The Bike Lesson

Gavin on a bike in Gungahlin

Italian edition

My book has been published in Italy under the title “La Strana Storia Dell’Androide Philip K. Dick” through Fanucci publishers.
Here’s the cover.


I’ve been told not to pay any attention to Amazon charts, because the rankings only have a tenuous relationship to sales. So, caveat emptor! With that in mind, and remembering that this probably means almost nothing anyway, Losing The Head of Philip K Dick climbed into the top 1000 Kindle sellers in the UK today. Here’s the screen shot (because we all know that if there’s no screen shot, then it didn’t happen):

That’s got to be good, right?

Losing the Head of Philip K. Dick: Three reviews

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”)

Go here to read the earlier Spectator review.

Stranger than Science Fiction

My post on the Kindle Blog, titled “Stranger than Science Fiction,” is up.

Here’s the intro:

The Philip K Dick android, built in Memphis in 2005, was the first ever conversational android. It had a camera for eyes, so that it could turn its head to watch you walk around the room. It had a microphone that functioned as an ear, so that it could listen to what you said to it and decode your voice into text. And it had a speaker for a mouth, so that it could give quirky observations on just about any topic that you cared to raise.

As the old saying goes, read on…