Archive for the ‘reviews’ Category
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.
Three reviews of Losing the Head of Philip K Dick have come out in the past 24 hours or so.
The Guardian: “This compelling tale of androids, paranoid authors and research into AI has a suitably strange twist at the end”
We Love This Book: “Beneath the levels of recursion and irony in the story of the Philip K. Dick android was another, more human, and equally compelling story: the tale of a small group of dedicated young people with limited funds but who had know-how and an audacious vision.”
…and in the US…
Publishers Weekly : “Dufty’s narrative is a fun read that captures the researchers’ excitement about creating Phil, but doesn’t quite address whether the initiative was worth the effort.”
(note that when the book is released in the US in June, it will be titled “How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick’s Robotic Resurrection”, which is different to its UK title, “Losing the Head of Philip K. Dick”)