Archive for the ‘science fiction’ Category

Please check out my Zazzle store

September 23, 2012

Gifts for fans of cats and Philip K. Dick. Proceeds will help me keep my home, which is in danger because of taxes.

http://www.zazzle.com/tuffy777

zazzle store

just some of the products in my Zazzle store

My latest interview

April 12, 2012

For fans of science fiction, conspiracy theory or both,

I was interviewed for Examiner:

I have been so blessed lately to be able to interview so many fascinating people. This will be my third interview with Tessa B. Dick. The former two were on my radio show The Church Of Mabus which can be found on the archives there. Our third android waltz together is through the written word and I enjoyed it very much. To learn about the inspiring and strange life of Sci-fi Author Phillip K. Dick . Who inspired such films as Blade Runner and Total Recall and has an epoch of knowledge in his books that have inspired countless others. Presenting Tessa B. Dick on life with Philip K. Dick.

1. So how did you originally meet Philip K. Dick and what was it like when you first met him that you remember?

Continue reading on Examiner.com Robo-Interview with Tessa B. Dick on life with sci-fi author Philip K. Dick – Panama City Paranormal | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/paranormal-in-panama-city/robo-interview-with-tessa-b-dick-on-life-with-sci-fi-author-phillip-k-dick#ixzz1rrD9R7PI

to read more, please click the link below:

http://www.examiner.com/paranormal-in-panama-city/robo-interview-with-tessa-b-dick-on-life-with-sci-fi-author-phillip-k-dick

Book Review – Bob Wacszowski, Necromancer

August 4, 2011

Book Review: Bob Wacszowski, Necromancer
being the story of a regular guy
who learns how to animate and command the dead
a death-comedy novel by
George Dalphin

Narrated by an extra-dimensional alien, this novel presents a post-Bob world in which a new religion has taken hold, despite the best efforts of Bob to avoid such an outcome. The opening sentence of Chapter 1 reminds me of Snoopy’s novel, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Not a good omen. I question the metaphor, “merely a cardboard cutout of the sun behind the clouds” as an unlikely sight.

Somehow it reminds me of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Not that the plot is similar, because it isn’t, but because it has that same tongue-in-cheek humor that you often find in British literature.

Bob’s girlfriend Anna breaks up with him because he has never grown up, depends on her for money and even for a working shower and is, in short, a man-child. This inauspicious opening leads to Bob’s discovery of the secret of life – or more properly, the key to reversing death.

Armed with an ancient book that only he can read, Bob sets out to put his own life in order. He has no plans for the rest of the world, but you know what they say about the best laid plans.

Bob Wacszowski, Necromancer is fun to read, despite some awkward phrases and clumsy sentence constructions. The story will take you far into the depths of your own mind and then back again to the everyday world which we call reality.

On a scale of one to five, I give it four stars.

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Available on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Bob-Wacszowski-Necromancer-George-Dalphin/dp/1460998170/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312145217&sr=1-1

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This review can also be seen on my blog:

http://tessadick.blogspot.com

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Two interviews over the weekend honoring PKD

March 14, 2011

Two interviews with me and Anthony Peake, the amazing author of The Daemon.

This one is with Jeffery Pritchett interviewing me and Anthony Peake:

http://paranormalradionetwork.org/2011/03/13/the-church-of-mabus-tessa-b-dick–anthony-peake-phillip-k-dick-immortalis-spiritus-tribute.aspx

This one is with Anthony Peake as interviewer:

http://www.soupmedianetwork.com/

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Philip K. Dick: Existentalist

February 17, 2011

Over the course of my ten-year relationship with my husband, I learned that he was more an Existentialist than a Gnostic. His core ideas fall more into line with Kierkegaard and Nietszche, Kafka and Schopenhauer, than with the prophets of Nag Hammadi or the neo-Platonists.

Although he adopted some of the trappings of gnosticism, such as the demiurge and the veil of illusion, Philip K. Dick adopted an eclectic body of knowledge while educating himself at the public library. Like Schopenhauer, he came to the conclusion that the universe is not rational, so we cannot gain a rational understanding of its nature, rules and existence. Like Kafka, he saw us as prisoners who never know what crime has been laid against us.

In line with God’s assertion to Moses that his name is “I am”, Phil began his study of the human existence.

~~ More to come in future posts.
Thank you for reading!
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Tessa B. Dick: My Life on the Edge of Reality

February 12, 2011

I’m putting the finishing touches on my memoir. If you read my previous book Philip K. Dick: Remembering Firebright, then you also need to read my new book Tessa B. Dick: My Life on the Edge of Reality.

The first book explores my husband’s visionary experience of 1973 and the writing of his novel A Scanner Darkly. The second book explores my own life, beginning in childhood, and some parts of my life with Phil that are not included in the first book.

When I met Philip K. Dick (Bladerunner) in 1972, I already had a life history that prepared me to accept the strange and paranormal experiences that we shared in 1973.

My new book will be released in March 2011 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other Internet book stores.

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PKD T-shirts, coffee mugs and more

October 20, 2010

http://www.zazzle.com/pkd1_tshirt-235874242200011217

http://www.zazzle.com/pkd1_tshirt-235874242200011217

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2012 and Beyond – book excerpt

April 22, 2010

During the fifth century B.C., philosophers began applying the rules of logic to religion. The gods appeared to be human men and women with all the faults of humanity. They had greater powers than mere humans, but even the greatest of the gods, father Zeus, must bow to Fate. The gods did not seem to take any interest in human affairs, except when people worshiped them and gave them offerings, or failed to do so. For example, according to Homer, the Greeks lost many of their soldiers to arrow attacks during the Trojan War because they were holding hostage the daughter of a priest of Apollo. And the Greek hero Odysseus (Ulysses) spent twenty years trying to get home from the Trojan War because the sea god Poseidon (Neptune) opposed him. Odysseus had departed in his ships without first making an offering to Poseidon.

By the fourth century B.C., the conflict between religion and science had become the most prominent feature of Greek philosophy. By the third century B.C., skeptical philosophers concluded that the myths of many gods had come from the north, from tribes that the Greeks had conquered. They advised turning away from such superstition and embracing the monotheistic idea of one creator God. Although this was not the God of the Bible, the Greeks were prepared to embrace Christianity when it arose.

A major flaw in the Greek polytheistic religion was that they offered little hope beyond death. Even the greatest hero, Akhilleus (Achilles), said that he would rather be a dirt farmer on Earth than a king in Hades, the shadowy underworld of the dead. The Greek Hades is not necessarily the Hell of Christian doctrine. Most of its inhabitants are not punished, but none of them is happy. Even the god Hades (Pluto) who rules the underworld, finds little to enjoy in the dark, gray, shadowy underworld, which lies literally under the Earth. Dante Alighieri would draw upon descriptions of Hades for his “Inferno”, part of his Divine Comedy, which he composed between 1308 and his death in 1321.

2012 and Beyond: Ancient Secrets and Mysteries
by Tessa B. Dick
available at Amazon

Plastic Universe

January 27, 2010

I just read an article in the Los Angeles Times, and it apparently came from an alternate universe. According to this article, Tim Powers remembers an incident that never happened.

The LA Times reported interviewed me extensively, but he does not present anything that I told him. Tim Powers was not there, and it did not happen that way.

Yet, according to this article, Tim Powers was there, and it was at an apartment (not the house where it really happened), and supposedly my brother and I were taking all the furniture.

Perhaps this world is unreal, and events can change in the mists of time. Or perhaps this is a reinvention of the story that Phil used to tell about the day Nancy left him.

You can read the Times article here:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-ca-philip-k-dick24-2010jan24,0,2001774,full.story

And now you can read the real story:

After reading yet another fantastic and completely fabricated account of my husband’s suicide attempt, I have decided that it is time that I told the full story of what happened that day.

One morning in February of 1976, I took our two-year-old son to preschool as usual, then attended a class at the local community college from 9 to 10 a.m. When I returned home, Phil was agitated and pacing around. He demanded that I leave immediately, so his new girlfriend could move into the house. I believe that the mood elevators which his psychiatrist had prescribed were causing his agitation, and he was beginning to get violent. He began throwing things around the living room, and he threatened to kill me if I did not walk out right away. So I walked out.

I called my brother, and that afternoon he and his wife came with me to the house, so I could get my clothes and the baby’s clothes and toys. My brother stood outside the front door, while my sister-in-law went into the house with me. It took us two trips to get the clothes and toys and load them into my car. The whole time, Phil and K.W. Jeter were sitting on the couch, drinking and talking. Jeter glared at me when I walked by. His expression was a mixture of hatred and contempt.

I was planning to stay with my parents until I got on my feet, but the next morning I learned that Phil was in the hospital, having attempted suicide. I went back to the house, where I found a note from Phil’s girlfriend telling me to buy cat food and take some clean clothes to Phil. She had taken Phil’s little Fiat sports car and my gasoline credit card. There was no sign that she had moved into my house, so I stayed there and cleaned up the mess that Phil had made when he tried to kill himself. I also bought cat food, and then I bought some brand new clothes for Phil and took them to the hospital. He stayed in the mental ward for about two weeks, and I took our son to visit him there one time. He seemed much calmer and more himself.

I dropped out of the community college, where I had been taking two classes, and I tried to take care of Phil when he came home. But that June, just over three months later, Phil moved out to an apartment that he had rented for another new girlfriend. He had a moving company take all of our furniture. I had to give up the house because I could not pay the rent, so I moved in with my mother until I could get on my feet.

And that is the true story of what happened.

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2012 and Beyond

January 27, 2010

My first attempt at nonfiction, 2012 and Beyond:  Ancient Secrets and Mysteries, is now available at Amazon.

2012-Beyond-Ancient-Secrets-Mysteries

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

“Canst thou by searching find out God?  Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?”  –  Job 11:7

In a dark dungeon, Dr. Faustus utters magical words in some ancient tongue, which he reads from an ancient manuscript.  Having turned away from his faith and given up his position as a Christian priest, he has put away the Bible and turned the pages of magical tomes.  The words have their effect, and the Devil – Mephistopheles – appears, offering Faust a deal that he cannot refuse.  For twenty years he enjoys all sorts of luxuries and debaucheries, while demons serve his every w

him.  Then he must pay the price upon which he agreed when he signed the contract with the Devil in his own blood.  Fearing this end, Faust hides in his basement, but the demons find him there and tear his body to shreds, and then they drag his soul down to Hell.  That is Christopher Marlowe’s version of the Faust story.  Goethe, finding that ending unsatisfying, gets Faust off the hook on a technicality.

In ancient Egypt, the young Greek wise man Solon lay in the stone coffin in the King’s Chamber inside the Great Pyramid and saw visions of the Great Flood.  His grandson Plato would write down what Solon told him about Atlantis in two of his dialogs, the Timaeus and the Critias.  On a moonless night in the 1300s, a group of men sat in a circle around a small camp fire in the midst of a forest in southern France.  One of the men opened a black cloth sack to reveal the severed head of their martyred leader.  Their religious order of knights was on the run, persecuted by their own church and their own king.  On a July afternoon in 1858,

a young woman dug in the dirt near a cave in Lourdes, France, seeking the water of the spring which the apparition of a lady had ordered her to drink – the Catholic Church finally declared Bernadette a saint in 1933.

In France in the early 1500s, a physician name Michele de Notre Dame (Nostradamus) peered into a bowl of water and saw visions of the future.  He predicted that the world would end in the year 3797.  Sorry, but he did not foresee anything special for the year 2012.  However, many ancient cultures did predict the end of the world for 2012.

A word of warning before you delve into the depths of ancient mysteries:  Never attribute great wisdom to people who worshiped cows and other creatures, rather than the Creator.  Never open doors that might let in something that could harm you.  Just say no to the Ouija board, whose name means “Yes yes”; if you try it, you will open the door to some serious mischief that can cause you great harm.  Do not attempt to summon demons to serve your ends; you will end up serving theirs.  Do not aspire to great power, as it will take away your personal power over your own life.

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