Philip K. Dick

Recently stumbled upon this letter on the Philip K. Dick Trust website which he wrote shortly before he died.

Having studied the adaptation of Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep into Blade Runner, I was surprised to discover he had never actually seen Ridley Scott’s vision of his work. However, the thoughtful and enthusiastic tone of his take on footage he had seen of the film on TV are thoroughly positive:

“Blade Runner is going to revolutionise our conceptions of what science fiction is and, more, can be… My life and creative work are justified and completed by Blade Runner.”

As an aside, this 2007 profile of Philip K Dick in the New Yorker offers, for me, both a thorough overview and compelling insight into his work and work:

“Reading his life… one has a sense not of a man of thwarted ambition but, rather, of a man burning up with ideas and observations who found in a pop form the perfect vehicle for expressing them.”

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