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Deckard: I don’t know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life, anybody’s life, my life. All he’d wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.

citação do filme Blade Runner

Apesar das suas histórias serem intelectualmente desafiadoras e profundamente filosóficas a verdade é que não há outro escritor de ficção-cientifica, aquele tipo de literatura ainda considerada de “pobre” por muita boa gente, que seja tão amado por Hollywood como Philip K. Dick.

Mesmo assim, foram precisos 30 anos de escritos de Philip K. Dick para a “máquina de sonhos” compreender que pode haver ficção-científica rentável sem criaturas exóticas e sem grandes batalhas espaciais. Há mais ficção-científica para lá de Star Wars e Star Trek.
A novela “Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep” foi a inspiração para “Blade Runner” realizado por Ridley Scott.

Philip K. Dick passou a grande parte da sua vida profissional no limiar da pobreza e quando finalmente percebeu que podia enriquecer com os seus trabalhos faleceu com 53 anos de idade, sem ter assistido ao lançamento de “Blade Runner” (1982).

“Blade Runner” apesar de hoje ser considerado uma grande obra cinematográfica não teve o seu sucesso da noite para o dia. Foi apenas com sua edição “Director’s Cut” que “Blade Runner” revelou a sua potencialidade.
Se “Blade Runner” ainda pode ser um filme desconhecido por uma grande parte do público o mesmo já não se pode dizer de outros filmes baseados nos trabalhos de Philip K. Dick:
Total Recall (1990) – baseado em “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”. “Total Recall” foi também adaptado numa série televisiva em 1999 com o nome de “Total Recall 2070” (22 episódios).
Minority Report (2002) – baseado em “Minority Report”
Paycheck (2003) – baseado em “Paycheck”

poster, a scanner darkly

poster, a scanner darkly

Outros filmes:
Confessions d’un Barjo (1992) – baseado em “Confessions of a Crap Artist”
Screamers (1995) – baseado em “Second Variety”
Impostor (2002) – baseado em “Impostor”

E tudo isto por que foi noticiado que mais um conto de Philip K. Dick vai ser adaptado ao cinema.
Assim em 2007 poderemos assistir ao filme Next ( baseado no conto: “The Golden Man”) e A Scanner Darkly (baseado na novela com o mesmo nome) ainda este ano.

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  1. paulo brito
    paulo brito says:

    Descobri Philip K. Dick através da colecção de ficção-cientifica das PEA:

    n.º 006 – Ubik / Ubik (1969)

    Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else? Someone died in an explosion orchestrated by Runciter’s business competitors. And, indeed, it’s the kingly Runciter whose funeral is scheduled in Des Moines. But in the meantime, his mourning employees are receiving bewildering — and sometimes scatological — messages from their boss. And the world around them is warping in ways that suggest that their own time is running out. Or already has.

    n.º 010 – Os 3 Estigmas de Palmer Eldritch / The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965)

    In this wildly disorienting funhouse of a novel, populated by God-like–or perhaps Satanic–takeover artists and corporate psychics, Philip K. Dick explores mysteries that were once the property of St. Paul and Aquinas.

    n.º 043 – Blade Runner, Perigo Iminente / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

    By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

    Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn’t want to be identified, they just blended in.

    Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.

    n.º 074 – A Penúltima Verdade / The Penultimate Truth (1964)

    What if you discovered that everything you knew about the world was a lie? That’s the question at the heart of Philip K. Dick’s futuristic novel about political oppression, the show business of politics and the sinister potential of the military industrial complex.

    This wry, paranoid thriller imagines a future in which the earth has been ravaged, and cities are burnt-out wastelands too dangerous for human life. Americans have been shipped underground, where they toil in crowded industrial ant hills and receive a steady diet of inspiring speeches from a President who never seems to age. Nick St. James, like the rest of the masses, believed in the words of his leaders. But that all changes when he travels to the surface—where what he finds is more shocking than anything he could possibly imagine.

    n.º 079 – Fenda no Espaço / The Crack in Space (1966)

    In The Crack in Space, a repairman discovers that a hole in a faulty Jifi-scuttler leads to a parallel world. Jim Briskin, campaigning to be the first black president of the United States, thinks alter-Earth is the solution to the chronic overpopulation that has seventy million people cryogenically frozen; Tito Cravelli, a shadowy private detective, wants to know why Dr Lurton Sands is hiding his mistress on the planet; billionaire mutant George Walt wants to make the empty world all his own. But when the other earth turns out to be inhabited, everything changes.

    n.º 133 – Os Clãs da Lua de Alfa / Clans of the Alphane Moon (1964)

    When CIA agent Chuck Rittersdorf and his psychiatrist wife, Mary, file for divorce, they have no idea that in a few weeks they’ll be shooting it out on Alpha III M2, the distant moon ruled by various psychotics liberated from a mental ward. Nor do they suspect that Chuck’s new employer, the famous TV comedian Bunny Hentman, will also be there aiming his own laser gun. How things came to such a darkly hilarious pass is the subject of Clans of the Alphane Moon, an astutely shrewd and acerbic tale that blurs all conventional distinctions between sanity and madness.

    n.º 152 – Lotaria Solar / Solar Lottery (1955)

    The year is 2203, and the ruler of the Universe is chosen according to the random laws of a strange game under the control of Quizmaster Verrick. But when Ted Bentley, a research technician recently dismissed from his job, signs on to work for Verrick, he has no idea that Leon Cartwright is about to become the new Quizmaster. Nor does he know that he’s about to play an integral part in the plot to assassinate Cartwright so that Verrick can resume leadership of a universe not nearly as random as it appears.


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