I recently wrote a book about the Philip K Dick Android. The genre is narrative non fiction. In other words, it reads somewhat like fiction, although it’s not. 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…
The Spectator review of my book (which in the UK has the title “Losing the Head of Philip K Dick”) has moved, and is now here:
Talking Head: A review by Lawrence Downes in the New York Times of my book, of my book, How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K Dick’s Robotic Resurrection.
William Kowinski, a journalist for the the North Coast Journal in Humboldt County, CA has reviewed How to Build An Android.
With minimal jargon, Dufty makes the tech as well as the personalities part of the story flow, an admirable example for a growing genre covering a dominating industry: adventures in Tech World. He ably and appropriately integrates Philip K. Dick’s biography and major works into the story. The story itself confirms the classic relationship of sci-fi and new tech, as well as suggesting how surprisingly far toward the androids of fiction current technology is taking us. In focusing on Hanson (basically a sculptor and a hardware tinkerer) and Olney (a software guy) he chronicles another relationship of art and science. Fascinating.
The review is here.