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What Did Author Philip K. Dick Think of ‘Blade Runner’?

Blade Runner
Warner Bros./Doubleday

Movies adapted off of literary works have been done practically everyday in Hollywood for many years. Sometimes the adaptations turn out to be worse that the written word, which never makes the author very happy. But ever once in awhile a movie will be made off their novel or short story that’s so spectacular that they can’t stop praising the film.

Ridley Scott’s classic movie ‘Blade Runner’ came out in 1982 and forever changed the face of science fiction cinema. With one quick swoop it not only pushed the limits of movie effects but just our general viewpoint on what the world could be, what it can be.

Many audiences across the globe have been won over by ‘Blade Runner,’ but the one person whose opinion mattered the most on the subject matter was renowned science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. After all, if it weren’t for his novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” we wouldn’t have ‘Blade Runner’ in the first place.

In a just-discovered letter, posted by the Philip K. Dick website, the author expressed his amazement with the science fiction novel. Here’s an excerpt that stuck out the most from the letter:

“This is not escapism; it is super realism, so gritty and detailed and authentic and goddam convincing that, well, after the segment I found my normal present-day “reality” pallid by comparison. What I am saying is that all of you collectively may have created a unique new form of graphic, artistic expression, never before seen. And, I think, BLADE RUNNER is going to revolutionize our conceptions of what science fiction is and, more, can be.”

Sadly Philip K. Dick was not able to see ‘Blade Runner’ in it’s entirety. He died early that next year, a couple of months shy from the release. Regardless, not only did ‘Blade Runner’ revolutionize sci-fi cinema but brought more of the author’s written work to light, bringing forth a series of movie adaptations from ‘Minority Report’ to ‘Total Recall.’ Read the rest of the letter below.

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