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16 December, 2008 / Erik

PKD80

“That knowledge made me into a sick person that limped and cringed, but drove to work and filed the register and answered the phone and asked customers if I could help them … I became ill like a machine.”

— The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick

If you’ve never read the final Dick novel to be published during his lifetime, you need to drop everything else and go find a copy. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer is, to me, his best work. It is the culmination of his VALIS trilogy by way of the skeptical solution. Set in San Fransico of the late 1970s, it is not an overt work of science fiction. It is, nonetheless, a fantastic and fascinating read. This being the 80th birthday, I suggest this novel to one and all.

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