★★★★★ "The strongest piece of writing I've read in years. Wilson's pacing is perfection. The Other Side of Philip K. Dick is filled with laughter and the kind of love only true friends can share. Even if, for some reason, you've never heard of Philip K. Dick, you will fall in love with him and Wilson. The ending had me crying, like "end of the Notebook" crying. Utter perfection." M. Joseph Murphy, Author of the Activation series
"There are many tales of epic friendships, but there is one huge difference here: The Other Side of Philip K. Dick is real. Wilson's prose gives us an inside view into two minds, a genius and a young girl. Through her eyes I am left with one thought -- this is a man I wish I had known." Danielle DeVor, Author of the Marker Chronicles.
"Maer Wilson's non-fiction memoir, The Other Side of Philip K. Dick: A Tale of Two Friends, immerses the reader in the 1970s and 1980s as her story about her college career and her ongoing friendship with science fiction author, Philip K. Dick unfolds. This is a fascinating account that will be especially interesting not only to Dick's fans, but also those fortunate readers who have discovered and enjoy the works of Tim Powers, who was one of Dick's closest companions and figures predominantly in this memoir. The Philip K. Dick Wilson describes is indeed mercurial and sometimes manipulative, but above all, he is infinitely human, caring and a stalwart friend. Wilson's own story is an enthralling one as she makes her way in acting and forms an acting troupe. While Wilson describes herself as a non-writer when she was younger, her writing is smooth, assured and conversational, and reading her memoir is a pleasure. The Other Side of Philip K. Dick: A Tale of Two Friends is most highly recommended." Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite
"Frank and revealing. One part faithful memoir, one part a wonderful evocation of Phil's final 10 years.Writing with crisp clarity, Maer's humorous anecdotes wonderfully evoke both the times and the man. Her conversational prose sparkles with truth and winning story-telling. Best of all, this warm tribute replaces the oft-told myths about Phil with unique insights into his caring, compassionate and generous nature." Daniel Gilbertson, Friend of PKD
"As a fan of Dick's fiction, I was engrossed by these amusing, insightful, and poignant reminiscences of the last ten years of his life. Wilson evokes a human portrait of a warm, funny, unassuming man who was a good friend to a young student. This memoir is well-written and heart-felt. It illustrates not only the private world of a great writer but what it was like to be young in the seventies in California." Carol Holland March, Author of The Dreamwalkers of Larreta
About the Author
After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she's a writer.
Maer first met Philip K. Dick in 1972 when he moved into the apartment across the hall from her in Fullerton,California. They remained close friends until his death in 1982. Maer was always an avid reader, but it was Phil who introduced her to science fiction, and she fell in love with the genre, later expanding into most aspects of Spec Fic.
When she's not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. Maer is a partner in Ellysian Press, a small publishing house. She lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two poodles.
Named 2015 Fantasy Author of the Year by Author Classifieds.com, Maer's books include the recent Apocalypta Z.
Her Modern Magics
series includes the novels Relics, Portals,
, as well as novelettes and stories set in that universe. Maer recently contributed to, compiled and published the charity anthology, The Dark Dozen
. She is currently working on a science fiction novel, Truthsayer
You can find all Maer's books and novelettes at Amazon and other online retailers
. For more info, you can visit Maer's website at maerwilson.com/.