Philip K. Dick on Blade Runner

Wandering aimlessly through the blogs can be worthwhile. Came across a post that links to a letter written by Philip K. Dick on the (then) forthcoming film Blade Runner.

Wandering aimlessly through the blogs can be worthwhile. Came across a post that links to a letter written by Philip K. Dick on the (then) forthcoming film Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. The sci-fi author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the shory story that inspired the movie, wrote approvingly of the adaptation.

I’m not certain if the movie attained the commerical and critical success Dick predicted, but I am certainly a fan of the movie which starred Harrison Ford. To call it a sci-fi movie I think risks alienating a larger audience that would otherwise appreciate the beautifiully shot scenes, wonderful performances and timeless question that asks What Makes Us Human? It’s a question that I come back to in my novel. This prompts me to add Dick’s story to my reading list. I’ve intended to read it for some time.

A bit of trivia I had heard: actor Rutger Hauer, who plays Roy Batty in the movie, wrote the soliloquy in his final scene. It really is a great movie of any genre.

Have you read Electric Sheep or seen Blade Runner? What do you think?

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