A Philip K. Dick Primer, Ranked in Order of Difficulty - the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
In 1982, Ridley Scott loosely adapted Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into the classic science fiction film Blade Runner, a detective story that kept the novel’s dark aesthetic, odd symbolism, and meditations on empathy. With sequel, Blade Runner 2049 on the horizon, there’s no better time to get acquainted with the author of the original. But where to start?
Over the course of a prolific career, which often involved writing non-stop for weeks at a time, and nurturing a penchant for mindbending plots and unusual religious imagery, Dick assembled a staggering body of work, including countless short stories and a whole bookself full of novels. Needless to say, he can be a little daunting for a neophyte. We’re here to help—but we’re not just going to tell you where to start; we’re ranking the standout works in his ouvre in order of difficulty.