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Topic: VALIS

From: Jimmy Kinchloe
Location: Houston
Date: 04/15/2008

Hello Greg,

I remember that you are a "Lost" fan, and wondered if you saw the epi where Locke brought Ben the PKD book VALIS to read. Ben says that it is his book and that he has already read it. Later, there is a scene that shows Ben reading the book again.

I like the authors nod to Dick, and they also mentioned Vonnegut on a game show that Michael is watching.

I can think of all kinds of reasons these are pointed out...several of Kurt's books and all of VALIS, but am wondering if you caught this and have any ideas of you own.

Looking forward to "City" in August.



From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/16/2008

If LOST gets any more complicated, I expect we'll be seeing Phil himself making an appearance. Very likely these references are not so much clues as tips of the hat from the creators--but in four or five seasons, all will be revealed! I do like the space-time physics turn of events, and of course, the references to Faraday and Minkowski. They might also mention John Archibald Wheeler, who died just this week--one of the greatest physicists, and a real inspiration for science fiction writers everywhere. Wheeler thought up the terms "black hole" and "many worlds."


From: Jimmy Kinchloe
Location: Houston
Date: 04/16/2008


I did not know about Wheeler. I always assumed Hawking coined the term "black hole." I never thought to google that one...

Philip has probably already appeared, but with his identity erased.



From: patrick
Date: 04/18/2008

Damn, I didn't know Wheeler was that old. He certainly out-lived Feynman (one of his doctoral students). I was kinda looking forward to his 'spacetime foam' concept to be revealed in his lifetime.


From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 04/21/2008

I had no idea Wheeler had passed. TV and AOL--all the wrong news! *Sigh*

Unrelated but perhaps interesting to readers of this blog: I was jogging down the local railroad ravine a few nights ago and glimpsed colored lights in a park overhead. Curious, I scrambled up the embankment and over a fence.

There were forty or fifty people with lightsabers having an epic battle in the darkness! Kendo technique, well choreographed. Turns out they meet weekly. "Do you have a lightsaber?" asks a young woman with a stack of waivers. Ha!

So I'm in Pasadena a couple evenings later, seeing Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 on stage. And while Ray is introducing the play I notice the old fellow sitting next to me is film director Irving Kirschner. Of course I told him (at intermission) about the jedi in the night. How could I not? He was...amused.

It's hard to believe the writers of Lost aren't generating ideas half out of need to explain earlier layers--pitching headlong into the unknown. But it's great fun. The bearded physicist played a similar part in the 2002 version of SOLARIS.



From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/22/2008

A lot of great people come to Ray's plays! Kirschner was an inspired choice to direct EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Jeremy Kemp was in the audience for a performance of FAHR 451 in LA several years ago. He'd be great as the fire chief, I think.

Another Jeremy! Jeremy Davies was also in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

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