Brian Eno-like electronic musician in Philip K. Dick's 1981 science fiction novel VALIS.
Linda said, "Mini - I should tell you this- has multiple myeloma. It's very painful and he's in a wheelchair."
Horrified, Kevin said, "Plasma cell myeloma is always fatal."
"Two years is the life span," Linda said. "His has just been diagnosed. He'll be hospitalized in another week. I'm sorry."
Fat said, "Can't VALIS heal him?"
"That which is to be healed will be healed," Linda Lampton said. "That which is to be destroyed will be destroyed. But time is not real; nothing is destroyed. It is an illusion."
David and I glanced at each other.
Bump-bump. Something awkward and enormous dragged its way down a flight of stairs. Then, as we stood unmoving, a wheelchair entered the living room. In it a crushed little heap smiled at us in humor, love and the warmth of recognition. From both ears ran cords: double hearing aids. Mini, the composer of Synchronicity Music, was partially deaf.
Going up to Mini one by one we shook his faltering hand and identified ourselves, not as a society but as persons.
"Your music is very important," Kevin said.
"Yes it is," Mini said.