Philip K. Dick VALIS

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By Philip K. Dick

Originally published in 1981
Trade paperback published by Vintage Books
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  Plot Summary:
A coterie of religious seekers forms to explore the revelatory visions of one Horselover Fat; a semi-autobiographical dialogue of PKD. The groups hermeneutical research leads to a rock musician's estate where they confront the Messiah: a two-year old named Sophia. She confirms their suspicions that an ancient, mechanical intelligence orbiting the earth has been guiding their discoveries.

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"The first of Dick's three final novels (the others are Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). Known as science fiction only for lack of a better category, "Valis" takes place in our world and may even be semi-autobiographical. It is a fool's search for God, who turns out to be a virus, a joke, and a mental hologram transmitted from an orbiting satellite.
     The proponent of the novel, Horselover Fat, is thrust into a theological quest when he receives communion in a burst of pink laser light. From the cancer ward of a bay area hospital to the ranch of a fraudulent charismatic religious figure who turns out to have a direct com link with God, Dick leads us down the twisted paths of Gnostic belief, mixed with his own bizarre and compelling philosophy. Truly an eye opening look at the nature of consciousness and divinity." Editorial Staff

"The quest for God is the binding theme of this trilogy. The 'funny and painful and sometimes brilliant' VALIS(anagram) finds protagonist and Dick alter-ego Horselover Fat unable to reconcile human suffering with his belief in God. Invasion is a 'fascinating and highly readable"' vision of Armageddon, blending New Testament, Kabbalah and Dick's own worldview. In Transmigration , Angel Archer reminisces about her father-in-law, Timothy, an Episcopal bishop obsessed with a set of ancient scrolls that shed faith-threatening new light on Jesus: 'This finely crafted, odd but compelling book demonstrates Dick's great erudition, keen human insight and subtle ironic sense of humor.'"
    Publisher's Weekly, © 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Valis Cover Art Gallery

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Valis - Cover 8 (Spanish)
Valis - Cover 9 (Japan)
Valis - Cover 10 (French)
Valis - Cover 13 (British)
Valis - Cover 14 (Portugese), Part 1
Valis - Cover 15 (Portugese), Part 2
Valis - Cover 16 (German)
Valis - Cover 17 (Polish)
Valis - Cover 18 (Hebrew)
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