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All Hail the Dick!

Blade Runner, the science fiction movie, was inspired by Phillip K Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" — though the latter bears no resemblance to the former.

I liked his novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, because it touched on religion. As well, the second book in the Valis trilogy, which also deal with religion, the Divine Invasion, was very enjoyable to read.

It is also notable that his novels Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau were made into movies.

As a fan of his works, I will quietly think to myself, "All Hail the Dick!"

Original post: June 6, 2005 1350H
Update posted: March 8, 2013 2019H

Phillip K. Dick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Dick
Crazy Like a Fox (Michael Moorcock on Phillip K. Dick): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/6524
The Divine Invasion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Divine_Invasion

1 comment:

Steve said...

"Towards the end of his life, alone and reclusive in a ranch house in southern California, he sat in the dark, listening for hours to the Grateful Dead and devotional classical music, hallucinating about swirling pink mists out of which emerged angry creatures with three eyes." --
Sean O'Hagan's review of Emmanuel Carrère's biography of Philip K. Dick, "I'm Alive and You're Dead: a journey into the mind of Philip K. Dick"

Actually what Philip saw are the three eyes of Shiva.

However, since he was under the influence of methamphetamines, he mistook the vision of "angry creatures with three eyes" as malevolent.

In actual fact, the creatures were a reflection of his own inner anger.

Equinamity arising from unconditional love is the cure for such anger.

Thus, with my balanced study of world mythology I am able to see clearly my own inner anger and resolve it accordingly.