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204 pages, Paperback
First published February 1, 1974
“Love isn't just wanting another person the way you want to own an object you see in a store. That's just desire. You want to have it around, take it home and set it up somewhere in the apartment like a lamp. Love is"--she paused, reflecting--"like a father saving his children from a burning house, getting them out and dying himself. When you love you cease to live for yourself; you live for another person.”What? This in a Philip K. Dick novel?
“St. Paul said, ‘If I have not love then I am jack shit’... or something like that.”
—Phillip K Dick, 1977 interview
“Grief is the most powerful emotion a man or child or animal can feel. It's a good feeling.”
“In what fucking way?” he said harshly.
“Grief causes you to leave yourself. You step outside your narrow little pelt. And you can't feel grief unless you've had love before it—grief is the final outcome of love, because it's love lost.”
"To him his public existence, his role as world-wide entertainer, was existence itself, period."
"The man with no data on him anywhere in the world...
"I don't exist...
"There is no Jason Taverner. There never was and there never will be. The hell with my career; I just want to live. If someone or something wants to eradicate my career, okay; do it. But aren't I going to be allowed to exist at all? Wasn't I even born?"
"The police maintain a lot of agents among the students agitating for a final shootout with the police...which the police and nats are hopefully waiting for."
"Now, one aspect of space is that any given unit of space excludes all other given units; if a thing is there it can't be here. Just as in time if an event comes before, it can't also come after.
"The exclusiveness of space, we've learned, is only a function of the brain that handles perception. It regulates data in terms of mutually restrictive space units. Millions of them. Trillions, theoretically, in fact. But in itself, space is not exclusive. In fact, in itself, space does not exist at all.
"A drug such as KR-3 breaks down the brain's ability to exclude one unit of space out of another. So here versus there is lost as the brain tries to handle perception. It can't tell if an object has gone away or if it's still there. When this occurs the brain can no longer exclude alternative spatial vectors. It opens up the entire range of spatial variation. The brain can no longer tell which objects exist and which are only latent, unspatial possibilities. So as a result, competing spatial corridors are opened, into which the garbled percept system enters, and a whole new universe appears to the brain to be in the process of creation.
"Anyone affected by it is forced to perceive irreal universes, whether they want to or not...Trillions of possibilites are theoretically all of a sudden real; chance enters and the person's percept system chooses one possibility out of all those presented to it. It has to choose, because if it didn't, competing universes would overlap, and the concept of space itself would vanish...the brain seizes on the spatial universe nearest at hand.
"But to the subject an actualised environment envelops him, one which is alien to the former one that he has always experienced, and he operates as if he had entered a new world. A world with changed aspects..."
"[They] occupied two space corridors at the same time, one real, one irreal..."
"He [Jason] passed over to a universe in which he didn't exist."
"full six feet in height…she wore tight black pants, a leather shirt, red, with tassle fringes, gold hooped earrings, and a belt made of chain. And spike heeled shoes."
"The love in this novel is for Tessa,
And the love in me is for her, too.
She is my little song."