Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Master & the I CHING

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BornPhilip Kindred Dick
December 16, 1928
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMarch 2, 1982 (aged 53)
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
Pen nameRichard Phillips
Jack Dowland
OccupationNovelist, short story writer and essayst
GenresScience fiction
Speculative fiction
Notable work(s)UbikDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?The Man in the High CastleA Scanner Darkly,VALIS trilogy


The I Ching is prominent in The Man in the High Castle; having diffused it as part of their cultural hegemony overlordship of the Pacific Coast U.S., the Japanese — and some American — characters consult it, and then act per its replies to their queries. Specifically, "The Man in the High Castle", Hawthorne Abendsen, himself, used it to write The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, and, at story's end, in his presence, Juliana Frink, queries the I Ching: "Why did it write The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?" and "What is the reader to learn from the novel?" The I Chingreplies with Hexagram 61 ([中孚] zhōng fú) Chung Fu, "Inner Truth", describing the true state of the world—every character in The Man in the High Castle is living a false reality.


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