Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Philip K. Dick, A day in the afterlife

(video link)

An excellent 1994 BBC documentary, including interviews with Tim Powers, James Blaylock, Thomas M. Disch, Kim Stanley Robinson, Brian Aldiss, Terry Gilliam, an assortment of ex-wives, friends and associates, as well as PKD himself.

I liked how this film riffs on Ubik, a favorite of mine, which is probably his most lucid and complete work.

Interesting note: Tim Powers was a close friend and submitted the typescript for Radio Free Albemuth, written in 1976 but published posthumously as Dick's "last novel" in 1985. The character "David" in VALIS is based on Powers and a later edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - published concurrent with the release of the film Blade Runner - is dedicated to him.

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