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Polycystic Kidney Disease

I’ve decided to add information about Polycystic Kidney Disease to this blog since my brother-in-law died from this last week.  My mother-in-law also had it and 3 of her children inherited this disease. 176 more words


PKD, hypothyroidism, and two different reactions to the same book

I read a free sample of a book at two different times of my life.

The first time I read it, I was new to my lunch lady job, and I found myself sitting in my parked car, yelling at my Kindle, reacting to the author’s words as though he were holding me up as a cautionary tale to a group of tourists – who then quietly (some of them whispering to their neighbors) walked carefully around me, looking at me sideways and crossing themselves as they passed. 989 more words

The Divine Invasion (1981) by Philip K. Dick

“When has the government ever told anyone the truth?” (p.76)

The Divine Invasion was published in the same year as VALIS. It is the second book in the VALIS Trilogy, although there is only a brief mention of VALIS in the story.

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Book Review

The Divine Invasion (VALIS #2) (1981) by Philip K. Dick

And yet–his ultimate move had fallen through because Linda Fox … it had been the wrong time. Her menstrual cycle, he thought. Linda Fox has periods and cramps? 289 more words

Science Fiction

Some Thoughts on The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

A criticism often levelled at Dick is that his female characters are badly written, and it’s hard to deny it. Particularly in his earlier work, the female characters, when they exist at all, are an amalgamation of every dreadful trope regarding women in popular fiction. 881 more words


Emotional Triggers

I do have to say that, overall, I’m doing pretty well and am very lucky.  I have a wonderful family and many friends.  My family consists of two devoted children, their spouses of whom I’m very fond and with whom I get along well, and 3 incredibly adorable grandchildren.   289 more words

VALIS (1981) by Philip K. Dick

Beyond the reality bending, beyond the suburban discontent, beyond the fragile male ego expressed as nonchalant sexism, PKD’s preference for the word “vast” most struck me from the very first novel I read by him, especially by the time Jason tells Alys, “But you’re vast,” (170) in  527 more words

Science Fiction