The Four Stigmata of PKD

It looks like there’s going to be a collection of four Philip K. Dick novels in the Library of America “You are now officially a dead writer of classic stature” series of tombstone-heavy volumes.

Here’s the story at GalleyCat:

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/authors/its_official_philip_k_dick_great_american_writer_48160.asp

Jonathan Lethem is doing the notes but stops short of saying he’s the editor. It’s too bad there are no short stories: “The Father Thing”, for instance.

They’ve already done a Lovecraft collection, so it looks like the ice has been broken for sf/f. Future volumes I’d like to see (but don’t expect to): Fritz Leiber, Leigh Brackett, Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Heinlein, Roger Zelazny, Kuttner & Moore…

[JE drifts so far from consensus reality that he can’t reach the keyboard]

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Addendum (11/29/06): You don’t actually have to be dead to be LibraryOfAmericized. Philip Roth is an example. He also writes sf/f, although it’s never marketed as such: e.g. Our Gang (part of which takes place in Hell), The Counter-Life, The Plot Against America etc.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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