In a lecture tonight at Coopers Union, Jonathan Lethem dropped a bombshell: the Library of America will be releasing a second volume of PKD novels. What's more, rather than releasing a volume of later work, the second volume collects novels from the 60s and 70s:
Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb
Now Wait For Last Year
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
A Scanner Darkly
I can't help but notice Lethem's left himself room to release a third edition. There's certainly much more to debate in this list of titles than the first volume's. Now Wait for Last Year is an interesting selection. Gabriel McKee over at SF Gospel would have preferred Maze of Death (I know Techgnosis author Erik Davis would agree). Maybe I would have argued for The Penultimate Truth, as it provides a very strong road map for Dick's meta-themes. Whatever, Mr Lethem, you've done it again.
I guess the first volume sold well enough to warrant a second. Is that how things work over at the LoA? Because, if so, it kind of undercuts the notion that they are selecting "the most significant writing" and instead publishing the most profitable - which as long as it's PKD is fine with me. I wonder how much the LoA pays for titles. Is it more or less than other publishers? If some effete, dieheard LoA snob got palpitations over one PKD volume you're going to have put a tablet of nitroglycerin under his tongue after he finds out about the second one.
Thanks Gabriel McKee!