The Divine Invasion In The Divine Invasion Philip K Dick asks What if God or a being called Yah were alive and in exile on a distant planet How could a second coming succeed against the high technology and finely tuned

  • Title: The Divine Invasion
  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: 9780679734451
  • Page: 351
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  • In The Divine Invasion, Philip K Dick asks What if God or a being called Yah were alive and in exile on a distant planet How could a second coming succeed against the high technology and finely tuned rationalized evil of the modern police state The Divine Invasion blends Judaism, Kabalah, Zoroastrianism, and Christianity into a fascinating fable of human existenceIn The Divine Invasion, Philip K Dick asks What if God or a being called Yah were alive and in exile on a distant planet How could a second coming succeed against the high technology and finely tuned rationalized evil of the modern police state The Divine Invasion blends Judaism, Kabalah, Zoroastrianism, and Christianity into a fascinating fable of human existence West Coast Revew of Books.

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    1. Philip K. Dick

      Philip K Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Philip K Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near poverty, ten of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English language novels published since 1923 In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.

    602 thoughts on “The Divine Invasion”

    1. The Divine Invasion is a sci fi alternate reality version of the second coming of Christ, told as only Philip K Dick could More serious than VALIS and one his serious works overall, PKD demonstrates his deep erudition of the Bible Fundamentalists may be put off, and the reader looking for pure science fiction may be overwhelmed with his frequent references and quotes from the Bible, but this is an important work and one that must be read by a true student of PKD Dick also weaves a firm understa [...]


    2. This happens to be my third read and like the one that immediately precedes it, it s well worth the extra effort Absolutely amazing is only a part of what it is It s also a complicated exploration of comparative religions, a roaring tale of a battle between God and the Devil, and it s also about totally re writing reality because it s all a hologram or is it It has the Living Torah, it has the Kabbalah, it has Zoroastrianism and Maat and the Fairy Queen and Palas Athena It has a brain damaged ki [...]


    3. There is the usual time tripping here Pay attention It is like a LOST episode, and indeed probably inspired some of the concepts used in that estimable show You need to keep track not only of where you are in space, but in time The Divine Invasion no, not a John Waters film posits a scenario in which god, Yahweh, was essentially booted off planet Earth after the unfortunate events at Masada Now resident in an alien hill and renamed Yah, so much classier than Yo the big guy is looking to stage a [...]


    4. The Divine Invasion A dense gnostic allegory about salvationOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureBefore his death, Philip K Dick wrote several books about suffering, redemption, and the divine in the contexts of Christian Gnosticism, Jewish Kabbalism, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, anamnesis, and the dualistic nature of the ultimate divine being After writing two books that explored his personal religious experiences in 1974, Radio Free Albemuth written in 1976 but not published until 1985 and V [...]


    5. I chose God over the material universe Philip K Dick, The Divine InvasionBook 2 of Philip K Dick s VALIS Trilogy Gnostic Trilogy God Trilogy , The Divine Invasion is a funky PKDesque exploration of good and evil, God and Belial, gnostic truth, etc In this short novel, Emmanuel God is smuggled back to Earth via the womb of a Jewish woman with MS She is accompanied by Herb Asher, a DJ protagonist of sorts Jesus as a DJ s son who marries Rybys read Mary to assist getting her and her unborn God baby [...]


    6. DAMN Philip K Dick you have got some PROBLEMS, a great many of them with women And you re so fucking brilliant and so messed up and weird Did you realize there is ZERO feminist criticism of you That s about to change, my new dead crazy fucked up friend.


    7. I liked it, although I was confused a good part of the time and a stronger background in religious matters would have helped But still, great classic PKD scenes and dialogue I m enjoying the audio of the PKD novels I ve listened to so far, and Dick Hill did a great job with this one.


    8. When has the government ever told anyone the truth p.76 The Divine Invasion was published in the same year as VALIS It is the second book in the VALIS Trilogy, although there is only a brief mention of VALIS in the story Like VALIS it addresses religion and philosophy, but it s not as tightly structured or plotted as the first book In fact, some parts of The Divine Invasion feel like they belong to a completely different story According to Jonathan Lethem, one of the editors of Dick s Exegesis, [...]


    9. Dac ar trebui s descriu cartea astea ntr un cuv nt, acela ar fi halucinant Alungat de pe P m nt n urma unui r zboi, Dumnezeu ncearc s se ntoarc sub forma unui embrion n p ntecul unui femei ns rcinate Ca de obicei, nimic nu se desf oar cum ar trebui, P m ntul este controlat de Belial Diavolul prin intermediul unei inteligen e artificiale i, n urma unui accident, Manny Emmanuel, Yah, Dumnezeu i pierde memoria A adar, lupta final ce are ca miz ns i existen a Universului se apropie, iar Manny nc se [...]


    10. Now my favorite book in the so called Valis Trilogy, The Divine Invasion takes the heady gnostic concepts of Valis and truly presents them in an unabashedly sci fi context the infant Christ has been reborn on mars to a woman with M.S after a divine conception, and must be smuggled back onto earth, which is completely under Satan s control via artificial intelligence and totalitarian government And that s merely the setup for a book that ends up in a completely different place than you d expect, [...]


    11. the internal battle for reality, the good vs the evil, the light vs the dark, children vs goats its a throwdown for all of humanity its intergalactic and its terrifying, its your soul and its winner take all Sunday, sunday, sunday BE THERE


    12. I feel sorry for Philip K Dick I mean, before he died It s probably a good thing he didn t live to see Hollywood steal all of his ideas and completely debase and dumb them down to make crappy forgettable movies, not mentioning his name anywhere for their inspiration.But really, the guy didn t get the credit he deserved He ate dog food and he only had time to write 200 pagers rather than the Infinite Jest sized mega beast I know he wanted to write And then just as he was getting some money and re [...]


    13. Dick, Philip K THE DIVINE INVASION 1981 Dick experienced suffered a psychic event on 2 3 74 that completely changed his thinking and his approach to life In today s terms, he would have become a rabid born again Christian His epiphany resulted in a significant change in his writing Although he still wrote in the science fiction genre, his books become and about religion and his characters and like cardboard cutouts for religious figures His last three books constituted a trilogy, of which th [...]


    14. One of my favorite Philip K Dick books It explores the theme of parallel universes that sneaks into most of his work, and gives a nail biting account of Yahweh s, and creation at large s, struggle to survive in a world with harmful religious leaders and stifling bureaucracy All of the characters really come to life for me, from the strong and grounded Rybys Rommey to the Scared of the World Herbert Asher, who would prefer to live in his fantasies than reality, to the eerie and truly scary Belial [...]


    15. Meh Not bad, but definitely not as good as VALIS In that book, PKD seemed to care about the narrative just as much as he cared about pouring the kooky ideas out of his head Not the case with this second book, unfortunately.


    16. Questo mondo, questo pianeta, tutto quanto, e tutta la sua popolazione tutto qui dorme.Secondo episodio della visionaria Trilogia di Valis Dopo un primo episodio praticamente privo di elementi fantascientici, i cui tratti surreali sono giustificati da un narratore protagonista inattendibile, Dick ritorna alla fantascienza pi classica, quasi un ritorno alle sue origini, che strizza l occhio al suo giovanile mito delle utopistiche e felici colonie oltremondo Nuova variazione sul tema, Dick ripropo [...]


    17. Philip K Dick did exactly the right thing with his encounter with the divine or psychotic break, depending on who you ask He kept writing Divine Invasion is the second of the VALIS tetralogy, which includes VALIS, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, The Divine Invasion, and Radio Free Albemuth RFA was published posthumously, but it still addresses the same themes The Divine Invasion is probably the most coherent of the VALIS series VALIS was groundbreaking, and it shattered any preconceptions [...]


    18. Es una gran novela que mezcla cristianismo con la c bala, teor as psicoanal ticas con mitos fundacionales, perspectivas del cuerpo y una extra a combinaci n de tiempo y espacio En la novela m nimo se superponen, como capas, cuatro realidades La realidad en la cual Emmanuel sobrevive y est en la escuela donde conoce a Zina luego, en la mente de Herb Asher que recuerda la vida vac a e in til en las c psulas del planeta CY30 CY30B donde pasa los d as escuchando cintas de Linda Fox hasta que Yah Yah [...]


    19. Dick can do better While Valis was an incredible novel that fully explored Dick s enlightenment mental collapse via a lifelong addiction to uppers and his views of the divine, electronic music and pink lasers, this book seems to be os a scifi thriller that really fails to go anywhere, despite the fact that it s set on both intergalactic exploration outposts, as well as parts of NY and LA The climax was weak, the whole concept of the divine as an illegal alien being aided by the physical embodim [...]


    20. It s baffling to me that this is considered to be part of a trilogy with Valis and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer Sure, they all contain religious themes, and underlying each of them you can see the struggle of Dick to interpret his mystical experiences But beyond that they have very little, if anything, to do with each other I consider The Divine Invasion to be much less satisfying than Valis None of the characters come alive on the page Emmanuel and Zina are profundity spouting ciphers i [...]


    21. This story is an amalgamation of various religions and philosophies, along with a bit of science fiction and fantasy God finds that he needs to be smuggled back to earth, in the womb of a virgin woman, Rybys God s mission in returning to Earth is to battle against Belial, a sort of Satan in the guise of a caged animal at the zoo Rybys is very sick, and is granted permission to return to Earth for medical treatments However, Earth is ruled by tyrannical religious leaders who try their best to des [...]


    22. This book is great for the dialogue between the characters PKD takes a little bit from the various religions of the world and creates a science fiction story based very loosely on the second coming of Jesus Christ Peace Be Upon Him The novel is brilliant in it s depiction of two alternating realities or worlds at the same time One world being real than the next, and in the end creating a sort of amalgamation of both The book is very epic in its prose and dialogue as mentioned before I really en [...]


    23. This novel was a difficult read It contains a lot of profound meditation on theological issues like divine omnipotence and the reality of evil It is so abstract though and there is not much of a plot, just a lot of wordy and artificial dialogue It is based on a mystical experience that Dick had and it seems like he didn t spend much time integrating these experiences into a novel Part of the problem could be that this novel is a part of a trilogy, which I did not know before I started reading it [...]


    24. The Evil One in a cage at the zoo what, with his own temperature and gravity and atmosphere, and imported food An exotic life form He s angry as hell about it You beguile me You lead me from the path with sparks of light, dancing, singing, and the sound of bells always the sound of bells Do not make war on it but bring flowers.


    25. I m not sure if the Divine Invasion is a good book or not, but I like it just the same I like it because I have a taste for the bizarre and the out there, and conceptually, this novel is as out there as they come This is the one where Philip K Dick swan dives off the deep end, building on the metaphysical, theological, and philosophical mind warp VALIS I guess you can say it explains the events, what with the Empire and the pink dot and all, but it s the sort of explanation that might leave you [...]


    26. If you were amazed by Valis, you likely will find The Divine Invasion disappointing in some degree This second book of the thematic Valis trilogy lacks the emotional power of the semi autobiographical first entry, and is a narrative nightmare, even by Dick s standards Still, it engages fiercely with the author s lifelong questioning of reality and identity, and mixes these themes freely with the obsession of his final decade the line between spiritual gnosis and madness If you have the patience [...]


    27. Again, another thought provoking book I enjoyed the mix of theological and science fiction The book ended rather too abruptly for my liking.


    28. The Divine Invasion is Philip K Dick s penultimate novel It is also the second novel in a trilogy based on his 2 3 74 experiences and the concept of VALIS Vast Active Living Intelligence System Having come back into Dick s orbit once again, seeing the Radio Free Albemuth film and reading Sutin s Divine Invasions 1989 , I was ready for some Dickian tomfoolery.Dick s body of work is inconsistent, but on the whole very good to brilliant He really churned them out at times and on occasions it showe [...]


    29. audiobook If you know the Bible somewhat, you ll get a lot out of it It s kind of a reboot of the Nativity story, with some gnosticism and Dick s own personal theology added It s a good twist on the story, set in relatable times so the reader can understand the stresses and risks at play.A lot less of the philosophy than other novels, with focus on plot Definitely a good read alongside the other VALIS novels VALIS, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, and Radio Free Albemuth.


    30. 2.5 stars If 2 stars says It was okay, I suppose it s better than that, but not by much Dick clearly took an interest in some interesting, non traditional concepts, the most prominent of which being Kabbalah He wanted to integrate those concepts into a novel So instead of letting a story develop from those concepts organically, he wrote a fairly simple and meaningless story and dumped a lot of kabballistic concepts into the text of barely changed christian origin myth His characters are thin The [...]


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