Voices from the Street
|Voices From the Street|
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
|Author||Philip K. Dick|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 22|
|LC Classification||PS3554.I3 V65 2007|
Voices From The Street is an early realist, non-science fiction novel by science fiction author Philip K. Dick, written in the early 1950s. Unpublished at the time, it was released on January 23, 2007 by Tor Books for the first time.
As with many of his early books which were considered unsuitable for publication when they were first submitted as manuscripts, this was not science fiction, but rather literary fiction. The original manuscript was 547 pages in length. There is some speculation that the unpleasant marriage in the manuscript may be an attempt by Dick to sort out his own faltering second marriage to Kleo Apostolides (1950–58), as noted in Lawrence Sutin and Emmanuel Carriere's biographies of the author.
- Stuart Hadley is a young radio-electronics salesman in early 1950s in a town south of San Francisco, California. Hadley is also an angry young man, an artist, a dreamer, and a screw-up. He has what many would consider an ideal life; a nice house, a pretty wife, a good job with prospects of advancement, but he still feels unfulfilled; something is missing from his life. From drinking to sex to religious fanaticism, Hadley unsuccessfully tries to fill his void. He reacts to his wife's love and kindness of his employer with anxiety and fear rather than acceptance. This is the story of Hadley's descent into depression and madness, and the story of his redemption.
Connections to other Dick works
Hadley's boss, Fergesson, appeared briefly in Dick's previous novel Gather Yourselves Together, and appears again in Dick's later post-apocalyptic science fiction novel Dr. Bloodmoney (1964), again as proprietor of a television and radio repair shop, although he is killed in the opening stages of World War III. The character of Hadley also returns in Dr. Bloodmoney, as a black man, as opposed to the Caucasian character that he was in Voices from the Street, and again in Dick's science fiction novel The Crack in Space (1966). In this novel, the character is once again Caucasian, and works for a character named Darius Pethel, who is essentially the same as Fergesson. However, despite these multiple appearances of characters, the books in which this happens are mutually exclusive, and the characters in each make no references to incidents that took place in the others.
- Lawrence Sutin: Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K Dick:London: Gollancz: 2006: ISBN 0-575-07858-8
- Emmanuel Carrère I am Alive and You are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K Dick: London: Bloomsbury: 2006: ISBN 0-7475-6919-3