Skip to comments.Your complete guide to the films of Philip K. Dick
Posted on 05/17/2010 6:48:20 PM PDT by KevinDavis
Have you seen the trailer for The Adjustment Bureau yet (it's below)? That's the one starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as two peoplea candidate for the U.S. Senate and a ballerinawho meet, fall in love and run smack into a mysterious organization that controls the flow of history. Looks pretty trippy, right? Almost like a story by late science fiction legend Philip K. Dick. Well, that's because The Adjustment Bureau, which comes out Sept. 17, is loosely based on a Dick story called "Adjustment Team," although it seems little of his original story remains.
(Excerpt) Read more at scifiwire.com ...
Dick was an amazing talent. Troubled guy, but he gave us a lot.
How ‘bout a movie of PKD’s anti-abortion story, “The Pre-Persons”?
I don’t know about it..
By the way, as long as we're talking about great SciFi stories (sometimes screwed up by Hollywood,) here's a link to Supertoys Last All Summer Long in pdf format. It's the short story Stephen Spielberg screwed up making A.I.
Just what I was thinking. Imagine the howling from the left if someone made a movie true to the “Pre-Persons” story.......
I’m not a huge SciFi fan, but I do appreciate a good story.
Help a Newbie out. I’d like to read some of his short fiction, a form I just love, no matter what the subject.
Is there a short story collection I should start with, and/or where should I start with his novels?
So long and thanks for all the fish, LOL!
The article does not mention Screamers, based on “Second Variety”. Pretty close to the original story, very bleak and hopeless, with no happy ending. One character actually mentions Perky Pat, from two Dick stories.
A Scanner Darkly was pretty good from a Dick point of view, the total paranoia was infectious.
Blade Runner was a loss. The original message in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was lost, gone, diluted.
Let’s pool resources and do a film on Three Stigmata!
I'd recommend "Starship Troopers" by Heinlein, too. MUCH better than the movie. "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" is another good one by the same author.
Man in the High Castle is a good alternate world novel, pretty accessible. Through a Scanner Darkly is a little more disturbing, but very insightful. Just about any short story collection will be OK, some stories better than others.
This should be a good intro.
They now have a screamers part 2 and a movie called “Next”which is a copy of The Golden Man one of my fav PKD short stories..
The Three Stigmata is a great book.
But I have always been partial to UBIK as being the best thing he ever wrote.
Blade Runner is a fine film (one of only 5 titles in my permanent collection, I'm a real film snob) and I highly recommend it. Other films supposedly based on Phildick stories were only so-so at best.
Can't read just one or two phildick books and think you know about Dick. I suggest the entire canon in chronological order including the non-sci-fi Confessions of a Crap Artist.
Of course, if you don't want your mind to get all twisted around, then I recommend not reading any Dick at all.
As far as sci-fi movies go, I recommend Mad Max, it is a very tight and thrilling movie, not a single scene wasted.
I just saw the new DVD Star Trek not because it thought it would be good, I just wanted to see where the franchise was these days. The movie exceeded my not-very-high expectations and I am happy to recommend it to fans of Star Trek TOS. I especially liked McCoy's entrance, I hooted so loud I scared the animals.
Dave puts out science fiction anthologies, he’s very well known and does an excellent job. So if you want to read science fiction short stories and novellas, these Year’s Best collections of his are pretty good.
I love short stories, and science fiction shorts most of all.
Gardner Dozois also edits collections.
That is a great story and PKD said he got a lot of sh*t for writing the short....
“Androids” was such a good story and I was greatly disappointed in Blade Runner...if you want to pool money, let’s make a movie from “The Man in the High Castle”...alt history !
Start here,PKD had hundreds of short stories..
If you like part 1,try the others...
Blade Runner is a very different movie if you hadn't read 'Sheep' first, I suggest.
I read 'Sheep' after seeing the movie and was deeply disappointed in the book.
I don't think the two stories have the same essence or point at all.
“P.K. Dick was easily the weirdest of all the sci-fi writers”
J G Ballard? He was out there.
Kilgore Trout does not count.
Or maybe the earlier works of Philippe Jose Farmer, before Riverworld (which is pretty strange in a religious way).
Props for any of Heinlein’s “juveniles”.
I can’t recommend Heinlein’s later works unless a person has very flexible views of morality.
Depends on what you mean by 'flexible'. I, like Heinlein, think that sin lies only in deliberately hurting someone else unnecessarily.
Yes, Castle was probably the “straightest” story he wrote.
Ah if I had 50 million...
As for Blade Runner, someone above pointed out that if you did not read Androids first, Blade Runner was a pretty good movie. I’ll add, and you never read any PKD at all. Expectations.
That’s pretty much what I mean.
“P.K. Dick was easily the weirdest of all the sci-fi writers; his vision of reality could not easily be put on film.”
He was definitely weird. I’d add that he was extremely paranoid as well.
A Scanner Darkly stayed close to the books vision.
Blade Runner is great movie but nothing like the book. It should say inspired by PKD.
Blade Runner is one of the greatest movies of all time (not just sci-fi). I highly recommend seeing this movie. You will not be disappointed.
I’d like to see them do “Wired” by Walter Jon Williams. When Omni was still in print they’d have excellent short sci-fi stories and they ran an excerpt of “Wired” in it and I had to find out more about that weasel and found the book.
“Blade Runner is one of the greatest movies of all time (not just sci-fi).”
I recently saw The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. I urge you to see it too. Terry Gilliam has a masterpiece here.
Omni was a great mag in its day. G. Gordon Liddy wrote something for them that I’m still looking for.
I thought I was the only one. Loved the movie, but the book didn't do anything for me. I will say I didn't care for the Director's cut - I guess I just prefer it the way I originally saw it.
Philip K. Dick ranks with Mark Twain as a great American humorist.
Only seen bits and pieces of the films based on his work and detected little to no humor. His gnostic, Germanic theology is absent as well.
In fact, I have detected little PKD in any of the movies.
I'm not at all offended by the group marriage, etc, in his books. But I got so bored wading through all of it looking for actual stories that I gave up pretty quick.
There is something like 5 volumes of short stories, just visit the Philip K. Dick section of your local bookstore or library.
The book that turned me onto Phil was a story collection called The Best of Philip K. Dick but it is long since out of print. I think Father Thing was the first story I read.
The movie “Starship Troopers” was an utter abortion. Horrible, disgraceful and cynical manipulation of the point of the novel. The book isn’t perfect (far too preachy, as much of Heinlein’s later work is) but to distort it like Hollywood did is just plain wrong.
Kipple drives out nonkipple.
Just to clarify, those are short novels, not short stories. I've read two of the three. Starship Troopers might be in the Young Adult section of the library.
I have this one, which is quite good:
Thanks. I really liked that movie. It would’ve been so much BETTER without Tom Cruise though, LOL!
I’ll bet the book is miles better...as they usually are. I do prefer ‘the movies in my own head’ versus another interpretation. :)
Why don’t you post the ‘What Are You Reading’ posts anymore? I miss them! Too busy with Real Life?
” I, like Heinlein, think that sin lies only in deliberately hurting someone else unnecessarily. “
So much for 2,000 years of Christianity. Sigh.
Really. Well when y'all get your rocks in a pile and figure out which brand of "Christianity" you're selling you let me know.
” Well when y’all get your rocks in a pile and figure out which brand of “Christianity” you’re selling you let me know. “
The Word of God. Maybe you heard of that, maybe not. No selling though, a free gift, if you want it.
Oh I've heard of it, about a dozen different varieties. Is that the Word of God that says I'm going to Hell if I make love to my wife without wanting a baby?
Or is marital sex just for the sheer pleasure of it not a sin? Which one is it? You can't all be right. Right?
Or is it the Word of God that says I'm going to Hell because I enjoy a good Scotch or Bourbon?
Is it the Word of God that says I can't dance if I want to?
Or is it the Word of God that says dancing is OK?
Like I said, when y'all get that silly 'doctrine' thing figured out you let me know. Maybe then I'll darken the door of one of them churches everybody's talking about.
Until then I'll do what Jesus told me to do. "Go into a closet and pray." You remember that part of the Bible. Don't you?
Maybe I'll do it again before the summer reading season begins. Memorial Day weekend sound good?
Any day. Any time. Any book. Anywhere! :)
What DO people do that don’t read? ;)
“Starship Troopers” - based on the back cover of a novel by Robert Heinlein.
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