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Books into Movies - Philip K Dick

Philip K Dick was born December 16, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. The tragedies in his young life-- his twin sister died shortly after birth, and his parents divorced when he was 4-- often influenced his work. He first science fiction story was published in 1952 and his first novel in 1955. He won the 1963 Hugo Award for Man in the High Castle and a 1983 Hugo for Dramatic presentation for Blade Runner. While regarded as a genius by Science Fiction audiences, he did not make much money despite steadily producing novels. His life was full of psychological problems with episodes Dick liked to call “nervous breakdowns.” He died of a stroke on March 2, 1982, only months before Blade Runner became a top selling movie.


Blade Runner (1982)
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Blade Runner
After world war has driven many species into extinction, copmpanies maufacture realistic machines. Fearful of artificial humans, the government bans them from Earth, but many just blended in. Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter whose job is to find rogue androids, and to retire them.
Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Bladerunner DVD



Total Recall (1990)
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Total Recall
Douglas Quail wishes to visit Mars but is unable to afford the trip. He visits Rekal, a company that offers implanted memories. When Quail has new memories implanted, older, dangerous memories return to the surface.
Based on the story "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale" (1966), available in We Can Remember it for You Wholesale (The Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 2)
Total Recall DVD



Screamers (1996)
American and Russian survivors of a post-war Earth must deal with a variety of intelligent machines bent on killing humans.
Based on the short story "Second Variety" (1953), available inSecond Variety: And Other Classic Stories (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 3)
Screamers DVD



Impostor (2002)
An alien race builds an android programmed to explode and destroy the Earth. Ignorant of his real nature, the humanlike android believes he is an innocent human.
Based on the short story "Impostor" (1953) available in Second Variety: And Other Classic Stories (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 3)
Imposter DVD



The Minority Report (2002)
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Minority Report
In a future society, murders are prevented before they happen through the efforts of three individuals who can see the future.
Based on the short stoy "Minority Report" (1956), available in The Minority Report (The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 4)
Minority Report DVD



Paycheck (2003)
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Paycheck - Int'l
After working two years on a secret project, an engineer has those years erased from his memory.
Based on the short story "Paycheck" (1953), available in Paycheck: And Other Classic Stories
Paycheck DVD



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