1928 [or thereabouts] to 1999 Timeline

5000 years ago dust abacus
2500 years ago bead & wire abacus

1928 Phil's born
1947 I'm born; Reynolds wrap
1955 Solar Lottery
1956 The World Jones Made, The Man Who Japed
1957 Sputnik launched; ARPA formed, Eye in the Sky, The Cosmic Puppets
1959 Time Out of Joint
1960 Vulcan's Hammer, Dr. Futurity
1962 The Man in the High Castle
1963 The Game Players of Titan
1964 Martian Time-Slip, The Unteleported Man, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, The Simulacra, The Penultimate Truth, Clans of the Alphane Moon
1965 Dr. Bloodmoney
1966 Now Wait for Last Year, The Crack in Space
1967 Counter Clock World, The Zap Gun, The Ganymede Takeover
1968 "2001: A Space Odyssey," Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
1969 Ubik, Galactic Pot Healer

70 Monty Python's spam skit, bar codes, A Maze of Death, Our Friends from Frolix 8
71 UNIX: the first generation, lst INTEL microprocessor chip, Wang 1200
72 lst email, Landsat I, We Can Build You
73 Reggae: streaming out of Jamaica
74 my lst letter from Phil: "internet" enters our language, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
75 Confessions of a Crap Artist
76 lst routers and UUCP, the Apple-I (priced at $666.66), BG publicly denounces software piracy, Deus Irae
77 "Star Wars," A Scanner Darkly
78 Zap Gun
79 USENET

80 Gardner Dozois coins the term "cyberpunk," Voyager 1
81 my last letter from Phil, BITNET, peripheral mice devices, lst IBM PC running under DOS, VALIS, The Divine Invasion
82 Phil dies (peace, my friend), TCP/IP, Commodore 64, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
84 DNS, Gibson speaks of "cyberspace"
85 Radio Free Albemuth
86 Al Gore speaks of the "information superhighway"--a loss to history that its first roadkill and litter weren't recorded
87 Nancy Reagan says "say no" to drugs (no, never before breakfast), NSFNET
88 first internet "worm"--named from John Brunner's Shockwave Riders (published a decade earlier)--released and "hacker" enters our vocabulary

90 EFF, ARCHIE, Tim Behrens-Lee introduces the "world wide web"
91 GOPHER, PGP
92 the cleverly named VERONICA (Very Easy Rodent Oriented Net-wide Index to Computerized Archives) & the vapid phrase "surfing the internet" are introduced: CERN puts out the lst browser--freeware
93 NCSA Mosaic, the Casper Wyoming Star-Tribune becomes the first U.S. newspaper on the net, "spiders" begin searching and archiving
94 Pizza Hut accepts online orders
95 Commercially available scanners can output pages of text as readable image files, my first web page (the joy of data), AOLers smarm the net--and WWW exceeds FTP traffic
96 microsoft discovers the internet ("Windows 2000; users zilch" is the score), Netscape gives us cookies (gee, thanks)
97 Gene Roddenberry's ashes make it to the moon
98 goodby Netscape, hello lst DOJ Microsoft monopolistic practices suit
99 the Melissa viral pandemic and Network Solutions' disappearing the Internic domain lookup site seem like big deals at the time


The preceding is neither an authoritative bibliography nor a history of the digital age; it just places letters Phil Dick wrote me in a temporal context. He had already written many major novels and was in the process of writing more. The letters, a mere 200 pages, are a small part of the corpus of even his self-documentation.