Dick, Philip K. (1928 – 1982)

An extraordinary typed letter signed, ‘Love, Phil’, adding a heart with arrow, three pages, January 12th 1981. A lengthy letter to science fiction author Patricia Warrick.

In part: ‘I see, retrospectively, more merit in Charles Platt’s criticism of my 11-17-80 experience than I had been seeing. 1) If my March 1974 experience was a genuine theophany, I possess new information about the Deity and the Deity’s relationship to world than is commonly understood. 2) But if 11-17-80 is the valid theophany—in contra-distinction—then however subjectively wonderful it was (e.g. to feel infinite love and infinite bliss) I have no new theological-philosophical-epistemological information as a result of it, since in every and all respects this theophany (if that is what it was) consisted of absolute orthodoxy. I do not mean relative orthodoxy: I mean absolute.” He goes on to make twelve points related to the concept of the “macro-brain”.’ In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

In the months of February and March 1974, Dick, then still convalescing and medicating himself from an impacted wisdom tooth, began to experience a series of hallucinations following a visit from a young woman delivering him an order of the analgesic Dorzan. The hallucinations consisted of intelligent “pink beams”, geometric patterns, images of Christ and ancient Rome, and a belief that his mind was being invaded ‘by a transcendentally rational mind’ to which he referred to as ‘Zebra,’ ‘God,’ and ‘VALIS.’ The length and frequency of the visions and visitations to Dick dispelled the notion that they were in fact medicinal side effects, and he soon became convinced that he was living two parallel lives: one as himself and the other as ‘Thomas’, a Christian persecuted by Romans in the first century AD. Dick wrote about these experiences in the semi-autobiographical novel Radio Free Albemuth, VALIS, The Divine Invasion, and then in the unfinished The Owl in Daylight.