Transmigration of Timothy Archer Paperback – 24 Nov 1983
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The final work of a master of SF. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The final book in Philip K. Dick s VALIS trilogy, "The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" brings the author s search for the identity and nature of God to a close. The novel follows Bishop Timothy Archer as he travels to Israel, ostensibly to examine ancient scrolls bearing the words of Christ. But, more importantly, this leads him to examine the decisions he made during his life and how they may have contributed to the suicide of his mistress and son.
This introspective book is one of Dick s most philosophical and literary, delving into the mysteries of religion and of faith itself. As one of Dick s final works, it also provides unique insight into the mind of a genius, whose work was still in the process of maturing at the time of his death.
Over a career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928 1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels, establishing himself as one of the most visionary authors of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including "Blade Runner" (based on "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"), "Total Recall," "Minority Report," and "A Scanner Darkly."
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PKD spent much of his life trying to break away from his reputation as an SF writer and write more mainstream literature. This represented his first real success and shows that - despite his depth of imagination and talent as an SF writer - he was a master storyteller and philosopher no matter the genre in which he wrote.
The character of Bishop Archer is loosely based on the controversial Episcopalian Bishop James Pike whose outspoken views on many theological and social issues made him one of the most controversial public figures of his time. In 1969 Pike died of exposure while exploring the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea in the West Bank. Dick and Pike were friends, and Pike officiated at Dick's wedding to his forth wife Nancy Hackett 1966.
Philip K Dick's thirty-fifth published novel, written in 1981 and published in 1982. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer is the third of Dick's final three novels (along with VALIS and The Divine Invasion) which are often referred to as the VALIS trilogy. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer was not originally intended as the final work of the trilogy. The final novel was originally going to be called Fawn, Look Back, then The Owl in Daylight. However, this novel had not been written by the time of Dick's death and as such, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer was substituted for the unwritten final volume. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer does however fit comfortably with the two finished volumes and Dick himself called the three novels a trilogy, saying "the three do form a trilogy constellating around a basic theme.Read more ›
This volume of the three, despite the marking on the back, is the work that is perhaps least well described as science fiction. It's events take place in the nineteen seventies at around the time of the death of John Lennon which is mentioned several times in the text. Unusually for Dick the story is told in first person and by a woman who is the daughter-in-law of an episcopalian (British readers read as Anglican) bishop of California, Timothy Archer. The events are probably more day to day for most readers than in PKD's science fiction, centring around the way the bishop's faith is challenged by the discovery of historical texts and the suicide of his son and mistress.
Yet for all the events being more quotidian there is also Dick's familiar interest in philosophical questions about the nature of reality and how we and beliefs relate to this.Read more ›
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Some powerful spiritual writing from a master. There is even a character based on Alan Watts!Published 29 days ago by a badly positioned hole near centre of chariot wheel
Birthday gift for son. He was suitably pleased with it. Thanks for quick delivery.Published 10 months ago by jim4cad
PKD's last novel is unusual, both generally speaking and in terms of the author's works. This is palpably not a science-fiction book, but a rumination on faith and how people are... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Guy
I really enjoyed this. It was the first Philip K Dick book I've read that had a woman first person narrator and I think she was one of my favourite characters ever. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by melanie strong
Published in 1982 and showing it's age a bit now (2011), he probably intended it as a scholarly investigation of the nature of belief and religion. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2011 by A. Halfacre
"The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" was Philip K Dick's final work of fiction. It was published shortly after his untimely death in March 1982 from a series of strokes. Read morePublished on 2 July 2003 by John David Charles Hilton