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Beard Of The Day – June 2nd – Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

As one of the masters of modern science fiction, the salt-and-pepper bearded Philip K. Dick was not only responsible for some of the genre’s greatest works, but also for some of the most adaptable source material for science fiction in cinema as well, due to his worlds being so fully realized on the page.

His list of works includes but is not limited to A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau, Total Recall, and the crown jewel, Blade Runner, which was based off of Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? Dick famously remarked that he was terrible at writing concise catchy names for his stories, as evidenced by the aforementioned Sheep, and Total Recall being based off the novel We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. Even the concise titles were completely esoteric, something we can identify with around these parts.

Dick’s most decorated work was The Man In The High Castle, which fleshes out the scenario of what would have happened had Germany won WWII, and yes, it is finally being made into a series soon available on Amazon. Dick’s stories often explored the topics of dystopia and theology, questioning the origins of human creation through the lens of things like computerized intelligence. And though he died in 1982, the vast majority of his work still holds up today, and there is even a Blade Runner sequel in the works currently. 

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