A letter from PKD after first seeing a TV preview of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"

"Nothing that we have done, individually or collectively, matches BLADE RUNNER. This is not escapism; it is super realism, so gritty and detailed and authentic and goddam convincing that, well, after the segment I found my normal present-day “reality” pallid by comparison."—Philip K. Dick writing to Jeff Walker at the Ladd Company, after watching a TV preview of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, the film version of his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. (Dangerous Minds)


  1. Dick is a poor critic, because he was always unsure of the line between fantasy and reality.  That might be a fun way to live, but it’s not a critical stance.

      1. Not wrath but pity, as neither you nor Boundegar seem to have read Dick’s letter, in which he isn’t offering criticism but a spontaneous and enthusiastic response to a brief glimpse of the movie. (And, Boundegar, despite Dick’s complicated relationship with reality and sanity, the letter is thoughtful and warm, and quite coherent.) What traces of criticism are there are directed at his views of the then-current state of the art of science fiction, and he might have been quite right about that.

  2. So often authors are disappointed with the film versions of their stories. It’s wonderful that while PKD did not see the final result, he was genuinely liked what he saw of what they were doing.

  3. Would have loved to see PKD’s less than excited letter after seeing pretty much anything else adapted from his work.

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