Washington Post error.

Dana Beal dana at cures-not-wars.org
Wed Jul 31 17:16:41 EDT 2002


At 11:13 AM -0700 7/31/02, vector6 at space.com wrote:
>  A man wildly more popular postmortem, shaping
>our visions of the future from his grave, is just the
>kind of paradox Dick would have relished. (In
>"Valis," a character named Phil Dick is told that the
>government plans to write and publish novels in
>his name after his death.)

This is not actually in VALIS, but at the climax of RADIO FREE 
ALBEMUTH, which may be thought of as the screenplay for the movie 
"VALIS" in the book VALIS.

RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH was a first attempt that was turned down by 
Dick's publisher (too born-again Christian), and was published only 
after he died and his fans were jonesing for new Dick books. VALIS 
was his second attempt, and just made the cut--even though it's 
considered to be a very difficult read. But the story line for RADIO 
FREE ALBEMUTH survived and made it into VALIS thru an author's ruse. 
In the book, the VALIS entity is first encountered as movie roughly 
modeled on "The Man Who Fell to Earth"--but with the story line of 
ALBEMUTH.

VALIS, THE DIVINE INVASION, & THE TRANS-MIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER 
are often referred to as "the VALIS Trilogy"--but in reality it's a 
quartet, since you're really missing something unless you read 
ALBEMUTH. For one thing, it's much closer in time to Phil's religious 
experience, and conveys the flavor of that.

Other must-reads in this connection are NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR, TIME 
OUT OF JOINT, FLOW MY TEARS THE POLICEMAN SAID, and especially A MAZE 
OF DEATH (1968), which foreshadows many themes of the quartet. This 
was based on a story idea by Bill Sarrill, who lived with Phil in 
1968 and is still alive in Boston. Best books written on VALIS are IN 
PURSUIT OF VALIS & the "Report on the Staten Island Project": 
IBOGAINE STORY.

Interesting, drug abuse, addiction, the Grail myth and the lost 
entheogen of the early Gnostics are an important sub-theme in VALIS. 
Christ stopped at Eboga.

Dana/cnw



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