Only Apparently Real

Paul Williams, Author Arbor House Publishing $7.95 (184p) ISBN 978-0-87795-800-0
This biography of Philip K. Dick, the great science fiction writer who died of a stroke in 1982 at the age of 53, is by one of his friendsalso his literary executor and founder of the PKD Society, a kind of fan club. Williams skillfully interweaves memoir with transcripts of interviews and conversations to give a portrait of the artist as friend, husband, father, genius, seeker after truth, paranoid and perpetually indigent writer. Tracing Dick's life from his Berkeley childhood through an apprenticeship under editor Anthony Boucher, his early novel sales to Donald Wollheim at Ace, his five marriages, Williams maintains that Dick engaged in an essentially religious questthe stripping away of the ""only apparently real'' to get to the real. The author has done a good job making this complex and unusual man understandable and sympathetic. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1986
Release date: 05/01/1986
Paperback - 196 pages - 978-0-934558-31-0
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