Philip K. Dick: Prophet of the 21st Century

PKD_eyeFrom Chris M. at Black Sun Gazette:

Philip K. Dick is sci-fi’s most imaginative seer. I know that’s a pretty strong statement, but it’s from the heart. Everybody has a favorite author and he’s one of mine. All though his life was relatively short (1928–82) he wrote hundreds of short stories and four dozen novels. He worked in obscurity, with the exception of a 1963 Hugo Award for Best Sci-Fi Novel, and didn’t recieve mainstream attention until shortly before his death.

In 1981 his novel Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep was adapted as a film called Blade Runner. It’s a brilliant film by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, which still holds up today and one of the few faithful from book to Hollywood movie success stories. But after the movie came out in 1982, and Dick finally started making some money, he had a stroke and died. We lost a legend and a great artist.

Full Article at Black Sun Gazette

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  • tonyviner

    I just watched Blade Runner the other day. I once watched A Scanner Darkly on mushrooms. Weird!.

    • girlmachine

      Yeah, I watched Blade Runner recently, too, inspired after visiting the Bradbury building where it was filmed. I am nearly convinced that I should start reading his work, when the time finally presents itself.

  • http://myspace.com/santosramos fabian

    my roomate was watching the movie juno in the living room while i was “peakning” on gram and a half of shrooms and a really small paper hit of acid ( which i've never tried before or since). there was a scene where the main chic and this other chic wre talking on the phone, then the one turned into frankinstein and the other wolfman. had one of the best times

  • girlmachine

    Yeah, I watched Blade Runner recently, too, inspired after visiting the Bradbury building where it was filmed. I am nearly convinced that I should start reading his work, when the time finally presents itself.