Monday, May 19, 2008

Who New?

Who knew that Library of America's somewhat recently released Four Novels of the 60s (I just got it) from Philip K Dick would be followed by Five Novels of the 60s and 70s, shortly available this July? This was probably the plan the whole time, but the forthcoming release is nonetheless quite exciting.

The first volume includes:

The Man in the High Castle • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? • Ubik

While the second includes:

Martian Time-Slip • Dr. Bloodmoney • Now Wait for Last Year • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said • A Scanner Darkly

Reading the first volume is a rich experience, not only for the work but for the format of the book itself. The book is simply bible-esque, with extremely thin pages (the 800 page book is about as wide as a standard 400 page volume) & a built in bookmark, making it impossible to ignore the exponential trajectory of the design & production of PKD's books throughout his career (an exhaustive number of these are on view here). From mass market paperbacks to the extensive, consistent Vintage editions, now on to the Royal Treatment. Welcome to the canon, Phil. For one, when did LoA get such good taste, & who is spearheading these releases? Kudos & surprise abound.

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