Book rating: 05 Paperback S.F. Masterworks

By (author) Philip K. Dick

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  • Publisher: Gollancz
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 12 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857983394
  • ISBN 13: 9781857983395
  • Sales rank: 21,464

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It began with a blinding light, a divine revelation from a mysterious intelligence that called itself VALIS. And with that, the fabric of reality was ripped open and laid bare so that anything seemed possible, but nothing seemed quite right. Part science fiction, part theological detective story in which God plays both the missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime, VALIS is both disorienting and eerily funny, and a joy to read.

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Author information

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, TIME OUT OF JOINT, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? and FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID. For more information visit

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By Josip Malenica 20 Mar 2011 5

It's hard to summarize what this book is about. It's about a lot of things. And then some. The way it's written and the themes it works with are so intertwined, like an unsolvable maze of thought, opinions, reality, surreality, persons, time, space, religion, politics, friendship, sanity, insanity, etc...

It's only an SF by the stretch of the genre definition. Personally I don't think this book falls into any genre. It's fiction and it's a biography and yet it's neither. It's one of those rare works that exist for themselves.

I definitely recommend this book. It's definitely one of the (if not THE) best book I've ever read.