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Philip K. PreDICKtions

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In 1981, Philip K. Dick seemed to cast himself as one of the Precogs from Minority Report, when he offered a list of his own prognostications to be published in the collection Book of Predictions. Here’s what PKD saw when he stared into the crystal ball courtesy of the PKD Otaku fan zine, issue number 11, 2003…

1983
The Soviet Union will develop an operational particle-beam accelerator, making missile attack against that country impossible. At the same time the U.S.S.R. will deploy this weapon as a satellite killer. The U.S. will turn, then, to nerve gas.
1984
The U.S. will perfect a system by which hydrogen, stored in metal hydrides, will serve as a fuel
source, eliminating a need for oil.
1985
By or before this date there will be a titanic nuclear accident either in the U.S.S.R. or in the U.S.,
resulting in shutting down all nuclear power plants.
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“How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later” by Philip K. Dick, 1978

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Philip k dick drawing” by Pete Welsch from Washington, DC, USA – Philip K Dick. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Via Deoxy.org

by Philip K. Dick 1978

First, before I begin to bore you with the usual sort of things science fiction writers say in speeches, let me bring you official greetings from Disneyland. I consider myself a spokesperson for Disneyland because I live just a few miles from it—and, as if that were not enough, I once had the honor of being interviewed there by Paris TV.

For several weeks after the interview, I was really ill and confined to bed. I think it was the whirling teacups that did it. Elizabeth Antebi, who was the producer of the film, wanted to have me whirling around in one of the giant teacups while discussing the rise of fascism with Norman Spinrad… an old friend of mine who writes excellent science fiction.… Read the rest

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Philip K. Dick was right: we are becoming androids

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Via Jesse Walker at Boing Boing:

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired the film Blade Runner, a bounty hunter pursues a group of androids who have been posing as human beings. He is eventually arrested and accused of being an android himself. The officers bring him to what turns out to be a counterfeit police station run entirely by androids, not all of whom are aware that they aren’t human.

“What do you do,” one of the robocops asks him, “roam around killing people and telling yourself they’re androids?”

It’s a complicated situation. But then, androids play a complicated role in Dick’s fiction. On the most obvious level, they represent the inhuman and the mechanical: People have empathy and will, while robots are rigid and soulless. It’s a familiar division in science fiction, though some storytellers prefer to put other monsters in the androids’ place.

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Breaking Up the Narrative: the 2015 Philip K. Dick Film Festival

FilmFestivalDaniel Abella is the founder and director behind the Philip K. Dick International Film Festival, which just held its third annual event this January at Tribeca Cinemas, NYC. I spoke with him about Philip K. Dick’s ongoing, reality-bending influence on cinematic expression.

J: What compelled you to start a Philip K. Dick film festival?

D: I have been a big fan of Philip K. Dick since learning he was compared to Jorge Luis Borges by Ursula LeGuin. After reading VALIS, Ubik and The Divine Invasion, I found a writer of great depth approaching some modern day philosophers. Philip K. Dick represents a distinctive voice that speaks of a bygone era in science fiction where humanity is prized and valued. My first film feature The Final Equation(1) was inspired by Philip K Dick’s mind bending 2-3-74 experience of meeting an alien intelligence he called VALIS. Based upon the good reception of the film it occurred to me that other filmmakers may want a forum to express their ideas and stories.… Read the rest

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“The Man In The High Castle” Philip K. Dick Adaptation Finds Lead Actress

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RAISE THE ALARMS. How did I not know this adaptation was happening in the first place?

via io9:

Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, which takes place in a world where the Axis won World War II, has found a lead for its new Amazon TV series. We’re just super happy this PKD book is finally getting an adaptation.

Deadline is reporting that Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans, Mob City) has been cast in the role of Juliana. For those of you unaware mthe Dick book takes place in 1962 in an alternate reality where World War II was won by the Axis powers; Germany and Japan occupy the United States, main character Juliana lives in the San Francisco which, like most of the West Coast, is now controlled by Japan. Meanwhile, the East Coast is controlled by Nazi Germany and the Midwest remains uncontrolled.

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Precognitive police

What could possibly go wrong? Color blind profiling? An excuse to shoot first and cover up later? A dystopian nightmare waiting to happen? What are your thoughts disinfonauts?

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Predictive policing could help prevent crime. But do we want a future where computer oracles and spies track us from birth?

When a troubled young man named Adam Lanza stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School and slaughtered 20 first-graders and six teachers in a small Connecticut suburb in December of 2012, a shroud of sorrow and confusion engulfed the United States and countries all over the world. Why were all these children murdered, and why did someone so clearly disordered have access to so many guns?

I covered the mass shooting for the New York Daily News, and worked 14-hour days interviewing victims’ families, attending press conferences, and doing as much on-ground reporting as possible. The toughest part of the coverage came a week in, at the memorial for a six-year-old named Dylan Hockley.

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John Alan Simon Discusses His Movie of Philip K. Dick’s ‘Radio Free Albemuth’

The cerebral Adi Tantimedh interviews John Simon's concerning his movie adaption of Philip K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth, at Bleeding Cool:
I first wrote about the movie version of Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth last year when I came across its Kickstarter campaign to raise money to self-distribute in cinemas and saw it at a screening at Lincoln Center in New York. Since then, my estimation of the movie has risen in its resonance and relevance to the times. It’s opening in ten US cities this week and On Demand. I spoke to writer-director John Alan Simon recently about the movie. I was curious about the decision to film the book over Dick’s long list of other novels. “Ive had a close-to-lifelong interest in Philip K. Dick,” said Simon. “I read him in college and earmarked mentally two novels that I felt a real affinity to one day adapt and try to produce as feature films. One of them was Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, the other was Radio Free Albemuth. At the time when we were initially talking to the agent for the estate, I didn’t really know the autobiographical aspect of Radio Free Albemuth. The novel had been published ten years after Philip K. Dick’s death, around 1985. It just wasn’t that well known yet about Dick’s actual visionary experiences with the entity that he called VALIS, or Vast Active Living Intelligent System, as he termed it in Radio Free Albemuth.”...
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Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth – Exclusive Poster Preview

Radio Free Albemuth filmmaker John Alan Simon has given us an exclusive look at the VOD poster for his movie – let us know what you think of it in the comments (be nice, y’all).

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Simon says, “The sci-fi prophet Philip K. Dick would have loved the technological magic that a film based on this work could be available to so many potential viewers all at once, everywhere in the U.S. to provoke the kind of political, philosophical and spiritual debates he believed in.   Today America, hopefully soon the world.  We believe this is the inevitable and promising future of movies – particularly the kind of thoughtful indie films we struggle so hard to get made in today’s comic book franchise, tentpole/blockbuster climate.”

Radio Free Albemuth will be released on June 27, 2014 not only in theatres in New York and Los Angeles and eight other major U.S. markets but also on all major VOD and digital  U.S.Read the rest

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Philip K. Dick’s ‘Radio Free Albemuth’ Movie

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Dickheads get ready: John Alan Simon’s motion picture adaptation of PKD’s Radio Free Albemuth is finally about to be released!

For the rest of you, Philip K. Dick was the author of the books on which the movies Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall and A Scanner Darkly were based; Radio Free Albemuth is his most prophetic science fiction thriller.

Simon told disinformation,

“The American establishment – and Hollywood in particular –  keeps trying to make PKD safe and give him the good house-keeping seal of approval,  but like the bizarre, transforming product UBIK in his great novel of the same name,  PKD keeps re-asserting his true subversive nature. Though Radio Free Albemuth was written almost 30 years earlier, it’s amazing to me how prescient Dick was in his vision of the post-9/11 terrorist American state, particularly during the Bush years when the curtailment of civil liberties seemed at its peak.”

Here’s the official movie description:

In an alternate reality 1985, Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe), a record store clerk in Berkeley begins to experience strange visions transmitted from an extra-terrestrial source he calls VALIS.

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Erik Davis on VALIS, P.K.D. and High Weirdness

APhilipKDickMomentAs part of the inaugural reread series on Reality Sandwich, Erik Davis, author ofTechGnosis and Nomad Codes, spoke with me recently about the “High Weirdness” of Philip K. Dick and the postmodern pink-gnosis of VALIS, a partly autobiographic scifi novel where Dick literally wrote himself into fiction, and, as it were, “hacked the Hero’s Journey” (1).  Erik tells us about how he first discovered Dick’s work when he was no pop culture icon but a pulp cult underground writer.

VALIS is loaded with half-fiction, half-truth narratives told by a multitude of personas. Philip K. Dick. Phil Dick. Horselover Fat. As Erik Davis will tell us, there is a method to this madness, PKD was always more than one author, and Dick may have ended up writing himself (2).

Just watch your step through the hallucinatory fiction this side of Chapel Perilous.

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