Five months before he died, Philip K. Dick (PKD to obsessive fans such as I) wrote this.
The movie Blade Runner which was adapted from his book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep has, as we know, become a classic of modern cinema.
But PKD died a month before the movie was released and never got to see it in full. It’s important to remember that, apart from being one of the most influential movies of all time, Blade Runner was also a huge commercial flop. It completely bombed out in the cinemas and it was only through the gradual accumulation of cult status that the movie was saved from the dustbin of history. Which makes PKD’s prediction all the more Nostradamus-like:
The impact of Blade Runner is simply going to be overwhelming, both on the public and on creative people – and I believe, on Science Fiction as a field.
I have for a long time been a compulsive viewer of this movie.
Some people turn to Lord of the Rings. Some to Star Wars. Some to Harry Potter. Some depraved individuals even turn to Willow.
But I have always been a Blade Runner man (and to an equal extent, Alien) and so it was of no small importance to me when I came across PKD’s letter of October 11 1981.
I have to admit, I have read pretty much everything that PKD wrote. And I still enjoy re-reading his short stories and novels. Given there is less time to read than there once was, I turn to his shorts more often; somehow in their brevity they seem to contain the zaniness of his philosophy more fully.
Anyhow, I won’t rant about the glory of PKD any longer. This short clip of a Nexus-6 replicant can do the talking.