Not only was he tremendously prolific, churning out 44 novels and short stories in his lifetime — he died in aged 53 — but he was famously prone to hallucinations and paranoid delusions, even having something of a religious experience that revealed his son had a fatal birth defect. Doctors successfully saved his son's life, but only after Dick told them what to look for. He toiled in semi-obscurity for a large part of his career, but Hollywood later discovered his work, adapting story after story into numerous big-name movies. Dick's work addresses all kinds of topics, but it asks different versions of the same question over and over again: How do we know what's real and what's not? As our world becomes increasingly virtual, the "real" can be easily threatened by the "not-real.
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Reality is a bubble: The sci-fi of Philip K Dick, the fictionalising philosopher
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He produced 44 published novels and approximately short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. His work explored questions surrounding the nature of reality, perception , human nature , and identity. He began publishing science fiction stories in , at the age of His stories initially found little commercial success,  but his alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle earned Dick early acclaim, including a Hugo Award for Best Novel. Dick He died in in Santa Ana, California , at the age of 53, due to complications from a stroke. The novel The Man in the High Castle was made into a multi-season television series by Amazon , starting in In , Time magazine named Ubik one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since His family later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.