|Philip K. Dick in Orange County with his cat.|
Our show will focus on PKD's Orange County years. There will be artwork as well as information about this famous Orange County resident. To put things in context, here is a brief timeline of his life in Orange County...
1972: Dick moves to Fullerton, invited by CSUF professor Willis McNelly. He rents an apartment on Quartz Lane. It is in Fullerton that Philip K. Dick befriends budding science-fiction writers K.W. Jeter, James Blaylock, and Tim Powers.
1973: Dick marries his fifth (and final) wife, Leslie (Tessa) Busby. Dick’s third child (Christopher) is born.
1974: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is published. PKD begins receiving revelations and visions which prompts a long spiritual/intellectual search. He refers to this time period as 2/3/74 throughout his extensive Exegesis.
1975: Dick continues research into Orphic, Gnostic, Zoroastrianism, and Buddhist thought to explain his strange visions.
1976: Dick and wife Tessa split up, which prompts him to attempt suicide. After a stay at the Orange County Medical Center, he moves into an apartment in Santa Ana with a woman named Doris, who has cancer.
1977: Dick spends a few months in Sonoma, California with friends, then heads back to Santa Ana.
1980: Dick becomes the chairperson of the Rules and Grievances Committee of his condominium complex in Santa Ana.
1981: Both VALIS and The Divine Invasion are published.
1982: PKD dies in Santa Ana from a series of strokes and heart failure, at age 53. He is buried in Fort Morgan, Colorado beside his sister Jane. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (Dick’s final novel) is published.