This is not a biography, but a fictionalized account of the life of one of the more interesting of science fiction writing counter-cultural figures of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Carrère does his usual good job of making the story compelling: What was it like to be Philip K Dick? Why did his life turn out the way it did? Why is his fiction so very weird and different to other science fiction of the time? Why does Philip K Dick garner so much attention to this day? Dick was a strange chap with a pretty weird take on life and his place in it; his life was as much an abject failure as it was a success. This book recreates that success and failure with great clarity and consideration, such that the reader will be left shaking their head at the man who was Philip K Dick.