Originally Posted by Diggler
People had pointed out to me that Dick kind of went downhill during the early 70's. I actually liked every novel I've read of his... Except for Man in the High Castle. It was my first experience with PKD and was probably a bit too deep for me to understand at the time.
As for Valis and UBIK. UBIK is up there with Flow My Tears and would probably make a brilliant movie. Valis is, well, bizarre. Though in a good way
I also highly recommend PKD's short story collections, which include Second Variety. While a lot of them touch on common PKD theme's, there is quite a lot of variety to be had.
Of his 70's compositions I've only read Flow My Tears ...
(1970) and Radio Free Albemuth
(1976), both are absolutely fantastic works. But having just read The Cosmic Puppets
(1953) I think his work from the 60's are clearly the most impressive and perhaps the blackest. I would pose that he went from black in the 60s to bleak in the 70s.
As for Ubik as a movie, definitely! I recently watched Cold Souls with Paul Giamatti (hasn't he done a Dick biopic?) and was reminded of aspects of Ubik. Personally I can't get enough of his stuff, but it is bloody hard to come by (yes, I know I should get my Dick fix online).