And I mean “Philip K. Dick” of course. Get your minds out of the gutter, people.
I’m a huge fan of written SF and have been for years. I’ve read a couple of Dick’s novels, or tried to read them, and man, they’re awful stuff. It’s not so much that they’re inaccessible as that they are pathological. I think Dick was a borderline paranoid schizophrenic, at least, that’s what his novels read like. I don’t understand why Hollywood gobbles 'em up like jujubes when there are so many much better writers in both SF and fantasy whose stories would make great movies.
Now we have “Through A Scanner Darkly” about people who can’t tell drug real from real real. Imagine that. THAT’S certainly a refreshing new tack for Dick.
I think Hollywood should just get over Dick. He wasn’t that good a writer, he had one idea (what is reality, man?) and otherwise his stuff is a big pile of dog poop. Think about all the success George Lucas has had exploring the mythic elements of SF, specifically the Galactic Empire myth. Why not do a few “Galactic Empire” stories like Lucas has? Hey, Star Trek is basically a Galactic Empire myth, too, and Star Wars and Star Trek are the two biggest SF franchises goin’. Think there might be a REASON for that?
There are a LOT of incredibly imaginative and well thought out visions of galactic empires out there. The Polesotechnic league. Niven’s future history. Asimov’s Foundation civilization. Cherryh’s Chanur stories. Iain Banks Culture worlds. The dying galactic empire of Keith Laumer’s Retief novels.
Hey you stupid Hollywood cows, SF writers have laid out quite the banquet for you to feast on, if you had the brains to see it. Stop slurping down that thin gruel that Dick provides, you morons. It’s not very good for you.