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The Last Interview Series
Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview
and Other Conversations
By (author): Philip K. Dick Edited by: David Streitfeld
9781612195261 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Dec 15, 2015
$20.95 CAD
Active 5.48 x 8.16 x 0.46 in 160 pages Melville House
An electric collection of interviews—including the first and the last—with one of the 20th century’s most prolific, influential, and dazzlingly original writers of science fiction

Long before Ridley Scott transformed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into Blade Runner, Philip K. Dick was banging away at his typewriter in relative obscurity, ostracized by the literary establishment. Today he is widely considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. These interviews reveal a man plagued by bouts of manic paranoia and failed suicide attempts; a career fuelled by alcohol, amphetamines, and mystical inspiration; and, above all, a magnificent and generous imagination at work.

Series Overview: A new series of pocket-sized interview collections, featuring conversations with some of the iconic writers and thinkers of our time.

THE LAST INTERVIEW—AND THE FIRST INTERVIEW: Includes Dick’s first-ever interview, dating back to when he was just a 26-year-old kid whose first book, A Handful of Darkness was set to come out.

MAJOR FANS: Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, William Gibson, and Ursula K. le Guin have all cited Dick as an influence.

MOVIES!: As famous as Dick has become fore his books and stories, he also left a major legacy in Hollywood, where Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau became blockbusters.

A SCIENCE FICTION ICON: Dick is widely considered one of the most influential writers of science fiction, but he was also one of the genre’s first ambassadors to mainstream, literary readership.

DAVID STREITFELD: The books is edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Streitfeld, a reporter for The New York Times. He is also the editor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Last Interview.

PHILIP K. DICK (b. 1928, Chicago, IL; d. 1982, Santa Ana, CA) was a writer of science fiction who published 45 novels and 121 short stories over the course of his lifetime. Much of his work has been adapted to film, notably Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep? (which became “Blade Runner”), Total RecallMinority Report and A Scanner Darkly. Dick was the recipient of a Hugo Award in 1963 and 1974, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005; in 2007, he became the first science fiction writer to be included in the Library of America Series. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages.

Editor David Streitfeld is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes for The New York Times. He was the editor of Gabriel Gárcia Márquez: The Last Interview and Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview.

Author Hometown: Chicago

Marketing: Finished copy mailing to booksellers, librarians, academics

Display at the Modern Language Association Conference

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Finished copy mailing to Latin American Literature Professors

Last Interview series promotion to libraries, bookstores

Publicity: National media campaign

Reviews in sci-fi, literary, and general interest publications, and daily newspapers

Features and reviews on sci-fi/fantasy websites and blogs, including i09, BoingBoing

“Dick is one of the ten best American writers of the 20th century, which is saying a lot…Dick is Thoreau plus the death of the American dream.” —Roberto Bolaño

“Our own homegrown Borges.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

“Dick wasn’t a legend and he wasn’t mad. He lived among us and was a genius.” —Jonathan Lethem

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