VALIS, by Philip K. Dick, was the name of the first book in the VALIS trilogy of novels including The Divine Invasion (1981), and the unfinished The Owl in Daylight. Together with Dick’s last book, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982) (thematically related to the unfinished trilogy and included in several omnibus editions of the trilogy as a stand-in for the unwritten final volume), VALIS, an acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System, represents Dick’s last major work before he died.
At one point, Dick claimed to be in a state of enthousiasmos (inspiration or possession by a divine afflatus or by the presence of a god) with VALIS, where he was informed his infant son was in danger of perishing from an unnamed malady. Routine checkups on the child had shown no trouble or illness; however, Dick insisted that thorough tests be run to ensure his son’s health. The doctor eventually complied, despite the fact that there were no apparent symptoms. During the examination doctors discovered an inguinal hernia, which would have killed the child if an operation was not quickly performed. His son survived thanks to the operation, which Dick attributed to the “intervention” of VALIS. (Courtesy of wikipedia.com)
In this trilogy, Dick expressed his beliefs that life as we know it is a fiction, that we are trapped in a “black box,” beamed false data by Satan, which keeps us from the truth and the beauty of existence.
All this to say that I think VALIS is a great title for this piece. Andrea sent in a number of pieces the other day; I still have some to post. This one leapt out at me, amidst a number of striking images. I love it. Really amazing. Welcome to P1xels, Andrea.