Finally, a new Dick flick! RFA (the movie based on a 1985 Philip K. Dick book Radio Free Albemuth) is available for viewing! I watched via Amazon.com streaming video. Here’s my article about the film in PKD Otaku #31 (just published August 20, 2014.) Here’s the FULL Edition of PKD Otaku #31 (NOTE: it’s a few megs, for those with slow connections.)
I was more generous in my review on Amazon.com In the Otaku piece I had to be honest with the Phil fans, about some issues in the movie as well as my ongoing concerns about the book. On IMDB (Internet Movie Database) I gave a middle ground review , and also posted a Phil FAQ. As I mention in the FAQ, the Otaku piece will cover the RFA book background and other issues.
Meanwhile, here’s a great RFA review, from one of the newest members of our Facebook Phil Fan group. You get an idea of the movie’s special effects here, and even better from the movie trailer (which I’ve had posted on this Kindred Content page for at least two years.) Has anyone watched the trailer? Well, now you can watch the entire movie from anywhere. That’s why I bought it from Amazon. It stays in my Amazon “cloud” (with my books and other music) and I can just click and watch it on the Kindle Fire anytime, anyplace. It’s worth the price to be able to pop up the pink bream hitting Phil (I mean Niki, I mean NICK 😉 ) in the head anytime I want and show my friends. Love it!
Finally, an oldie but goodie– a review of RFA the book from our PKD fan site. Enjoy!
On Labor Day (Monday, September 2, 2013) Tessa Dick invited Anthony Peake (UK author and lecturer) and myself to be on her “Ancient of Days” podcast. Here is the audio link. It’s 90 minutes. Tessa was sick and asked me to keep it moving. I invited Dave Hyde, aka Lord Running Clam, to join us and provide the PKD history. Enjoy.
Then on October 28 Tessa invited me back to discuss my books (we didn’t really do that on the previous show.) I recommend advancing to the 60 minute mark since I was on the second hour of this program.
Audio link to Ancient of Days . This one is 60 minutes, if you listen to my second hour segment. Otherwise, it’s three hours!
The following is a piece I wrote back in Y2K (2000) when I wasn’t quite ready to really write the novel. I’m posting now for two reasons. 1) Mr. Hand of the Philip K. Dick and Religion blog offered me a guest post (thank you, Teddy!) and 2) I needed to explain what I mean by my PKD Big Bang epiphany. I could probably articulate this better now, that like Phil, I have over a million words under my belt that I did not back in 2000. Oh well, it is what it is. The end is really PhilDickian!!
the writing stopped. When Philip K. Dick died of a stroke (followed by a heart attack) March 2, 1982, there was no more speculation about VALIS, no more “what ifs” and no more maniacal all night journaling that he called the Exegesis. Our PKD Fan Site developer, Michael Fisher, created this excellent Memorial.
Of course, on the shelf above is my “what if.” Death may not have stopped PKD. What if he found someone to prod into finishing his Unfinished Business. That’s the basic premise of “A Kindred Spirit” the novel. BTW, that shelf is at Bookworks in Albuquerque (a little personal triumph. 😉 If you are local, please buy a copy from one of the book sellers on our main page: AKSbook.com
As I called it over on Fbook, “the biggest, baddest, BEST issue of Otaku ever!” Someone quickly asked, “Otaku??” Yes, OTAKU… PKD Otaku!” The word is actually Japanese slang referring to people with obsessive interests. Obsessive is an understatement when it comes to fans of Philip K. Dick. Dickheads is our other affectionate term.
Anyway, this is the 23rd issue of Patrick Clark’s great zine, and the third one I’ve been involved with. My novel was featured in issue #21 with several pages of Q and A with me, book reviews and commentary on A Kindred Spirit. Issue #22 had a follow-up on AKS, plus interviews by me: one with Tessa Dick (Phil’s fifth and final wife) and a reprint of an old interview with Scott Apel on PKD’s Dream Connection. Now, this Exegesis-laden issue has a commentary by moi (ej ‘jami’ Morgan) about the newly released Exegesis of Philip K. Dick and another fine book review of AKS by Senior Dickhead (pronounce as Spanish or elder statesman) Frank C. Bertrand. I would link directly to those, but the zine is not set up that way. darn! You’ll have to page through the PDF starting here, Otaku #23, but admire the eye candy along the way — stunning!
I think this term “tachyon bombardment” sums up Philip K. Dick’s VALIS/Pink Beam/Exegesis experience as well as anything I’ve heard (and I’ve heard a lot!) So, here are my musings on the Exegesis from yesterday, a Buddhist holiday. Imbedded here on my Crypto blog, is also the podcast with Erik Davis, a PKD scholar who assisted with some of the Exegesis editing, along with Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem. Pamela and Erik really get into what it was like editing the 8-thousand rambling pages of insight and speculation that Phil left behind. I also posted a comment on their “Expanding Mind” page.