The Folio Society releases a combined collector’s edition of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and A Scanner Darkly
The Folio Society have today released a beautifully illustrated and combined edition of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and A Scanner Darkly novels.
Folio Society couldn’t have chosen a better time to release this book. Amidst the fanfare of Channel 4’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams debuting last Sunday and the hype for Blade Runner 2049, which is due to hit cinemas next month, it’s a good time for Philip K. Dick fans.
One half of the edition is dedicated to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? with “neon-drenched noir” illustrations by Chris Skinner, while the other half is dedicated to A Scanner Darkly featuring Andrew Archer’s hallucinatory illustrations. Each of the two titles are presented upside down relative to each other, meaning that you read one title then turn the book upside down and read the remaining title.
The combined edition is quarter-bound in blocked cloth with paper sides printed and screen printed, set in Mentor and runs for 488 pages. It features 12 full-page colour illustrations and one double-page-spread colour illustration by both artists. The book comes with a plain red slipcase and measures 10″ x 6¾”.
The book will retail for £75.00 GBP / $112.00 USD / $155.00 CAD / $150.00 AUD and is exclusively available now from The Folio Society.
You can view the full press release from The Folio Society alongside illustrations for each of the titles below:
With the hotly anticipated release of Blade Runner 2049 set to hit the big screens in October, The Folio Society has been in the process for two years creating a two title combination of Philip K Dick’s outstanding Sci-Fi novels, landing ahead of the film release.
It is difficult to measure the impact of Philip K. Dick’s work. Not only did his stories and novels win awards and influence an entire generation of science-fiction writers, many of his works have been adapted into film and continue to inspire directors to this day. Alongside Ridley Scott’s genre-changing Blade Runner, inspired by Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Not to mention the films Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly and the recent television series The Man in the High Castle all owe their existence to his imagination.
For this special The Folio Society edition they have brought together two classic titles in an appropriately mind-bending format: read one, then turn the book upside down to enter the altered reality of the next. Bound in the tête-bêche binding style popular with early pulp publishers, the two titles are presented upside down relative to each other, and each features a different illustrator. For Androids, Chris Skinner has summoned the seedy neon-drenched noir of Dick’s original vision. Andrew Archer’s images for A Scanner Darkly are appropriately hallucinatory, offering a glimpse of the horrors and the wonders of a bad trip. A unique collaborative double-page illustration at the centre of the book brings these visionary worlds together, creating the ultimate collector’s edition of two science-fiction classics.
Both novels, written with Dick’s trademark energy and prescience, explore many of the author’s personal obsessions. His twin sister died when only a few weeks old, and his characters often find themselves at odds with ‘phantom twins’ and multiple identities, while his habitual drug use inspired A Scanner Darkly. As he writes in the poignant foreword, included with this edition: ‘I am not a character in this novel; I am the novel.’
Before heading off to the cinema, besides re-watching the original Blade Runner film, fans can read the original story with beautiful illustrations.
The Folio Society edition of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and A Scanner Darkly illustrated by Chris Skinner and Andrew Archer is available exclusively from www.foliosociety.com/PKD
Lead image credit: Illustration by Chris Skinner from The Folio Society of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick ©Chris Skinner 2017