Friday, July 27, 2018

Black Swan

1968Galactic Pot-Healer1969
1968A Maze of Death1970LOA3
1969Our Friends from Frolix 81970
1970Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said1974Nebula Award nominee, 1974;[13]
John W. Campbell Award winner, 1975;[14]
Hugo Award nominee, 1975;[14]
Locus Award nominee, 1975;[14]
LOA2 *
1973A Scanner Darkly1977British Science Fiction Award winner, 1978;[15]
John W. Campbell Award nominee, 1978;[15]
LOA2 *
1976Radio Free Albemuth1985


  1. Was researching tonight, wanted to learn more about the sync book crew. Came to your video: Douglas Bolles & Jason Barrera, On the Road to the Olympia Sync Summit - linked on facebook page. Was curious to find out more about you. Googled your name plus the word 'sync'. Found your site linked through Top of the page "Black Swan". Posted tonight. Just before I looked you guys up, my wife in Tokyo (I'm in Canada) asked me over facebook if I'd read 'Fooled by Randomness'. I said no. She asked if I'd read Black Swan, if I liked it. I said yes, a lot. Just before that during my research, I read Jeff Kripal's essay here: Check out the symbol at the bottom of the page (it stuck out to me when I saw it).

  2. If you actually go back and watch that video, the correspondences with your post above are striking; you even use the word destination at one point. And you also say right at the end how you go into your blog expecting no one's reading it, yet here I am reading it, led by that video, and had a great Black Swan coincidence because of it! Marvelous.

  3. Thanks! Here is a post script of sorts . . .

    In 1973, four years before it was published, Philip K. Dick sent his agent, Scott Meredith, an outline of his novel A Scanner Darkly. This cover letter includes an enthusiastic PS:

    Dear Scott:
    Here is the outline for my proposed new novel. A SCANNER DARKLY, which I told you about. It’s a good long outline, running well over sixty pages. I guess you can’t sell it to any publisher until I write a bunch of sample chapters, but anyhow this is what I’ll be working on for quite some time.

    If you’d like to show it—for example to Doubleday—that would of course be fine with me. Otherwise, hang onto this outline while I continue from my carbon.

    Let me know what you think of it, and meanwhile I’ll keep you posted as to how I’m coming with the novel itself.


    Philip K. Dick

    P.S. I swear, Scott, this is shaping up to be the greatest novel ever written. Or at least the greatest novel I’ve ever written, anyhow.

    1. A destination could be defined as an endpoint, i SuPPoSe

  4. Just finished reading this and not 10 minutes later I "randomly" clicked the news and this was the top headline!

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