I just finished Valis – a Philip K. Dick novel genuinely unlike anything I’ve ever read. If you’ve never read PKD before, this certainly isn’t the novel to start with – I’d recommend Three Stigmata or a collection of short stories for that – but once you’re used to his fractured writing style and stunning ability to twist logic Valis is an excellent read. Kinda.
It began with a blinding light. A divine revelation from a mysterious intelligence that called itself VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System). And with that, the fabric of reality was torn apart and laid bare so that anything seemed possible but nothing seemed quite right.
It was madness, pure and simple.
But what if it were true?
Having read that I’ll now tell you that it’s semi-autobiographical. That’s why it’s best to build up to 🙂