Monday, September 21, 2009

Philip K. Dick - Tour Today

Good friend Greg Bishop has the following to say about Philip K. Dick at UFOMystic; the blog we run together:

"C’mon, you don’t have a job. You don’t have anything to do Monday afternoon. You live in California, where mystic science fiction writer Philip K. Dick lived most of his adult life, specifically in Fullerton, where my friend (and co-founder of The Excluded Middle magazine) Robert Larson grew up.

"Robert will be leading a tour of his hometown, where he has painstakingly located many sites that Dick mentioned in his novels, including the apartment where the 'pink beam' of a Vast Active Living Intelligence System (or VALIS for short) allegedly struck Dick on February 3, 1974, changing his life forever.

"Dick did not take his strange experiences literally, at least not in the way that caused belief in one interpretation and stopped his personal evolution. In this way, he was much like psychologist Carl Jung, who was one of his inspirations. Coincidentally, Jung’s intensely personal journal known as the 'Red Book' will be published this fall."

Greg concludes: "Robert will meet Phil Dick seekers at the corner of East Chapman Avenue and North State College Boulevard in Fullerton at 3PM on September 21st. The event is sponsored by the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists (LOWFI) and is free, but donations for the tourguide will be accepted."

So, you may ask, why am I mentioning this here? Simple!

My new book, Science Fiction Secrets, includes a whole chapter on (A) Philip K. Dick's relationship with the FBI; (B) the Bureau's file on the man; and (C) letters from Dick to the G-Men - written in the 1970s - in which the famous author outlined his theories concerning a conspiracy of truly cosmic proportions that linked the world of science-fiction with ultra-right-wing groups...

1 comment:

Greg Bishop said...

Thanks for the link Nick. It was a good tour. We visited the "pink beam"/ VALIS apartment and a few other Dickian residences in the Fullerton area. Pictures to come at my flickr page.