Philip K. Dick speech in Metz, France, 1977
You may have never heard of Phillip K. Dick, but you’ve likely either seen or heard of an adaptation of his work: Total Recall, Bladerunner, Minority Report, Paycheck, The Man in the High Castle, The Adjustment Bereau, A Scanner Darkly, and more are more are always in the works. He didn’t get to reap the benefits of his labors for the vast majority of his life and most of the money generated from his efforts came in after he was in the ground.
If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others (The “Metz Speech”) . Dick goes on to describe the visionary, mystical experiences he had in 1974 after dental surgery, which he chronicled in his extensive journal entries (published in abridged form as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick) and in works like VALIS and The Divine Invasion. As a result of his visions, Dick came to believe that “some of my fictional works were in a literal sense true,” citing in particular The Man in the High Castle and Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, a 1974 novel about the U.S. as a police state—both novels written, he says, “based on fragmentary, residual memories of such a horrid slave state world.” He claims to remember not past lives but a “different, very different, present life.”