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How would you react to having a pink laser beam information directly into your brain and having the experience of simultaneously living in the present and the time of the Christian apostles? A writer of science fiction, Philip K. Dick used it as fodder for his last trilogy of books before his death. VALIS is the first of those, and probably the most autobiographical. The reader is left constantly wondering what is real, and whether or not the narrator is insane. I don't want to spoil any of the schizophrenic fun — just read the book and try to figure it out for yourself.
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VALIS is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being are The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; 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.*

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"The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation — this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges, and have had him for thirty years." Ursula K. Le Guin, New Republic*

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Valis is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being are The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; 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.

"The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation--this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges, and have had him for thirty years."--Ursula K. Le Guin, New Republic

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679734468
Author:
Dick, Philip K
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Editor:
Dick, Philip K.
Author:
Dick, Philip K.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
v. 10
Publication Date:
19910731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.06x5.16x.65 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679734468 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

How would you react to having a pink laser beam information directly into your brain and having the experience of simultaneously living in the present and the time of the Christian apostles? A writer of science fiction, Philip K. Dick used it as fodder for his last trilogy of books before his death. VALIS is the first of those, and probably the most autobiographical. The reader is left constantly wondering what is real, and whether or not the narrator is insane. I don't want to spoil any of the schizophrenic fun — just read the book and try to figure it out for yourself.

"Review" by , "The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation — this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges, and have had him for thirty years." Ursula K. Le Guin, New Republic*
"Synopsis" by , Valis is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being are The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; 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.

"The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation--this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges, and have had him for thirty years."--Ursula K. Le Guin, New Republic

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