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and#8220;A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. The Exegesis is the sort of book associated with legends and madmen, but Dick wasnand#8217;t a legend and he wasnand#8217;t mad. He lived among us, and was a genius.and#8221;and#8212;Jonathan Lethem

Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dickand#8217;s brilliant, and epic, work.

In the Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called and#8220;2-3-74,and#8221; a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe and#8220;transformed into information.and#8221; In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, in a freewheeling voice that ranges through personal confession, esoteric scholarship, dream accounts, and fictional fugues, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit.

This volume, the culmination of many years of transcription and archival research, has been annotated by the editors and by a unique group of writers and scholars chosen to offer a range of views into one of the most improbable and mind-altering manuscripts ever brought to light.

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In early 1974, Phillip K. Dick, acclaimed science fiction author who wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Man in the High Castle, began to experience what he could only describe as religious revelations that included hallucinations and detailed insights into extra-terrestrial influence on human history. His later novels explore the significance of these insights, but his Exegesis was an 8,000 page project to document and interpret them he maintained until his death in 1982. Nearly every night he would write dozens of pages about everything from a Vast Artificial Living Intelligence System (VALIS) orbiting some distant planet, to pantheism and the prophetic thesis that "the [Roman] empire never ended." Never published before except in extracts, this collection edited by Pamela Jackson, an independent scholar of Dick's work, and American novelist Jonathan Lethem, finally brings this important text to light. In addition to simply transcribing Dick's original notes, they also include plates that reproduce numerous diagrams and hand-written annotations Dick made, and provide their own end-notes and glossary to clarify the copious allusions Dick made to history, philosophy and theology. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick will make this tantalizing work available to the public for the first time. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work.

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Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick contains twenty-one of Dick's most dazzling and resonant stories, including  "The Minority Report," the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," the basis for the film Total Recall. With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.

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A dazzling, decades-spanning novel that features fictional characters and actual historical figures making their way through a labyrinth that connects WWII spycraft, the occultism of Aleister Crowley, the Jonestown massacre, pulp science fiction, Latin American revolutionaries, and new wave music.

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Mixing the invented and the real, The House of Rumour explores WWII spy intrigue (featuring Ian Fleming), occultism (Aleister Crowley), the West Coast science-fiction set (Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and Philip K. Dick all appear), and the new wave music scene of the 80s. The decades-spanning, labyrinthine plot even weaves in The Jonestown Massacre and Rudolf Hess, UFO sightings and B-movies. Told through multiple narrators, what at first appears to be a constellation of random events begins to cohere as the work of a shadow organization—or is it just coincidence? Tying the strands together is Larry Zagorski, an early pulp fiction writer turned U.S. fighter pilot turned "American gnostic," who looks back on his long and eventful life, searching for connections between the seemingly disparate parts. The teeming network of interlaced secrets he uncovers has personal relevance—as it mirrors a book of 22 interconnected stories he once wrote, inspired by the major arcana cards in the tarot. Hailed as an heir to Don DeLillos Underworld by The Guardian, The House of Rumour is a tour de force that sweeps the reader through a centurys worth of secret histories.

Synopsis:

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick contains twenty-one of Dicks most dazzling and resonant stories, which span his entire career and show a world-class writer working at the peak of his powers.

In “The Days of Perky Pat,” people spend their time playing with dolls who manage to live an idyllic life no longer available to the Earths real inhabitants. “Adjustment Team” looks at the fate of a man who by mistake has stepped out of his own time. In “Autofac,” one community must battle benign machines to take back control of their lives. And in “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” we follow the story of one man whose very reality may be nothing more than a nightmare. The collection also includes such classic stories as “The Minority Report,” the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” the basis for the film Total Recall. With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.

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Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into theandnbsp;Science Fictionandnbsp;Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated intoandnbsp;more than twenty-fiveandnbsp;languages.

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of nine novels, including Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Gun, with Occasional Music.andnbsp;Dissident Gardens is his most recent novel.

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srdjan, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by srdjan)
This book is an epic metaphysical exploration of the universe.
The Exegesis, to me, is an incredible thing to read and behold, something that has impressed me as a work of modern genius possibly more than anything else I have ever read.
The binding is attractive and gold beneath the dust jacket; the pages are light and crisp with 8 glossy photocopied entries from the Exegesis in the center; the type design is pleasantly minimal and unobtrusive.
In the Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called “2-3-74,” a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe “transformed into information.” In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, in a freewheeling voice that ranges through personal confession, esoteric scholarship, dream accounts, and fictional fugues, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit.
This volume, the culmination of many years of transcription and archival research, has been annotated by the editors and by a unique group of writers and scholars chosen to offer a range of views into one of the most improbable and mind-altering manuscripts ever brought to light.
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The most off-the-scale AwesOMe & Multidimensional downloading of the Hologrammatological Hall of Records this uppercased Reader has flat-out ever encountered!
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sheila_clover, November 9, 2011 (view all comments by sheila_clover)
Philip K. Dick was a brilliant author whose novels delved deep into topics such as political and corporate control, pure science, and the true nature of identity and the perception of reality. Much of his work is classified as science fiction, but it is unfair to believe that simply because the genre holds no appeal for you that you will fail to enjoy the final and ultimate work by this progressive and remarkable author. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick was the last novel by this late genius. The book is a collection of notes, journal entries, letters, and sketches that deal with Dick's religious visions and his experiences with faith. The novel, which was compiled and introduced by editors Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, serves as a powerful reminder of Dick's incredible mind and helps to enlighten readers with its peculiar but broad scope. Many of Dick's novels and short stories have been adapted to film (Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report), but the potency of his writing is something to behold. Although he passed away a few decades ago, his writing is still very much relevant, and there are some who consider Dick a sort of precursor to post-modernism. The Exegesis is perfect for any reader of science fiction (and it is likely that true science fiction fanatics are already familiar with Dick's novels), but do not limit yourself. This novel would also be much appreciated by any reader who enjoys intelligent work that explores topics such as religion and faith, the potential for a truly objective reality, and what it means to have an identity in this strange and sometimes unbelievable world. Dick's writing is lucid and sometimes surreal. It will likely be appreciated by ant reader who happens to stumble upon its brilliance. Do not miss The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip Dick.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547549255
Author:
Dick, Philip K
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Jackson, Pamela
Author:
Arnott, Jake
Author:
Dick, Philip K.
Author:
Lethem, Jonathan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8-pp insert
Pages:
976
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.51 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick will make this tantalizing work available to the public for the first time. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work.
"Synopsis" by , Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick contains twenty-one of Dick's most dazzling and resonant stories, including  "The Minority Report," the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," the basis for the film Total Recall. With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.
"Synopsis" by , A dazzling, decades-spanning novel that features fictional characters and actual historical figures making their way through a labyrinth that connects WWII spycraft, the occultism of Aleister Crowley, the Jonestown massacre, pulp science fiction, Latin American revolutionaries, and new wave music.

"Synopsis" by , Mixing the invented and the real, The House of Rumour explores WWII spy intrigue (featuring Ian Fleming), occultism (Aleister Crowley), the West Coast science-fiction set (Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and Philip K. Dick all appear), and the new wave music scene of the 80s. The decades-spanning, labyrinthine plot even weaves in The Jonestown Massacre and Rudolf Hess, UFO sightings and B-movies. Told through multiple narrators, what at first appears to be a constellation of random events begins to cohere as the work of a shadow organization—or is it just coincidence? Tying the strands together is Larry Zagorski, an early pulp fiction writer turned U.S. fighter pilot turned "American gnostic," who looks back on his long and eventful life, searching for connections between the seemingly disparate parts. The teeming network of interlaced secrets he uncovers has personal relevance—as it mirrors a book of 22 interconnected stories he once wrote, inspired by the major arcana cards in the tarot. Hailed as an heir to Don DeLillos Underworld by The Guardian, The House of Rumour is a tour de force that sweeps the reader through a centurys worth of secret histories.
"Synopsis" by ,

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick contains twenty-one of Dicks most dazzling and resonant stories, which span his entire career and show a world-class writer working at the peak of his powers.

In “The Days of Perky Pat,” people spend their time playing with dolls who manage to live an idyllic life no longer available to the Earths real inhabitants. “Adjustment Team” looks at the fate of a man who by mistake has stepped out of his own time. In “Autofac,” one community must battle benign machines to take back control of their lives. And in “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” we follow the story of one man whose very reality may be nothing more than a nightmare. The collection also includes such classic stories as “The Minority Report,” the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” the basis for the film Total Recall. With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.

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