Philip K. Dick - Typed Letter Signed [TLS] to Claudia Bush - No Publisher, 1974.


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Fullerton(?), California, No Publisher, 1974. . Unbound. A one-page (1pp) typed letter signed. Dated December 18th, 1974. The letter is signed by PKD with a small diagram and one correction. Addressed to Claudia Bush. Bush commenced her dialogue with PKD whilst writing her thesis on him for her MA at Idaho State University. The thesis was published as "The Splintered Shards: Reality and Illusion in the Novels of Philip K. Dick." Much of the Bush correspondence is held in the Willis E. McNelly collection at California State University Fullerton; they are scarce in commerce. This letter is written in the aftermath of his VALIS visions of 1974, which happened shortly after a wisdom tooth operation. Dick received a home delivery of opioids from a woman wearing a Christian Ichthys necklace. The symbol emitted a pink beam of light which was the catalyst for months of visionary experiences, including Dick?s belief that his mind had been invaded by a benign but separate consciousness. The period of PKD's visions began in February or March of 1974, and continued for anywhere between two and 12 months. In What if Our World is Their Heaven, Dick asserts that this separate consciousness was present 'for one year. From February 1974 to February 1975' (p. 149). 

The present letter discusses PKD's dream / vision wherein the design for his "twin opposing drive engine", which he attributes in part to his vision and draws a parallel to an "Indian drawing" The letter then goes on to describe a book on UFOs and the healing techniques of "intelligent energy", with the letter wrapping up on Dick's belief that they're on the "verge of a new cosmogony". Fine condition. A fascinating letter. [11004, Hyraxia Books].


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