Evidently Philip K. Dick loved the film The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie and directed by Nicolas Roeg. Dick said “Seeing it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I thought it was one of the best films, not just science fiction, but one of the best I have ever seen. Incredibly original, provocative, full of ideas, beautiful in texture and glorious overall.” Dick added, “In no way is Valis related to the plot and theme of The Man Who Fell to Earth, but the idea I got from it is that if a science fiction film is well done, it could be a source of knowledge and information. like anything else from which we normally acquire the same knowledge and information.”
Valis by Philip K. Dick is fascinating and philosophical with an abundance of nuggets that make you pause and consider what has been written. One thing that is clear by this late work of Dick’s is that he is a genius and a singular creative talent and comet that does not come around often.
Learn more about Valis and Philip K. Dick on The New Yorker.
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