Study Guide for Philip K. Dick: Blade Runner (1968)

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Study Guide for Philip K. Dick: Blade Runner (1968) Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17,Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Chapter 21, Chapter 22 Philip K. Dick is one of the crucial figures in modern science fiction. He wastoo prolific for his own good, churning out dozens of novels for cheap paperbackpublication, often in such haste that their conclusions tend to be their weakestpart. He was obsessive, disorganized, and in his later years paranoid. Yet hisconceptions were often brilliant, and he has come to be looked on as one of themasters, though only a small fraction of his work is in print at any one time.His titles are often wonderfully surrealistic, as in the striking Flow MyTears, The Policeman Said; and Blade Runner was originally titled (for reasonsthat will become apparent as you read it) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. When Ridley Scott made his 1982 film based loosely on the novel he eliminatedthe electric sheep (along with much else), and Dick`s title no longer made sense(nor would it have been very effective on a marquee). The film company bought the rights to another novel by a different author and threw away everything butthe title--Blade Runner--a term which occurs nowhere in the book. The film eventually gained great fame, and the novel was eventually retitled to match. Since thenone of his other works has been filmed ...

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