PKD Otaku
edited by
Patrick Clark

All files are in PDF format

What is PKD Otaku?

PKD Otaku is an occasional e-zine dealing with the American SF writer Philip K. Dick.  PKD Otaku has printed bits and pieces of uncollected material by Philip K. Dick but primarily publishes original short essays and commentary about PKD and his writings as well as reviews and reprints from other sources.  The title is based on a casual remark by a reviewer for The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick. There have been twenty-two issues as of 2011.

How did this all begin? 

I started reading PKD in 1964.  Jumping ahead to 1991 I had a photocopy-and-glue cyberpunk zine called Interference On the Brain Screen.  The third issue was about Phil, primarily hard-to-find material I had collected over the years.  In 1999 I decided to do a formal PKD-based zine I called Simulacrum Meltdown which, again, was heavy on reprints but also containing original essays, too.  I received help and encouragement from a number of great friends and so kept it up through three issues (December 2000 -  October 2001).  But SimMelt came out only about once a year and had grown pretty unwieldy, not to say expensive to send through the mail.  So in January 2002 I created PKD Otaku which was much shorter in length but which would appear more often.  So far it has worked out petty well.  Then Marc Zito convinced me to put the zine online and, well, here we are. 

What is an “otaku?”

Steve McGraw explained it best:  “Otaku is a Japanese word for someone with a hobby that has become an unhealthy obsession generally characterized by exhaustive artifact collecting and fanatically detailed knowledge of some subject.  The Otaku's social life and livelihood may be organized around his obsession, he reads magazines about it, attends conventions, belongs to clubs, etc, so much so that it becomes his way of life.” 

See also Patrick's Cyberpunk zine page

 

All files are PDF; most are under 300KB
Simulacrum Meltdown #1 Simulacrum Meltdown #2
Simulacrum Meltdown #3  

 

All files are PDF; most are under 300KB
PKD Otaku #1 PKD Otaku #2 PKD Otaku #3
PKD Otaku #4 PKD Otaku #5 PKD Otaku #6
PKD Otaku #7 PKD Otaku #8 PKD Otaku #9
PKD Otaku #10 PKD Otaku #11 PKD Otaku #12
PKD Otaku #13 PKD Otaku #14 PKD Otaku #15
PKD Otaku #16 PKD Otaku #17 PKD Otaku #18
PKD Otaku #19 PKD Otaku #20 PKD Otaku #21
PKD Otaku #22    

 

Last revised: 23 December, 2011

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