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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 163 x 198 x 21mm | 254g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1857983394
  • 9781857983395
  • 5,912

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For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first
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One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac * Sunday Times * My literary hero * Fay Weldon * For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first * Terry Gilliam *
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About Philip K Dick

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.

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27,103 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 35% (9,467)
4 35% (9,376)
3 21% (5,728)
2 7% (1,797)
1 3% (735)

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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 more
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