VALIS. Philip K. Dick.
(Dick, Philip K.)


NY: Bantam Books, 1981. Uncorrected page proofs of the first of Dick’s incomplete VALIS trilogy. The title is an acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System, a gnostic vision of one aspect of God. The novel itself establishes the possibility of a rational, gnostic “deity” that provided humans with a shared reality. The protagonist, Horselover Fat, experiences visions that expose the hidden reality of earth. He and his companions theorize that there is some sort of space probe orbiting earth and aiding their quest to research Fat’s revelations. The probe also fictionally aided in the discovery of the Watergate scandal and the resignation of Richard Nixon. Throughout the novel, Dick posits a number of explanations for alternate realities or planes of existence, considering pre-Socratic, religious, and gnostic philosophies, in addition to aliens. Perhaps undermining all this previous philosophizing, Dick also presents the possibility that Fat is experiencing drug-induced hallucinations or is schizophrenic. Indeed, Dick himself is both narrator of the novel and Horselover Fat. VALIS is a novelization of Dick’s own religious and visionary experiences, which he expressed in his lengthy Exegesis. Bound in green wrappers, with inch-long mark to upper cover and inch-and-a-half-long separation of lower portion of upper cover from spine. A near fine copy of rare proofs of the novel that best epitomizes Philip K. Dick. Item #27749

Price: $650.00

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