Collection on Philip K. Dick

Finding aid prepared by Julianna Gil, 2017.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Collection on Philip K. Dick
Date (inclusive): 1952-1992, undated
Collection Number: MS 199
Extent: 2.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: The Collection on Philip K. Dick consists of press clippings, publications, short stories and manuscripts regarding Philip K. Dick, an American novelist who has published almost entirely in the science fiction genre. His works have been published in numerous literary magazines, such as Galaxy, Amazing Stories, and Fantasy and Science Fiction. The collection also consists of newsletters from the Philip K. Dick Society, and photographs and press booklets from the film Blade Runner.
Languages: The collection is in English, French, and German.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Collection on Philip K. Dick (MS 199). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Thomas Loock, 1997.

Processing History

The collection was processed by Julianna Gil in 2017.
Processing of the Collection on Philip K. Dick was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 16, 1928 to Dorothy Kindred Dick and Joseph Edgar Dick, along with his twin sister, Jane. He and his parents moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, then moved back to Washington with his mother. In June 1938, Philip and his mother returned to California, where he began to find interest in science fiction literature. Dick was married five times, beginning with Jeanette Marlin in 1948, to Leslie (Tessa) Busby from 1973 to 1977. He had also three children (Laura, Isolde, and Christopher) with his last three wives. Philip Dick wrote one hundred and twenty-one short stories and published most of them to literary magazines, such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction , Worlds of Tomorrow, and Amazing Science Fiction . He also published forty-four novels, including The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick’s work has been adapted to numerous films and television shows, such as The Man in the High Castle on AmazonVideo, Blade Runner, and Total Recall. Dick passed away on March 2, 1982 in Santa Ana, California. A year after his death, the Philip K. Dick Award for science fiction writing was inaugurated.

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains press clippings, publications, and other items related to Philip K. Dick, an American novelist who has published almost entirely in the science fiction genre. Materials in the collection include photocopied short stories, books and magazines, manuscripts, comic books, photographs, correspondence, and a full run of the Philip K. Dick Society newsletter.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged into seven series as follows:
  • Series 1. Essays and Short Stories, 1952-1976
  • Series 2. Magazines and Newspapers, 1972-1976
  • Series 3. Manuscripts, 1964-1980; undated
  • Series 4. Translated Stories, 1976.
  • Series 5. Philip K. Dick Society, 1983-1992; undated
  • Series 6. Correspondence, 1976-1978
  • Series 7. Publicity, 1988; undated

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Dick, Philip K.
Science fiction.
Philip K. Dick Society
Science-fiction writers.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Clippings (information artifacts).
Short stories.

Collection Contents


Series 1. Essays and Short Stories 1952-1976

Series Scope and Contents

The series contains essays and short stories written by Phillip K. Dick, which were published in numerous fantasy and science fiction magazines.

Series Arrangement

Materials in the series are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1, Folder 1

"Adjustment Team" undated

Box 1, Folder 2

"All We Marsmen" in Worlds of Tomorrow 1963

Box 1, Folder 3

"Autofac" in Galaxy Science Fiction and Beyond Control 1955-1974

Box 1, Folder 4

"Beyond Lies the Wub" in Planet Stories 1952

Box 1, Folder 5

"Breakfast at Twilight" in Amazing Stories 1954, undated

Box 1, Folder 6

"The Builder" in Amazing Stories 1953-1954

Box 1, Folders 7-8

"Cantana 140" in Fantasy and Science Fiction 1964

Box 1, Folder 9

"Captive Market" undated

Box 1, Folder 10

"Colony" in Galaxy Science Fiction and unknown 1953; undated

Box 1, Folder 11

"The Commuter" in Amazing Stories 1953

Box 1, Folder 12

"The Cookie Lady" in Fantasy Fiction 1953

Box 1, Folder 13

"The Cosmic Poachers" in Alien Worlds 1968

Box 1, Folder 14

"The Crawlers" in Imagination 1954

Box 1, Folder 15

"The Days of Perky Pat" in The Most Thrilling Science Fiction Ever Told 1968

Box 1, Folder 16

"The Defenders" in Galaxy Science Fiction 1953

Box 1, Folder 17

"The Electric Ant" in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Best of Science Fiction--1969 1969-1970

Box 1, Folder 18

"The Evolution of a Vital Love" 1976

Box 1, Folder 19

"Exhibit Piece" undated

Box 1, Folder 20

"Expendable" in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Science Fiction Showcase 1953-1959

Box 1, Folder 21

"Faith of Our Fathers" (including Introduction) in Dangerous Visions 1969

Box 1, Folder 22

"The Father-Thing" in Themes in Science Fiction 1972

Box 1, Folder 23

"Foster, You're Dead" undated

Box 1, Folders 24-25

"A Game of Unchance" in Amazing Stories 1964

Box 1, Folder 26

"Human Is" in Startling Stories 1955

Box 1, Folder 27

"If There Were No Benny Cemoli" in Galaxy Science Fiction 1963

Box 1, Folder 28

"Imposter" in Astounding Science Fiction 1953

Box 1, Folder 29

"The Indefatigable Frog" in Fantasy Story Magazine 1953

Box 1, Folder 30

"The King of the Elves" in Beyond Fantasy Fiction 1953

Box 1, Folder 31

"The Last of the Masters" undated

Box 1, Folders 32-33

"The Little Black Box" in Worlds of Tomorrow 1964

Box 1, Folder 34

"A Little Something for Us Tempunauts" in Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology 1975

Box 1, Folder 35

"Meddler" in Future Science Fiction 1954

Box 1, Folder 36

"Memories Found in a Bill from a Small Animal Vet" in The Real World 1976

Box 1, Folder 37

"The Minority Project" in Fantastic Universe 1956

Box 1, Folder 38

"The Mold of Yancy" undated

Box 1, Folder 39

"Nanny" in Starling Stories 1955

Box 1, Folder 40

"Not by Its Cover" in Famous Science Fiction 1968

Box 1, Folders 41-42

"Novelty Act" in Fantastic 1964

Box 1, Folders 43-44

"Oh, to Be a Blobel!" in Galaxy 1964

Box 1, Folder 45

"Pay for the Printer" in Satellite Science Fiction 1956

Box 1, Folder 46

"Paycheck" in Imagination 1953

Box 1, Folder 47

"Piper in the Woods" in Other Worlds, Other Times 1969

Box 1, Folder 48

"Planet for Transients" in Fantastic Universe 1953

Box 1, Folder 49

"The Pre-Persons" in Fantasy and Science Fiction 1974

Box 1, Folders 50-51

"Precious Artifact" in Galaxy 1964

Box 1, Folder 52

"A Present for Pat" in Startling Stories 1954

Box 1, Folder 53

"The Preserving Machine" in Fantasy and Science Fiction 1953

Box 1, Folder 54

"Prize Ship" in Thrilling Wonder Stories 1954

Box 1, Folder 55

"Progeny" undated

Box 1, Folder 56

"Prominent Author" undated

Box 1, Folder 57

"Psi-Man Heal My Child!" in Imaginative Tales 1955

Box 1, Folder 58

"Retreat Syndrome" in Worlds of Tomorrow 1965

Box 1, Folder 59

"Return Match" in Galaxy 1967

Box 1, Folder 60

"Roog" in Fantasy and Science Fiction 1953

Box 1, Folder 61

"Sales Pitch" in Future 1954

Box 1, Folder 62

"Second Variety" in Space Science Fiction and Spectrum II 1953-1962

Box 1, Folder 63

"Service Call" in Science Fiction Stories 1955

Box 1, Folder 64

"Shell Game" in Galaxy Science Fiction 1954

Box 1, Folder 65

"The Short, Happy Life of a Science Fiction Writer" in Scintillation 1976

Box 1, Folder 66

"Solar Shoe-Salesman" in The Stream-Driven Boy and other Strangers 1973

Box 1, Folder 67

"Some Kinds of Life" in Fantastic Universe 1953

Box 1, Folder 68

"Stand-By" in Amazing Stories 1963

Box 1, Folder 69

"The Turning Wheel" in Science Fiction Stories 1954

Box 1, Folder 70

"The Unreconstructed M" in The Original Science Fiction Stories 1957

Box 1, Folder 71

"The Unteleported Man" in Fantastic 1964

Box 1, Folder 72

"Upon the Dull Earth" in Beyond Fantasy Fiction 1954

Box 1, Folder 73

"The Variable Man" in Space Science Fiction 1953

Box 1, Folder 74

"Vulcan's Hammer" in 6 and the Silent Scream, and Future Science Fiction 1953-1956

Box 1, Folder 75

"War Game" in Galaxy Science Fiction 1959

Box 1, Folder 76

"The War with the Fnools" in Galaxy 1969

Box 1, Folder 77

"Waterspider" in Worlds of IF: Science Fiction 1964

Box 1, Folder 78

"We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" in Fantasy and Science Fiction 1966

Box 1, Folders 79-80

"What the Dead Men Say" in Worlds of Tomorrow 1964

Box 1, Folder 81

"What'll We Do With Ragland and Park?" in The Most Thrilling Science Fiction Ever Told 1969

Box 1, Folders 82-83

"Who Is a Science Fiction Writer?" in Science Fiction: The Academic Awakening 1974

Box 1, Folder 84

"A World of Talent" in Galaxy Science Fiction 1954


Series 2. Magazines and Newspapers 1972-1976

Series Scope and Contents

The series contains magazines containing interviews with Philip K. Dick. The series also includes a magazine with a poem written by one of Dick's wives, Tessa Dick, and an German written editorial.

Series Arrangement

Materials in the series are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1, Folder 85

"Can God Fly? Can He Hold Out His Arms and Fly?" by Angus Taylor for Foundation 4 1972

Box 1, Folder 86

"Editorial" by Uwe Anton in Science Fiction Times 140 1976

Box 1, Folder 87

"Even Sheep Can Upset Scientific Detachment" by Philip Purser for London Daily Telegraph 1974

Box 1, Folder 88

"An Interview with Philip K. Dick" by Daniel DePrez for Science Fiction Review 1976

Box 1, Folders 89-91

"The Most Brilliant Sci-Fi Mind on Any Plent: Philip K. Dick" by Paul Williams for Rolling Stone 1975

Box 1, Folder 93

"Pieces of String Too Short To Use" by Tessa B. Dick in The Real World 1974

Box 1, Folder 94

"Phil Dick: Cult Star in a Martian Sky" by Thomas M. Disch for Crawdaddy! 1975

Box 1, Folder 95

"Philip K. Dick & the Umbrella of Light" by Angus Taylor for SF Author Studies 1975

Box 1, Folder 96

"Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd" in Best of Science Fiction 1975

Box 1, Folder 97

"Philip K. Dick: A Parallax View" by Terrence M. Green for Science Fiction Review 1976

Box 1, Folder 98

"The Science Fiction of Philip K. Dick" in Science Fiction Studies 1975

Box 1, Folder 99

Unknown Biography of Philip K. Dick - Excerpts undated

Box 1, Folders 100-101

"Vertex Interviews Philip K. Dick" in Vertex: The Magazine of Science Fiction 1974

Box 1, Folder 102

"The Writer and Science Fiction" by Barbara A. Bahhon for Publishers Weekly 1976


Series 3. Manuscripts 1964-1980; undated

Series Scope and Contents

The series contains parts and whole manuscripts of some of the novels written by Philip K. Dick. Items in the series consist of mostly copies of materials at various stages of the publishing process, including annotated drafts, page proofs, and final copies of works.

Series Arrangement

Materials in the series are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1, Folder 103

Cover Page for Confessions of a Crap Artist undated

Box 1, Folder 104

Deus Irae - Summary 1976

Box 2, Folder 1

The Golden Man circa 1980

Box 2, Folder 2

The Golden Man - Author's Note circa 1980

Box 2, Folder 3

The Golden Man - Editor's Set 1980

Box 2, Folder 4

The Golden Man: The Great Short Fiction of Philip K. Dick 1978

Box 2, Folder 5

Ubik - "About the Author" and Noted Work Page 1976

Box 2, Folder 6

Ubik - Page Proofs undated

Box 2, Folder 7

The Unteleported Man 1964

Box 2, Folder 8

The Unteleported Man (Part 2) undated


Series 4. Translated Stories 1976

Series Scope and Contents

The series contains the French translation of the short story "Eye in the Sky," written by Philip K. Dick.
Box 2, Folder 9

Eye in the Sky (French: L'oeil daus Le Ciel ) 1976


Series 5. Philip K. Dick Society 1983-1992; undated

Series Scope and Contents

The series contains a complete run of the Philip K. Dick Society newsletter, membership letters, and flyers.

Series Arrangement

Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 10

PKDS Newsletter No. 1 1983

Box 2, Folder 11

PKDS Newsletter No. 2 1983

Box 2, Folder 12

PKDS Newsletter No. 3 1984

Box 2, Folder 13

PKDS Newsletter No. 4 1984

Box 2, Folder 14

PKDS Newsletter No. 5 1984

Box 2, Folder 15

PKDS Newsletter No. 6 1985

Box 2, Folder 16

PKDS Newsletter No. 7 1985

Box 2, Folder 17

PKDS Newsletter No. 8 1985

Box 2, Folder 18

PKDS Newsletter No. 9/10 1985

Box 2, Folder 19

PKDS Newsletter No. 11 1986

Box 2, Folder 20

PKDS Newsletter No. 12 1986

Box 2, Folder 21

PKDS Newsletter No. 13 1987

Box 2, Folder 22

PKDS Newsletter No. 14 1987

Box 2, Folder 23

PKDS Newsletter No. 15 1987

Box 2, Folder 24

PKDS Newsletter No. 16 1988

Box 2, Folder 25

PKDS Newsletter No. 17 1988

Box 2, Folder 26

PKDS Newsletter No. 18 1988

Box 2, Folder 27

PKDS Newsletter No. 19 1989

Box 2, Folder 28

PKDS Newsletter No. 20 1989

Box 2, Folder 29

PKDS Newsletter No. 21 1989

Box 2, Folder 30

PKDS Newsletter No. 22/23 1989

Box 2, Folder 31

PKDS Newsletter No. 24 1990

Box 2, Folder 32

PKDS Newsletter No. 25 1990

Box 2, Folder 33

PKDS Newsletter No. 26 1991

Box 2, Folder 34

PKDS Newsletter No. 27 1991

Box 2, Folder 35

PKDS Newsletter No. 28 1992

Box 2, Folder 36

PKDS Newsletter No. 29 1992

Box 2, Folder 37

PKDS Newsletter No. 30 1992

Box 2, Folder 38

Letter to Philip K. Dick Society Members, and Flyer undated


Series 6. Correspondence 1973-1978

Series Scope and Contents

The series contains correspondence between Philip K Dick and a German science fiction writer, and memos concerning publications of Dick's books.

Series Arrangement

Materials in the series are arranged topically.
Box 2, Folder 39

Uwe Anton to Philip K. Dick 1976

Box 2, Folder 40

John Silbersack to Mark Hurst 1978

Box 2, Folder 41

Bantam Books memos 1975-1976


Series 7. Publicity 1988; undated

Series Scope and Contents

The series contains photographs and press information for the German release of Blade Runner, as well as flyers for print sales.

Series Arrangement

Materials in the series are arranged topically.
Box 2, Folder 42

Photographs of Blade Runner (German version) circa 1982

Box 2, Folder 43

Posters for Blade Runner (German version) circa 1982

Box 2, Folder 44

Press Information for Blade Runner (German version) circa 1982

Box 2, Folder 45

Ultramarine Publishing promotion of The Broken Bubble 1988

Box 2, Folder 46

Philip K. Dick print sale and Crawdaddy! flyer undated