Monday, April 16, 2007

It Has Arrived....



Today, in my mailbox at work, I found my reviewer's copy of the Library of America release (pictured above). While I don't have time to do a thorough review here, I would like to tell you a couple of things. First off, there is no extensive introduction to the entire volume or any of the individual novels contained within. I figured Jonathan Lethem, the volume's editor, would have had more to say on PKD. The volume has 11 paqes of endnotes explaining Dick's obscure references and even providing some translations (including the passage from "A Magic Flute" that Luba Luft is singing when Deckard shows up to retire her in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?). There is also a 17 page chronology of Dick's life and literary output; while this looks useful, I don't see any new information being presented. Of course any serious Dick-Head already knows these novels. It's an impressive collection:
The Man in the High Castle
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Ubik
I'm sure that soon we'll all be arguing that some novel should have been included or dropped but I think this is a great collection and should introduce PKD to a lot more people. This is a huge step in legitimizing Dick's literary legacy! Stay tuned for more...

4 comments:

palmer_eldritch said...

Makes a change to see the novels presented in a non-SciFi cover, doesn't it? And it's all the better for that, I think.

Miles said...

We had a release like that in the UK. Except it was Five novels and contained the following.

'The Three Stigmata...'
'Ubik'
'Martian Time-Quest'
'Do Androids...'
'A Scanner Darkly.'

roy said...

palmer eldritch, i disagree. science fiction covers are, at their best, much much stranger and much lovelier and than the more straight-laced, mainstream-oriented covers.

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