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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Phillip K Dick: books to movies

Posted by Alana T.

Hearing the news that one of my favorite 80's movies, Total Recall, is going to be reinerpreted with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston, I was struck with disbelief.  How can you improve on the original?  Setting those thoughs aside, I realized that the movie is only one of many based on stories by Phillip K. Dick, one of my favorite authors.

Maybe you've seen the movies, but have you read the books or stories?   Give one or two a try.  Start with Do They Dream of Electric Sheep.  It's short and the differences between it and Blade Runner are very interesting.  You will be left with a new understanding of the characters and social setting in which the story takes place. 

But maybe you haven't seen all the movies.  I've provided a list below.  Either way, watch a movie, or read a book, you'll have insight into the mind of one of the best sci-fi writers of the last century.

Blade Runner (1982) based on the novella Do They Dream of Electric Sheep?
Total Recall (1990) based on We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
Screamers (1995) based on Second Variety
Imposter (2001) based on Imposter

Minority Report (2002) based on Minority Report
Paycheck (2003) based on Paycheck
A Scanner Darkly (2006) based on A Scanner Darkly
Next (2007) based on the short story The Golden Man
The Adjustment Bureau (2010) based on the short story The Adjustment Team

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