On this episode we’ll talk with “Blade Runner” screenwriter Hampton Fancher, “Blade Runner 2049” (and “Logan” and “American Gods”) screenwriter Michael Green, plus Paul M. Sammon, author of “Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.” Hollywood loves Philip K. Dick’s stories. We’ll learn about the making of “Blade Runner,” the adaptation of PKD’s 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” …And why the movie may never have happened without a chance meeting with Ray Bradbury.
In November of 1971, science fiction author Philip K. Dick came home to find his San Rafael home in ruins. What’s known as the mysterious break-in incident has led to many a conspiracy theory. It’s an infamous period in the life of a writer who would give us dozens of novels, hundreds of short stories and the inspiration for some of Hollywood’s most fantastic mind-trips. But who was the real Philip K. Dick? Was he a speed-eating psychotic? A genius paranoiac? A schizophrenic philosopher? Or someone far less troubled but just as genius? We’ll talk with “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” editor Marc Haefele and PKD’s friends Nicole Panter and Tim Powers to learn more.
You know the movies and TV shows based on his work: “Blade Runner,” “Minority Report,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Total Recall,” “Man in the High Castle” and many more. But science fiction author Philip K. Dick’s real life was just as varied and fantastic as his writing: 1960s counterculture, unsolved break-ins, government conspiracies, divine encounters with non-human intelligence… On this show we’ll talk with people who knew PKD — plus artists, scientists and thinkers inspired by his work — to learn more about science fiction’s greatest mind. Question your reality. The journey begins fall 2017.