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Philip K Dick




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Kerosina Books (January 1, 1987)



Valis With Cosmogony and Cosmology e-book

by Philip K Dick

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Valis (stylized as VALIS) is a 1981 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick

Valis (stylized as VALIS) is a 1981 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. The title is an acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System, Dick's gnostic vision of one aspect of God. It is the first book in the incomplete VALIS trilogy of novels, followed by The Divine Invasion (1981). The planned third novel, The Owl in Daylight, had not yet taken definite shape at the time of the author's death

Cosmogony and Cosmology (1978). An electronic-music opera with a libretto based on the Dick novel Valis premieres to great acclaim in the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Cosmogony and Cosmology (1978). The Tagore Letter (1981). Part Six: Selections from the Exegesis. Philip K. Dick (1928-82), author of more than fifty volumes of novels and stories, has become, since his death, the focus of one of the most remarkable literary reappraisals of modern times. From his longtime status as a patronized pulp writer of trashy science fiction, Dick has now emerged-in the minds of a broad range of critics and fellow artists-as one of the most unique and visionary talents in the history of American literature.

Perhaps Philip K Dick's greatest quote ever appears in this book.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Perhaps Philip K Dick's greatest quote ever appears in this book. It occurs when the author himself is challenged to define 'reality,' to which he responds, "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

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An Interview From Beyond the Kenoma with Philip K. Dick and Vance Socci - Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. Long before the Matrix Trilogy was produced, a lone man's imagination and/or contact with the Cosmic posited that we live in an artificial construct; this man's name is Phillip K. Dick, who brought us such masterpieces as Blade Runner. Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. Nov 10, 2016 at 12:40am. Based on Cosmogony and Cosmology by Philip K.

Precious Artifacts: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography. 24 December at 09:28 ·. Public. Posts to thephildickian. To me, this is pretty cool. English (UK)Українська Español.

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Favorite book, not only my favorite PKD book but my absolute favorite, changed my life; altered the course in which my life was heading! A fantastic read, couldn't put it down. Everyone should read at least one PKD book in their lifetime and if only given the choice of one, this would be my suggestion, it is one of the latter books in his daunting library, if you know about his life and writings then you'll know that his latter works are much more philosophically inclined with, theology, politics, and socioeconomic comments woven throughout, not just the standard fare for science fiction but truly inspired. Dick himself, shortly before writing this book, had an episode of some kind that caused him to suffer what was thought to be some sort of stroke that was followed by his glossolalia-speaking over an extended period of time (which his friends present at the time have argued was actually Aramaic, Greek, & Latin, it would shift between which). By his own admission, it was his own loss of language and any recognizable thought pattern during that time, that started him writing this fantastically surreal, yet terrifying foundation to the Valis trilogy.
Most people won't tolerate this book. They'll roll their eyes and put it down after the esoteric second chapter. These folks are the lucky ones.

Those who do comprehend all the gnostic, Jungian, Platonic, Taoist and so on strangeness of PKD's break-from-reality theology are not really in for a treat, but rather a descent into darkness. Of course, that's why this writer's fans love him. It's a cerebral, surreal ride alright--but it is disturbing.

After all the suicide, mental illness and theology, a genuine plot begins to develop in the second half of the book. It's a cult and second-coming story. God has called special people to whom he communicates through pink lights and a film, made by a rock musician, called 'Valis'. It's weird and the characters are annoyingly wrapped up in their own narrow word-view.

There is, in the end, a humanity to it all. The novel forces you to question your own irrational beliefs and stupidity. It also educates you on quite a wide variety of esoteric theology and philosophy. I loved this stuff when I first read it in college. Now, decades later, its phantasmagorical grip on me has lost a little of its muscle. But I do appreciate how it inspires creative, analytical reflection in its readers.

Perhaps Philip K Dick's greatest quote ever appears in this book. It occurs when the author himself is challenged to define 'reality,' to which he responds,

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
Philip K had an amazing mind. He was an excellent writer. No one has ever been able to narrate the unraveling of such an amazing mind with the clarity of Philip K Dick. An outstanding read.
Some of the reviews of Dick's work gave me pause for thought but I bought Valis anyway given how inexpensive it was. Well, I should have listened to my little inner voice telling me "This is not your type of book."

The writing is excellent but the topic and characters are so odd that I quit after about 60 pages. The dialog between the two personalities inhabiting a single body grows very tiresome. Perhaps if you are REALLY into metaphysical ramblings you'll like this (it's very well done and actually a bit witty) but for me it just wasn't worth the investment in time.
Sometimes a book unsettles you and makes you silently shake your head in fascinated disbelieve while you are reading it; sometimes a book profoundly affects your mood; sometimes is hard to put down from the moment you read the first couple of pages. "VALIS" did all of that to me. The late great Philip K. Dick is more known for his excellent science fiction novels, some of which have been made into movies ("Blade Runner", "Total Recall"). While "VALIS" has no spaceships or robots (only one cryptic "ancient satellite"), it shares a main theme with Dick's SciFi: An uncertainty about the very nature of reality and about the identity of the protagonist, in this case a strange fellow by the name of Horselover Fat. And the fact that the story of the book takes place in California in the 70s and not 200 years in the future or on Mars makes it even more chilling and disturbing; you just don't expect information to be beamed into someone's head in Berkeley in '74 (well, maybe you do?), while you'd expect all kinds of freakish things to happen on a Martian colony in the year 2512.
The book appears to be autobiographical to a large degree. Fat (= "Dick" means "Fat" in German; PKD uses some German and Latin in this book, which he mostly gets right) essentially goes trough a lengthy schizophrenic episode, including hearing voices and a botched suicide attempt. He takes the voices he hears as information projected into his head from a large alien rational agent, or VALIS (vast active living intelligent system), and works hard to connect this experience to ancient theology. He, Fat, just as Dick in real life, is very well read in Eastern and Western philosophy and theology and tries to find a place for what is happening to his mind in these modern and ancient bodies of ideas. The most parsimonious explanation he can come up with is that all history between 70 AD and 1974 is pure invention - the (Roman) empire has never ended.
But during all this theorizing about Jesus' disciples and information gathered from distant alien sources, Dick (Fat) comes back to his (their?) daily life, which is often quite depressing. One of his friends commits suicide. Another one dies of cancer, and the approach of death turns her into a bitter and nasty woman. Fat gets divorced and thrown in the state mental institution after his suicide attempt, and finds his life in shambles after he gets out. Often the transitions between the astral philosophical musings and the descriptions of a call by his ex to remind him about his child support payments happen in one paragraph.
A very unusual book. It made me feel uneasy about the downward spiral Fat's life takes, while at the same time thoroughly thinking trough the outlandish theories he comes up with. It made me purchase the text about the Presocratic Greek thinkers Dick often quotes and I now really want to learn more about psychiatry as well.

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