Philip K. Dick (writer) - Died March 2, 1982. Born December 16, 1928. American novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher. He often drew upon his own life experiences in addressing the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences in novels such as A Scanner Darkly. He also wrote extensively on philosophy, theology, nature of reality, science and metaphysics later in his life that was published posthumously as The Exegesis.
This book is amazing, but only if you like reading the thoughts of a revolutionary Science Fiction writer obsessed with proving that his visions were the work of God.
Jules Verne (aged about 50) in a photo taken by Nadar, ca.1878, according to Verne's grandson (Jean Jules-Verne) in "Jules Verne: a biography" (1976). The black and white photo by Nadar has been colourized: image by ©Stefano Bianchetti/ Corbis
Happy Birthday to Philip K. Dick (12/17/28), without whom many of my favorite stories, characters and movies would not exist. (photo by Anne Dick, from the official PKD site www.philipkdick.com/)