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The Philip K. Dick Trust is pleased to offer this selection of audio programs about Philip K. Dick and adaptations of his work. Requires Real Audio Player (available for free download at

  • If You Think This World Is Bad, You Should See Some Of The Others (Real Audio) - An audio recording of Philip K. Dick rehearsing this speech for the Metz Science Fiction Conference in 1977. Click here for MP3, Windows Media Player formats. (3:07 min.)

  • National Public Radio (December 19, 2003) - In honor of Phil Dick's 75th birthday, his daughters Laura and Isa spoke with National Public Radio correspondent Pat Dowell. You may listen to the entire NPR audio program by clicking the link above.

  • Philip K. Dick: A Work In Progress - A 42 minute tape of Philip K. Dick dictating notes about a proposed sequel to The Man In The High Castle was most likely recorded in August of 1974.
    "PKD had an arm in a splint due to recent shoulder surgery, and was unable to write or type, so he dictated notes on his novel-in-progress into a tape recorder. The cassette from which this material is taken is labelled "Valisystem" and is 60 minutes long. All the material except the opening words is in the order in which it occurs on the tape. On both sides, noises have been left in except when they were so distracting or unpleasant that they interfered with the listenability. The book PKD was planning was a sequel to THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE; the writer protagonist referred to on the tape is Hawthorne Abendsen. The book was not written, but it evolved into RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH and VALIS. The notes for the book, as on this tape, evolved into the Exegesis."
  • Hour 25 Interview with Philip K. Dick - An interview with Philip K. Dick by Mike Hodel which aired on the science fiction themed radio show Hour 25. It is from 1977, just before A Scanner Darkly was released.

    • Part 1 - Why science fiction? The paradox of mainstream vs. sci-fi. On Deus Irae and researching a novel. On the I Ching and The Man In The High Castle. On A Scanner Darkly and character development. His popularity in Europe. The poverty of the beginning sci-fi writer with accounts of his own experiences. (42 min.)

    • Part 2 - Phil reads an excerpt from A Scanner Darkly (this is great!). Sci-fi as a "silly putty" world. On which authors he likes and dislikes in science fiction. (20 min.)

    • Part 3 - On winning the Campbell and Hugo awards. And much more . . (13 min.)

    • A Scanner Darkly - Listen to Phil reading an excerpt from his classic (3:38 min.)

  • Galaxy MagazineX-Minus One: Colony - This is a vintage radio broadcast of the Philip K. Dick story Colony on the show X-Minus One. The story first appeared in Galaxy magazine. This is an entertaining and nostalgic look at the science fiction tradition.
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