Philip K. Dick: Here and Now

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The Exhibit

In celebration of California State University, Fullerton's relationship with Philip K. Dick, we proudly present new art based on four of his famous works: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Man in the High Castle, Minority Report, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and a display of holdings from Pollak Library’s University Archives & Special Collections.

The late English Professor Willis McNelly helped Philip K. Dick relocate to Fullerton, where he was a frequent guest lecturer and mentored writers. He lived the last ten years of his life in Orange County, and enjoyed a relatively stable and productive period in which he wrote key works, including A Scanner Darkly, VALIS and the work he called his Exegesis. Eventually, he left his papers to CSUF’s University Archives & Special Collections.

Philip K. Dick changed science fiction. Themes such as exploring the true nature of reality and humanity have become integral to contemporary science fiction. His influence reaches further than SF, affecting writers such as celebrated writers Jonathan Lethem, Ursula Le Guin, James Tiptree, Jr., and Haruki Murakami. He is also considered an influential contributor to the cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction, postmodernism, and Steampunk.

Dick’s effect on fellow writers is only the beginning; his influence on popular culture is immense, including movies, TV shows, comic books and more.

Experience the surprising realities of Philip K. Dick!

Please also join us for the Philip K. Dick Conference at the California State University, Fullerton Titan Student Union on April 29 & 30. For more, visit Philip K. Dick Conference and Schedule .

Exhibit Opening

Curator talk by Cliff Cramp, Illustration Professor and Program Coordinator

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pollak Library, Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery
Admission: Free and open to the public
Parking: $8.00 Day Pass (normal campus rules apply). Free parking on Saturdays and Sundays.
Target Audience: All CSUF students, faculty, staff, and the campus community

The Curators

A collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts, Illustration, the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, and Pollak Library’s University Archives & Special Collections.

Cliff Cramp is a Professor and Program Coordinator of Illustration in the Visual Arts Department at California State University, Fullerton.  Some of his clients include LucasFilms, 20th Century Fox and Penguin Books.

David Sandner, Phd. is a Professor in the English Department at California State University, Fullerton. His research areas include Romanticism, the imagination, and fantastic literature and theory. He is a member of SFWA, the professional organization of science fiction and fantasy writers. His creative work has appeared in anthologies and magazines. He has won awards for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity from CSUF in 2007, 2008, and 2011.

Students from Dr. David Sandner's English 373 Science Fiction class: Jack Abbott, Benjamin Begay, Hannah Bell, Sarah Brewer, Brennan Coyte, John Deloss, Elizabeth Garcia, Janel Garcia, Michael Harden, Devon Jones, James Macias, Thomas Nichols, Kelly O'Donnell, Ryan Pillette, Kayley Quick, Alexander real, Dylan Ripley, Vincent Riveria, Carlos Roque, Christopher Russell, Stephen Savage, Lauren Scappatura, Mary Ann Schnell, Chelsea Sundberg, Anthony Tasselli and Leah Vazquez.

Exhibit Design

Gail Griswold is a graphic designer and lecturer at Chapman University. Her exhibit work has been on display throughout California for such clients as the Great Park, Irvine; The Old Orange County Courthouse, Santa Ana; Ventura County Public Health; Laura Scudder Foods; Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton.

Carlota Haider (Exhibit Designer and Installer): Carlota F. Haider, an alumna of California State University, Fullerton, is an exhibition consultant who has won national and regional awards for her exhibitions.  With her background in history and art, she has found a perfect application of her degrees as a designer, curator, and installer focusing on historical and cultural exhibits. She finds exhibitions a challenging and effective way to convey ideas to a wide range of audiences.


VALIS:  an opera by Tod Machover based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. BRIDGE 9007  (p) and (c) 1988,

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