Three Stigmata Asks all the Cyberpunk Questions in Another Classic Philip K Dick Novel
‘You were wrong,’ Eldritch said. ‘I did not find God in the Prox system. But I found something better.’THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH BY PHILIP K DICK
Philip K Dick is one of the heavies of cyberpunk history. His work remains an open treasure chest of fulfilling novels, old interviews and a number of documentaries that display the man’s genius and prophetic insight. Thankfully, due to our present culture’s in-the-woodwork- paranoiacs and psychopaths willing to bear witness to not just their pain but also their forebears and history, Dick remains a vibrant part of the culture.
He is represented not just in the multiple blockbuster adaptations of his fiction works into films such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, Paycheck, Next, and Minority Report and of course one of my top five novels of all time with its own great adaptation, A Scanner Darkly. His influence is also called forth by artists of all sorts who find meaning in his work, from the Cyberpunk 2077 soundtrack heavies Run the Jewels to casual references in artist The Weeknd’s song Snowchild using last name Dick as a double entendre.
Not to mention the numerous fans web-wide who pay homage in blog posts and artworks and references daily.
Inasmuch as I know a bit of Philip K. Dick and his works, the novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch displays a character I recognize. It’s that of an outsider fully ingratiate with fringe topics and weird culture trying to make sense of spiritual experiences he’s personally inhabited while trying to bring them back down to terra firma.