Five Novels of the 1960s & 70s

Five Novels of the 1960s & 70s

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'The most outré science fiction writer of the 20th century has finally entered the canon,' exclaimed Wired Magazine upon The Library of America's May 2007 publication of Philip K. Dick- Four Novels of the 1960s, edited by Jonathan Lethem. Now comes a companion volume collecting five novels that offer a breathtaking overview of the range of this science-fiction master.

Philip K. Dick (1928-82) was a writer of incandescent imagination who made and unmade world-systems with ferocious rapidity and unbridled speculative daring. 'The floor joists of the universe,' he once wrote, 'are visible in my novels.' Martian Time-Slip (1964) unfolds on a parched and thinly colonized Red Planet where schizophrenia is a contagion and the unscrupulous seek to profit from a troubled child's time-fracturing visions. Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb (1965) chronicles the deeply-interwoven stories of a multi-racial community of survivors, including the scientist who may have been responsible for World War III. Famous, among other reasons, for a therapy session involving a talking taxicab, Now Wait for Last Year (1966) explores the effects of JJ-180, a hallucinogen that alters not only perception, but reality. In Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974), a television star seeks to unravel a mystery that has left him stripped of his identity. A Scanner Darkly (1977), the basis for the 2006 film, envisions a drug-addled world in which a narcotics officer's tenuous hold on sanity is strained by his new surveillance assignment- himself. Mixing metaphysics and madness, phantasmagoric visions of a post-nuclear world and invading extraterrestrial authoritarians, and all-too-real evocations of the drugged-out America of the 70s, Dick's work remains exhilarating and unsettling in equal measure.

Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Putnam, c2008
ISBN: 9781598530254
1598530259
Characteristics: 1128 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lethem, Jonathan

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

Are we on the cusp of P.K. Dick renaissance? One can always hope. The good people at the Library of America and editor Jonathan Lethem have released the second volume of Dick's novels; hardbound, annotated, and handsomely packaged, treating him like the major author he is and not just a sci-fi hack. This 5-novel collection includes two of his best from the 70s: the ruminative, even poignant "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" and one his darkest and most unsettling-the paranoid, druggy "A Scanner Darkly." Required reading not just for those who care about sci-fi, but for those who care about American literature.

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