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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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Publisher Comments:

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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Review:

"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:

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.*

Synopsis:

Horselover Fat begins receiving what he considers to be divine revelations that imply extraterrestrial forces are interfering in the affairs of the Earth

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400079391
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Author:
Dick, Philip K.
Author:
Philip, K. Dick
Subject:
Fiction-Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Fiction : Science Fiction - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Audio Books-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1981
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
241

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Product details 241 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9781400079391 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.*
"Synopsis" by , Horselover Fat begins receiving what he considers to be divine revelations that imply extraterrestrial forces are interfering in the affairs of the Earth
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