolescents, for just high school kids, and for disturbed people in general in America. And the publishers will buy a novel which must meet rigid moral standards, the standards which libraries have, which has to do with sex and violence and so forth. So we’re limited in our writing to books which have no sex, no violence, and no deep ideas. Just something of an adventure kind of nature, what we call Space Opera, which are just Westerns set in the future.”

“And I never imagined myself to have any importance. So, I was not dismayed by this attitude. I just took it for granted. I had been a clerk in a store and I was use to having people yell at me, telling me what to do. And so to find myself a writer, and be yelled at and told what to do did not surprise me.”

“There is a major flaw in America which does not appear to exist in France and that is the American people are basically anti-intellectual.”

“Well, my relationship the United States has always been a very bad one. It has always seemed to me that I was about to be arrested by American police for some obscure reason.”

“As far as my reputation in the United States, I don’t expect ever to have any reputation in the United States except, well, the police once told me that I was a crusader, and they had no use for crusaders. But unfortunately they didn’t tell me what I was crusading for. I was afraid to ask, “But what was I a crusader for?””

  • Do you consider yourself a space opera SciFi reader or more of a hard SciFi reader?
  • Do you believe that America as a whole is anti-intellectual?
  • Does it surprise you that Philip K. Dick was harassed by the American police?
  • Do you feel like Mr. Dick was an instigator based on what you see here?

I honestly am no where near close to being an expert on this guy, but I am learning some things. There’s a lot more interesting quotes, so if you have one you would rather say something about, feel free.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

2 replies on “Interview with Philip K. Dick (1977)”

Interesting! Dick was a fascinating, ambivalent character – he’d fit right in among protagonists of his own books.
Though it needs to be remembered that Dick had some serious mental problems in his later life; paranoia, hallucinations, etc. He even wrote that Stanislaw Lem, a Polish SF writer, was in fact a Communist clique of anonymous writers who joined forces to better influence public opinion 😛

Akismet tied you up on this comment, Ola G. I wonder if it’s because you said Philip’s last name? 🤣 Anyways, yes I have read about drug abuse, etc but I can’t be clear whether his unfavorable delusions were a product of that or maybe he already had underlying mental problems and the drugs exasperated those mental problems, with what little I know about him. I think I can say that he was def. gifted in certain areas. I’ll have to look up what you are referencing, thanks a lot! 😋

EDIT: I think this is what Ola G was referencing: Philip K. Dick: Stanisław Lem is a Communist Committee

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