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Re: Abductions: A Funny Thing Happened...

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 01:23:30 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 17:46:18 -0400
Subject: Re: Abductions: A Funny Thing Happened...

 >Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 11:32:30 +0000
 >Subject: Re: Abductions: A Funny Thing Happened...
 >From: Stephen MILES Lewis <elfis@austin.rr.com>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

 >I think even UFO UpDates venerable Greg Sandow met PKD.]

I'm not going to touch "venerable" (makes me feel old!), but I
did know Philip K. Dick. I met him in California a year or so
before his death, after getting his phone number from another
science fiction writer, Thomas M. Disch, who'd been the
librettist for two operas I'd composed. Tom knew I loved Dick's
writing, and thought I'd enjoy meeting him.

"Enjoy," though, wasn't quite the word. My wife (now ex-wife)
went to visit Phil, and found him morose (I'm sure we weren't
the first people to find him that way). He announced that he'd
been to the doctor, and was going to die. I still don't know
whether this was an accurate report of something the doctor had
told him, a fear based on a serious diagnosis, or simple panic.

Phil then went on to tell us about the paranormal experiences --
constant contact with what he believed to be a non-human
intelligence, which put thoughts in his head, and struck him
with a purple being (I hope I'm remembering this right), at
which point he knew beyond any doubt that his young son was
desperately ill with something never diagnosed by any doctor.
And when Phil rushed the kid to the hospital, he really was
found to have the condition Phil said he had.

All this had been related in Phil's novel "Valis," but not about
him -- it all happened, in the book, to one of his characters.
it wasn't widely known, as it is now, that Phil was relating his
own reported experiences.

What struck me, first, was that he'd tell two perfect strangers
about all this. Maybe he told lots of people. And, second, I was
almost dumbfounded by something missing in the way he
interpreted what happened to him. He spend endless hours trying
to make sense of both his experience and the knowledge he felt
it conveyed to him. He read widely about western mysticism, to
find precedents and, more generally, to find a framework for all
his thoughts. But he didn't read anything in Eastern thought. I
think I asked him why not (my memory of all this is now a little
dim), and his answer was noncommittal.

Never once did he suggest that aliens of any sort were
contacting him. His theories were more along the lines of some
vast disembodied cosmic intelligence.

Greg Sandow

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