Monday, February 16, 2009

Philip K. Dick’s (last) widow finishes his last book


The Guardian reports:

Philip K Dick’s last wife has reworked the novel the legendary science fiction author was working on when he died in 1982.

Tessa Dick, who described her self-publication of The Owl in Daylight as a tribute to her former husband, was Dick’s fifth and final wife, marrying him in 1973.

She told online magazine the Self-Publishing Review that her version of the novel was an attempt to express “the spirit” of Dick’s proposed book. Little is known about the novel, which Dick mentioned in a letter to his editor and agent. According to Tessa, the letter revealed plans to “have a great scientist design and build a computer system and then get trapped in its virtual reality. The computer would be so advanced that it developed human-like intelligence and rebelled against its frivolous purpose of managing a theme park.” The letter also mentioned Dante’s Inferno and the Faust legend, she said.

Tessa Dick published her book through CreateSpace, an service, and you can buy the book here.

Fans of this blog may recall a letter from Mrs. Dick herself a few months ago.

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