10 - 10:30 Gregg Rickman - Dostoevsky and Dick Independent scholar, author of three books about Dick, PKD biographer,
Track A 10:30 - 11 “Do Scientists Dream of Electric Thought Experiments”
Dr. Charles Reid
Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory exploring how
scientists can manufacture knowledge using computer simulations.
Picturing Neo-noir Consumerism in PKD Comics by Dore Ripley
The current crop of comic adaptors and artists has taken Electric Ants
and Do Androids Dream of Electric Ship? as well as DADOES’ authorized
prequel Dust to Dust and imagined worlds that are strangely familiar.
By mixing 21st century culture (new to PKD) with what current
artists/adaptors see as neo-noir sensibility, comics have created a
dissonance between past, present, and future.
Doré Ripley is an
instructor at California State University, East Bay and Diablo Valley
College. She publishes on a wide variety of topics and genres from
fairy tales, medieval literature and Shakespeare to science fiction and
Track A 11 - 11:30 Philip K. Dick and Drugs
PhD student at University of Sydney writing a dissertation on PKD, Aldous Huxley, and drugs.
PKD and Corporate/Political Paranoia:
A discussion of PKD works including A Scanner Darkly, Do Androids
Dream of Electric Sheep and the short story “Sales Pitch” and the
depiction of corporate and political subversion and malfeasance and
its parallels in American culture from the 1960s to today.
BRAD SCHREIBER has written for all media, is the author of six books
and adapted the PKD story “Sales Pitch” for National Public Radio.
Noon - 1 LUNCH
1-1:30 Neoplatonism and the Problem of Dick's Christianity
Ted Hand Webmaster, Philip K. Dick and Religion blog
ESL teacher. MA student in Religious Studies at Graduate Theological
Union working on Renaissance Magic and Western Esotericism.
Religious Studies Approaches to Philip K Dick Erik Davis
One of the editors of PKD’s Exegesis. Author of Techgnosis, The
Visionary State, Nomad Codes, and many other books and articles dealing
with myth, magic, technology, and contemporary culture. PhD student at
Rice working in the gnosis department with Jeffrey Kripal.
2:30 - 3 Doug Mackey Out of Time’s Joint
Time is a central concern in
Dick's work, and the question of the reality of time
underlies, I believe, his themes and variations on the nature of reality.
We apply the principles of orthogonal time as defined in Dick’s
writings to key novels where Time is a theme, particularly Time Out of
Joint, Dr. Futurity, Martian Time-Slip, Counter-Clock World, and Now
Wait for Last Year.
Doug Mackey is author of a book on Philip
K. Dick for Twayne; presented a paper on PKD at SFRA in the 80s; wrote
the introduction and edited the book The Reality of Time by Janet Iris
Sussman (2005); author of the Dickian novel Weird Scenes Inside the
Track B David Duffy author How to Build an Android
A discussion of David Hanson’s PKD Android, its construction,
development, and decapitation, as well as Duffy’s book How to Build an
3 - 4 Precious Artifacts
Henri Wintz Webmaster of The Philip K. Dick Bookshelf
David Hyde, “Lord RC” author of Pink Beam: A Philip K Dick Companion
Authors will discuss their new PKD bibliography, Precious Artifacts.
Discussion to be followed by “Antiques Road Show”-style show and tell of
PKD Collectibles (fans encouraged to bring things for appraisal)
Track A 4 - 4:30 Self-induced Amnesia James Burton
Currently finishing a book about PKD and Salvation in Science Fiction to be published in the UK in 2013.
Stefan Schlensag, organizer of the 2012 PKD Conference in Dortmund will tell us about PKD Studies across the pond.
5 - 6 PANEL DISCUSSION: PKD And The Next 30 Years: Lethem, Rucker, Rickels, John Alan-Simon (director, Radio Free Albemuth) Moderator: David Gill