Philip K. Dick, author of Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, is perhaps one of the most lauded science fiction writers of our time (And certainly one of the most adapted. Hollywood has made versions of 21 of P.K.D.'s tomes, including Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report.) Yet, until now, readers have barely glimpsed the entirety of his time-thwarting, mind-bending oeuvre.
On November 8, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, edited by Pamela Jackson and Motherless Brooklyn author, Jonathan Lethem. The 976-page work represents P.K.D.'s eight-year exploration of an out-of-body experience he cryptically referred to as "2-3-74". A frustratingly fractured, yet ingenious culmination of hallucinatory episodes, scientific supposition and cosmic hypothesis, "2-3-74" is documented through collected scribblings, diary entries and letters to friends (including Ursula Le Guin).
Jonathan Lethem describes the writings within Exegesis as "unprecedented in their riotous urgency, their metaphorical verve, their self-satirizing charisma [and] their lonely intimacy". What's more, it provides haunting insight into "one of the more brilliant and unusual minds to make itself known to the 20th Century." The previously unpublished masterpiece is being released in tandem with 8 redesigned editions of P.K.D.'s work, including: The Valis trilogy, Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and A Scanner Darkly.