Philip K. Dick: Writings and Movies
Philip K. Dick (often abbreviated PKD) was groundbreaking. His writings were visionary and frequently prescient. His protagonists were usually normal people, working in business or repairing appliances. They weren’t superheroes and often existed in environments atypical for science fiction. He dealt with philosophical, sociological, political, and metaphysical themes using comprehensible language. PKD fundamentally changed SF. He created a major paradigm shift in the genre.
SF matured because of his pioneering style. Quite a few of his works have been adapted to film and television, with two tv shows added to that growing list this year alone. Clermont County Public Library owns these original writings The Man in the High Castle and Minority Report and as Books on CD and eBooks.
PKD on DVD
The list of written and filmed works that have have been inspired or influenced by PKD is extensive, and includes the movies Inception, The Truman Show, Gattaca, and In Time.
The library also owns many of his other classic books, such as:
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
(on which the film Blade Runner is based)
- Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
(John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner)
- A Scanner Darkly
(British Science Fiction Association Award winner; also made into a movie)
(chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest novels since 1923)
(his acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System)
Many of his novels and short stories are also available in other formats including Books on CD, e-Books, and e-Audiobooks.
Sadly, there will be no more writings from Philip K. Dick, as he passed away in 1982. However it’s a safe bet that his works will continue to be adapted to film and television for years to come. Rumor has it that two of his most famous novels, Ubik and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said will be made into movies in the near future.