I may be talking about something that does not exist; therefore I am free to say everything or nothing.
—Philip K. Dick
Something that came up on the radio show I did yesterday was the time in 1977 when Philip K. Dick announced to a French science-fiction convention audience that a) some of his fiction was “true” and b) we were probably all living in an artificial reality.
I can’t begin to describe or imagine what it must have been like to be in that room watching Dick say all this. It’s like something out of a John Carpenter or David Cronenberg movie. This was a respected author (at least, at that point, in sci-fi circles) basically stating some really far-out stuff as fact.
But it took a lot of guts to do.
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