April 12, 2013

VALIS

[Fat said,] “That’s what he deserves: a Great Judge exactly like himself.”

“That’s not a bad theological idea,” I said. “You find yourself facing yourself.”

–Philip K. Dick, VALIS

comments

  1. Doc on April 13th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Ferris Fremont: not a crook.

    After ‘The Transmigration of Timothy Archer’ probably my favorite Dick book.

  2. Cooper on April 16th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Hey, Doc. I’m in Divine Invasion now, with Transmigration on the way.

  3. Doc on April 17th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Have fun, Cooper.

    When you’re done I’ll tell you about The Owl in Daylight.

    But don’t think about that now.

  4. Cooper on April 19th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I’m about 1/5 into Transmigration now.

  5. Sheila Ryan on April 21st, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I wish I were even that far into transmigration.

  6. Cooper Renner on April 24th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    You’re speaking, I take it, of your current course in Pythagorean transmigration.

  7. Cooper Renner on April 24th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I finished the VALIS Trilogy the other day. While not in any normal sense a trilogy, but rather a linked trio of books, all three are interesting (the second the least so) and worth reading. Transmigration is particularly fine, and is in no sense science fiction.

  8. Doc on April 25th, 2013 at 7:40 am

    always thought transmigration one of the better (popular) treatments on the nature(s) of belief.

    am biased though: there was a period where i didn’t read any scifi unless it was penned by dick, lem, disch or calvino. which was shortly after my asimov, bester, clark and heinlein obsession…

    (i go in waves)

  9. Cooper on April 25th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Sheila will remember, long ago, when I read virtually nothing but SF and fantasy (and of course poetry). I read a lot of Clarke and Heinlein, but little or none of the others you mention. Transmigration, had it been written in French or Spanish, would have been published as literary fiction. Their literatures aren’t as ghettoized as ours has been up until very recently.