Monday, August 20, 2012

Delving into the history of my hero (and yes, there are typewriters)


















Phil and Tessa


EDIT: It seems to be called the 'Philip K Dick Trust', not the society.



Phil reading an article on the movie Blade Runner, the first film to be made of his writings. He, at last, was being paid properly for his work. Unfortunately, Phil was never able to see the movie completed, as he passed away before that was possible.







9 comments:

  1. Okay, now I understand how much of a fan of Philip K. Dick you really are, you even connected with his daughter. Very interesting sleuthing you did to find out about the "other typewriter." Glad you got your answer.

    Confession: I have not read a single book written by Philip K. Dick.

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    1. It was actually his wife Tessa, but she was young enough to be his daughter when they met.
      Do yourself a favor. If interested, read his novel UBIK. It is...absolutely amazing/insanity. The twists...by god, the twists. For lighter reading, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep (basis for Blade Runner...although the movie is so loosely based on the novel, it really could have been based on any android fighting book) is a great book, but the message is still so profound.

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    2. Ken, how could I have forgotten, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" was one of the inspirations for my blog name "I dream lo-tech!" The book title and idea of it, I picked up from Blade Runner.

      So I really don't have an excuse not to read the book, I already ordered it from Amazon.

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    3. Awesome! Please let me know how you liked it once you have finished. I love discussing Phil's work, even if it is just me rambling to Leila and Connor (my brother) about how simply amazing this or that book was.

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  2. I will definitely read "Do Androids Dream..." Been planning to for years, actually. Thanks for the reminder. Now if I can only get my ridiculously tall book stack moving....

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  3. Very interesting post. I've read some of his work and still pick it up now and then. In other SF news, Harry Harrison died the other day.

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    1. I am shamed to say that I do not know who Harry Harrison was. I am sure it is blasphemy to say so, but I will, in turn, look him up and check out his works.

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  4. Excellent discovery about PKD's first typewriter! I'll add it to my list of writers and their machines.

    I've read The Man in the High Castle and Counter-Clock World, which makes little sense but is fascinating/hilarious.

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    1. Thanks for adding it to the list! The Man In The High Castle was, I think, the very first novel to ever hypothesize a different turn out of WWII...which is awesome.
      I am not sure that I have read Counter Clock World as of yet. I read a few of his novels before deciding to read them in chronological order, so I probably haven't gotten to it yet.

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