Philip K. Dick lived the last ten years of his life in Orange County. Through his friendship with Dr. Willis McNelly, Professor of English at CSUF, he frequently visited classes on campus. He left his papers to our Special Collections. He wrote wonderful and strange novels set in the OC. Interest in his presence on our campus and in our area drove the creation of SF at CSUF.
Explore PKD’s legacy on our campus and his creative life in the OC at our first sets of web pages:
We will be hosting a Philip K. Dick Conference on campus, April 29-30, 2016. Come join us…give a paper, listen to a talk, join in!
Click here to see the PKD in the OC zine, with essays, poems and works from the Art Show that happened at the Hibbleton Gallery in downtown Fullerton in May 1, 2015.
Writer and CSUF alum James Blaylock wrote an interesting piece, The Night I Met Phil Dick. Read our interview with Blaylock in our Steampunk section.
Our researchers recently set out to understand how to write like Philip K. Dick. What is a phildickian story? How does it work, and to what end? For the results of their research (and to pick up tips for your own work), read How to Write a Phil Dick Story that Doesn’t Fall Apart in Two Days, with advice from Jonathan Snyder and some links from Louis Magallanes.
Read Jacked In, a phildickian story by Jonathan Snyder
Also read Ode to Aliens Eating My Brain, For Philip K. Dick, by David Sandner
Both of these works are available in the online version of the zine, Philip K. Dick in the OC, published at the Hibbleton Gallery as part of the Philip K. Dick in the OC art show. Check it all out! Better hold your brain in!
PKD in the OC coverage: