Philip K. Dick

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Nearly all of his forty-four published books were science fiction, but Philip K. Dick, who died in 1982, has influenced countless writers and filmmakers with sociological, political, and metaphysical themes that trenscend genre. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this fall, is the author's final work.

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Nom de Plume

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Next month Harper will publish Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms, in which Carmela Ciuraru tells the stories of more than a dozen pseudonymous authors, including Mark Twain, Isak Dinesen, Lewis Carroll, and George Eliot, and explores the creative process and "the darker, often crippling aspects of fame."

And Yet They Were Happy

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This trailer for Helen Phillips's debut "novel in the form of linked fables," And Yet They Were Happy, published this month by Leapfrog Press, is animated by the author's husband, Adam Thompson, and features music by his brother, Nathan. Vanity Fair described Phillips as a "surreal miniaturist," and critic Michael Dirda praised her book as "a gallery of marvels."

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