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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This book analyzes the ouvre of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick and explores his meditations on psychic reality and psychosis, Christian mysticism, Eastern religion, and modern spiritualism. Dick died in the spring quarter of the author’s first (academic) year in California. For many years during his tenure at the University of California, students would claim to recognize Dick’s influence in his classes. They were each time surprised that he had never read any of Dick’s works. In time for the new millennium the author decided to read Dick’s The Divine Invasion, the second volume of the Valis trilogy and which includes representations of the Devil. The result of that engagement is this book, a thought experiment that focuses on Dick’s relevance as a pulp sci-fi author and paranoid visionary.

Keywords:   science fiction, Philip K. Dick, psychic reality, psychosis, Christian mysticism, Eastern religion, spiritualism, The Divine Invasion, Devil, Valis

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