Four Novels of the 1960s

Four Novels of the 1960s

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Baker & Taylor
Published to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary re-release of the film Blade Runner, a collection of four signature works by the visionary science fiction writer includes the titles, The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Ubik.

Blackwell North Amer
Known in his lifetime primarily to readers of science fiction, Philip K. Dick is now seen as a uniquely visionary figure, a writer who, in editor Jonathan Lethem’s words, “wielded a sardonic yet heartbroken acuity about the plight of being alive in the twentieth century, one that makes him a lonely hero to the readers who cherish him.”

This Library of America volume brings together four of Dick’s most original novels. The Man in the High Castle (1962), which won the Hugo Award, describes an alternate world in which Japan and Germany have won World War II and America is divided into separate occupation zones. The dizzying The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965) posits a future in which competing hallucinogens proffer different brands of virtual reality, and an interplanetary drug tycoon can transform himself into a godlike figure transcending even physical death.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968), about a bounty hunter in search of escaped androids in a postapocalyptic society where status is measured by the possession of live animals and religious life is focused on a television personality, was the basis for the movie Blade Runner. Ubik (1969), with its future world of psychic espionage agents and cryonically frozen patients inhabiting an illusory “half-life,” pursues Dick’s theme of simulated realities and false perceptions to ever more disturbing conclusions, as time collapses on itself and characters stranded in past eras search desperately for the elusive, constantly shape-shifting panacea Ubik. As with most of Dick’s novels, no plot summary can suggest the mesmerizing and constantly surprising texture of these astonishing books.

Posing the questions “What is human?” and “What is real?” in a multitude of fascinating ways, Dick produced works—fantastic and weird, yet developed with precise logic, marked by wild humor and soaring flights of religious speculation—that are startlingly prescient imaginative anticipations of twenty-first-century quandaries.

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This Library of America volume brings together four of Dick's most original novels. The Man in the High Castle (1962), which won the Hugo Award, describes an alternate world in which Japan and Germany have won World War II and America is divided into separate occupation zones. The dizzying The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965) posits a future in which competing hallucinogens proffer different brands of virtual reality, and an interplanetary drug tycoon can transform himself into a godlike figure transcending even physical death.
A collection of four signature works by the visionary science fiction writer includes the titles, "The Man in the High Castle," "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch," "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," and "Ubik."

Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Putnam Inc., c2007
ISBN: 9781598530094
1598530097
Characteristics: 830 p. ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

Finally, cracked visionary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick emerges from the genre ghetto to get the deluxe treatment he deserves. Bad movies continue to be made from his books ("Next" with Nic Cage), but his considerable influence remains with us. Snobs may find faults with his fast and dirty prose, but there's no denying the power of his ideas and the genuine paranoia and dread the course through his best work. This brings together 4 of his best novels in a handsome, annotated package. A second volume is due out this summer. Like Ballard and Burroughs, he went deeper and darker than most of his contemporaries, even if his audience is not as large as it should be.

sghayes Jul 26, 2014

Philip K Dick is an absolute genius! The four stories are in four different, incredible worlds. A must read for sci-fi fans.

theorbys Mar 17, 2014

Dick's sci fi transcends the genre, making him a great writer. This volume has 4 of his masterpieces!

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sdelao
Aug 11, 2012

Love Philip K. Dick!

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