Science Fiction Book Club: February 14, Philip K. Dick

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will meet again on February 14 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Once again, we’ve picked both a short story and a book by the same author (and once again there’s a rather good movie adaptation, this time of the short story).

Read the novel, or read the short story. Or, for the fun of getting into the author’s mind, read both and see how they might connect.  And then watch the movie and see how the director adapted it into dramatic form.

The author this month is Philip K. Dick, one of the most prominent American science-fiction authors of the 20th century, certainly one of the most filmed.  In recent years he has also achieved increasing prominence in scholarly circles for the unique structure and themes in his works.

The book we will be reading is Ubik.  We have the book in the Ferndale Public Library and you can find the catalog link here:

http://catalog.tln.lib.mi.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=srenUqUcMQ/FERN_69/322250016/9

It also appears that some dedicated readers have loosed themselves from the constraints of copyright law and made a copy available online:

http://www.francobrain.com/philip-k-dick-ubik.htm

The short story for the month is Minority Report

And once again somebody has found ways to make it available in other forms:

http://www.cwanderson.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Philip-K-Dick-The-Minority-Report.pdf

Finally, there is the film.  http://catalog.tln.lib.mi.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=AWvNd59NfB/FERN_69/163590053/9