I recently wrote a book about the Philip K Dick Android. The book is part popular science, part science history, and part an exploration of projects in today’s campuses. The genre is narrative non fiction. In other words, it reads somewhat like fiction, although it’s not. And by the way, it’s not a blend of fiction and fact either. I went to a great deal of trouble to make sure that the book was completely factual, although the subject matter lured me, Siren-like, towards creating some kind of hybrid. But fiction is like colored dye in water. A mixture of fiction and fact is always fiction, no matter what the ratio.
It has a different title in every place it’s been released. That’ not a choice I made, but each publisher has rebranded it, and as I discovered, authors don’t have as much control over titles as you’d think. Here are the titles (remember these are all the same book).
US/Canada: How to Build An Android: The True Story of Philip K Dick’s Robotic Resurrection
UK: Losing the Head of Philip K Dick: A Bizarre but True Tale of Androids, Kill Switches and Left Luggage
Australia: Lost in Transit: The Strange Story of the Philip K Dick Android
Italy: La Strana Storia Dell Androide Philip K Dick
and some not so good reviews here…