Title Page: "The Divine Invasion" by Philip K. Dick. NY: Timescape/Simon & Schuster, (1981). First edition
"The Divine Invasion" starts out on a lonely planet in a remote star system and ends up in Hollywood on a future Earth which is not quite ours. Along the way we encounter God, His Son, Elijah the Prophet, and the demon Belial, who controls Earth. Through the course of the book such problems are dealt with as Good versus Evil, reality and illusion, and how it feels to listen to canned music for ten years without being able to turn it off.
In addition to 44 published novels, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) 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, eleven popular films based on his works have been produced, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, The Adjustment Bureau and Impostor. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the 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.