Monday, July 5, 2010

Wilson: The 'next Philip K. Dick'?

I would like to think that the strong interest that persists in Robert Anton Wilson could lead to a wider acceptance of his writing.

The model I am thinking of is science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. When I first began reading Dick, his readership was pretty much limited to science fiction fanatics. The titles were largely published as mass market, original paperbacks -- much as Wilson's early fiction was published.

Now, there's a Library of America edition of Dick. You can actually buy a three-volume Library of America boxed set, which collects 13 novels, including some of those little paperbacks I used to read as a teenager. Could mainstream acceptance be possible for Wilson?