Science-fiction author Philip K. Dick died inyet he looms large over popular culture even now, especially in Hollywood. It's not just the influential movies like Blade Runner, Total Recalland Minority Report that are directly adapted from Dick books and stories.
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Video: Warner Bros. Few have made a mark in film and television in the past 35 years like that of the visionary sci-fi author Philip K Dick. So what explains the longevity of the stories of an author who struggled to make ends meet, and how have works so often set in a distant future managed to live on decades after that future came and went? The Man in the High Castleby contrast, is a relatively straightforward parallel history, depicting a United States after a Nazi victory in the second World War.
Philip K. Dick was an American author known for his science fiction works, often with dystopian and drug related themes. Some of his works have gone on to be adapted to films and series garnering much acclaim, such as the Ridley Scott film Blade Runnerwhich was an adaptation of Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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His work explored philosophical, social, and political themes, with stories dominated by monopolistic corporations, alternative universesauthoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. His writing also reflected his interest in metaphysics and theologyand often drew upon his life experiences, addressing the nature of realityidentitydrug abuseschizophreniaand transcendental experiences. Dick produced 44 published novels and approximately short storiesmost of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime.
This perhaps explains why the author's books and novels are so often a source of inspiration to filmmakers and other writers, in spite of their frequently bewildering nature. Movies based on Philip K Dick's work have regularly appeared on the big screen since Ridley Scott brought Blade Runner to the screen inand more adaptations have been announced for the future. Dick passed away before Blade Runner 's premiere, and never had the opportunity to enjoy the huge following his work has gradually acquired, or the far-reaching effect his writing has had on the writers and directors that followed him.