The holder of a BS in biomedical science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Todd Belok serves as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital. In his leisure time, Todd Belok enjoys reading, particularly the novels of the late science-fiction author Philip K. Dick.
Born in Chicago in 1928 and later moving to California, Dick started to write professionally in the 1950s, launching a career that produced 44 books and 122 short stories. His works often dealt with altered states of mind and psychological difficulties.
Ten years after he became an author, Dick won the Hugo Award for his 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle. The book presents an alternate post-World War II scenario in which the United States was defeated and occupied by Japan and Germany. The book proved Dick able to weave serious literary value into a science-fiction framework. It was adapted into a television series in 2015.
Other Dick stories made into movies were Minority Report, Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Though not filmed, Dick’s novel Ubik was named by Time magazine as one of America’s top 100 novels.