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Valis (Paperback)

Author:  Philip K. Dick
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0547572417
ISBN-13: 9780547572413
Sku: 219464130
Publish Date: 10/18/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  271
 
"Horselover Fat's nervous breakdown began the day he got the phonecall from Gloria asking if he had any Nembutals. He asked her why she wanted them and she said that intended to kill herself. She was calling everyone she knew. By now she had fifty of them, but she needed thirty or forty more to be on the safe side." (from the first line)
The first book in Philip K. Dick''s defining trilogy (followed by "The Divine Invasion" and "The Transmigration of Timothy Archer"), "VALIS "is a disorienting and bleakly funny novel about a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip Dick); the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser. "VALIS" is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime. Taking place in the same universe as Dick''s soon-to-be-published "Exegesis," "VALIS" is a dense novel, but one that is absolutely essential to understanding the author''s off-kilter worldview.
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The first book in Philip K. Dick's defining trilogy (followed by The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer), VALIS is a disorienting and bleakly funny novel about a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip Dick); the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser. VALIS is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime.

Taking place in the same universe as Dick's soon-to-be-published Exegesis, VALIS is a dense novel, but one that is absolutely essential to understanding the author's off-kilter worldview.

Annotation:
VALIS is the penultimate book that Philip K. Dick published before his death in 1982. Framed as a conversation between the author himself and Horselover Fat--a fictionalized stand-in for the author whose name is derived from Greek and German etymological connections with "Philip" and "Dick"--VALIS derives from a spiritual experience that Dick had in 1974. VALIS is an acronym standing for one aspect of Dick's conception of God: Vast Active Living Intelligence System, and in the story, Horselover Fat, along with a group of like-minded spiritualists, seeks answers to a series of visions Fat has had regarding the nature of God. The group's search leads them to the home of a wealthy musician, where they meet one manifestation of the divine.VALIS is the penultimate book that Philip K. Dick published before his death in 1982. Framed as a conversation between the author himself and Horselover Fat--a fictionalized stand-in for the author whose name is derived from Greek and German etymological connections with "Philip" and "Dick"--VALIS derives from a spiritual experience that Dick had in 1974. VALIS is an acronym standing for one aspect of Dick's conception of God: Vast Active Living Intelligence System, and in the story, Horselover Fat, along with a group of like-minded spiritualists, seeks answers to a series of visions Fat has had regarding the nature of God. The group's search leads them to the home of a wealthy musician, where they meet one manifestation of the divine.
Author Bio
Philip K. Dick
Generally regarded as one of the most important American science fiction writers, Philip Kindred Dick was one of a pair of twins born on December 16, 1928; both suffered from a series of physical and mental problems, which would kill Dick's sister, Jane Kindred, 41 days later, and would continue to plague him for the rest of his life. Exacerbated by a voluminous intake of amphetamines, his health continued to worsen as he produced an enormous body of work--nearly 50 novels and 115 short stories in the 29 years following his first published story at the age of 24 to his death from a stroke at the age of 53. Characterized by feelings of paranoia and underlying pessimism, his work includes the 1963 Hugo Award-winning THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE--an alternate history account of the post-World War II United States--THE CONFESSIONS OF A CRAP ARTIST, loosely based on the breakup of his second marriage, and DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, which became the basis for the movie BLADE RUNNER. In 1974 he experienced what he referred to as a "mystical experience," which he spent the last nine years of his life exploring in an unfinished book called EXEGESIS. By the time he died, it had swollen to 8,000 pages. Though he is best known outside the science fiction community as having written the sources for the movies BLADE RUNNER and TOTAL RECALL, his work was instrumental in bringing about a radical shift in American science fiction, moving it away from the stereotypical space adventure, infusing it with explicit political content, and introducing psychological depth to the characters.

Praise

Washington Post
"It is about madness, pain, deception, death, obsessive delusory states of mind, cruelty, solitude, imprisonment, and it is a joy to read."

Washington Post
"It is about madness, pain, deception, death, obsessive delusory states of mind, cruelty, solitude, imprisonment, and it is a joy to read."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0271
Product attributePublisher:   Mariner Books
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