Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 March 2, 1982), often known by his initials PKD, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. Though hailed during his lifetime by peers such as Stanisaw Lem, Dick received little public recognition until after his death, when several popular film adaptations of his novels introduced him to a larger audience. His work is now some of the most popular in science fiction, and has garnered both general acclaim and critical respect. Dick occasionally used the pen name Richard Phillips..
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