I have, and always shall be, a fan of Phillip K. Dick. I know that there were some questionable practices in his life, namely drug use, but his writing stands out as some of the most amazing and unique prose in the genre of science-fiction. I don’t believe that he wrote his novels while in a drug induced stupor, for writing like that does not come from an incoherent brain.
The evidence is in the text.
I wanted to spend a blog post discussing a pattern that I have found in his work. I think there is much we writers can glean from the incredible structure of his sentences, his tone, and the general plot structure of his text. There is a beauty to how his sentences fall together with so many kaleidoscopic images, quirky metaphors and carefully crafted witticisms.
This pattern, in my humble opinion, consists of three basic tenets:
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