“Anne Mini - Philip K Dick’s Second Wife’s Child Writes About Herself And The SF Author”
While at the height of his agoraphobia, Philip Dick formed an odd bond with the child of his second wife—author Anne Mini. Finding herself alone at a young age—due to an overworked mother and a father dying of cancer—Mini turned to her mother’s first husband, Dick, for companionship. The two spoke only on the telephone, yet by indulging one’s loneliness and the other’s paranoia, they came to construct a fantastic and fictive biography for the famously elusive sci-fi writer that, strangely enough, helped generate not only a majority of the accepted biographical information currently available on Dick, but functioned as source material for some of his acclaimed final works, including VALIS.
Interesting stuff indeed.
And already the books is controversial: Anne Mini through her publisher has apparently under threat of being sued by the Philip K Dick Estate for writing it. You can read all about it on her weblog. It certainly is an interesting read, and to be honest I can’t see how the PKD Estate have a leg to stand on. I am not even sure if it is classed - or should be classed as a PKD biography, as technically they are Anne’s memoirs. Surely you can’t copyright memories?
It seems to me there is something in the book which the PKD Estate obviously don’t like. Maybe she sheds new light on Phil, in terms of him maybe not being as screwed up as is currently thought. Maybe in fact, it’s the other way around, maybe he was a story teller outside of writing his novels, did he indeed, as was proposed on the PKD forum, that he manufactured illnesses because of looming deadlines or obligations he couldn’t adhere to. Unfortunately, Anne herself can’t give out specific details which makes sense, so she herself is quiet on this regard at the moment.
I hope the book is finally released without any backlashes against Anne or her publisher. It would be another part of the jigsaw puzzle that was the life of Philip K Dick; and from a hitherto unique perspective.
So, until the book is released in 2006, you’ll have to make do with ongoing conflicts of Anne Mini Vs The PKD Estate. This is definately one of the most thought provoking non-read books on Philip K Dick. Be sure to reserve your copy, as once you start to read it, I bet it’s fascinating purely because of the controversy.
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