The American novelist and short story writer Philip Kindred Dick (1928 - 1982) wrote science fiction stories that were often of a dystopian nature. Those works tend to be dominated by strong central governments with strict authoritarian control and monopolistic corporations. Many readers have been exposed to these themes through some of the movies that were adapted from his novels; Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, and Minority Report.
On his own writing, Dick commented, "In my writing I even question the universe; I wonder out loud if it is real, and I wonder out loud if all of us are real."
While most of his work is protected by copyright, there are a few titles which have passed into the public domain, including Second Variety and the excellent story The Hanging Stranger. We feature Dick's story, Mr. Spaceship in our Science Fiction Study Guide